U.S. Marshals Capture Murder Suspect Jose Luis Aguilar after More Than 20 Years on the Run.
Contact: Supervisory Deputy Charlie Ahmad
District of Colorado, 720-264-7736
Hale County Assistant District Attorney Chris Brown, 806-296-2416
DENVER – Yesterday morning at approximately 0815 hours (MDT) the U.S. Marshals Service Colorado Violent Fugitive Task Force (COVOTF) investigators, located and apprehended wanted fugitive Jose Luis Aguilar. Aguilar was wanted by Hale County, Texas Sheriff’s Office for the April of 1992 Homicide where he allegedly shot a man during an argument at a rodeo in Plainview, Texas.
On July 24th the U.S. Marshals Service North Texas Fugitive Task Force-Lubbock Division developed information indicating that Aguilar may be in the Denver area under an assumed name with a female associate. COVOTF investigators developed additional information locally pointing to a specific residence in Denver. Early yesterday morning surveillance was established at the residence on the East 16000 Block of Green Valley Ranch Blvd in Denver. Investigators had in their possession a computer generated age progression photo based on a single photograph of Aguilar from 1991 to use for identification purposes <attached>.
At approximately 0815 COVOTF investigators observed a male matching Aguilar’s physical characteristics and the age progression photo leaving the residence. COVOTF investigators made contact with Aguilar at the intersection of 46th Avenue and Chambers Road, where he was placed into custody.
Aguilar’s true identity was later confirmed by fingerprint match. Aguilar was then booked into the Douglas County Jail on $1,000,000 bond pending extradition back to Texas.
“After twenty-one years of running from Texas authorities,” said Chief Deputy Kenneth Deal. “This fugitive will finally face justice because of the hard work of our investigators here in Colorado and in Texas.”
The Colorado Violent Fugitive Task Force is led by the United States Marshals Service and is comprised of officers from several different federal, state and local agencies including Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and the Douglas County and Weld County Sheriff’s Offices.