Two days after Broome’s arrest, police arrested Ashley C. Montalvo, of Norwood and Montrose, and Guillermo Del Pozo and Brisa D. Felix-Gonzales, of Montrose
A $1,000 reward has been offered for information leading to the arrest of part-time Norwood resident Ulises Omar Felix, who lived with Montalvo and their two children outside Norwood, next door to the site of the Sept. 6-7 home invasion; Felix remains at large.
The incident was first reported on Wednesday, Sept. 7, when three Norwood residents contacted the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office, saying they had been “assaulted, tied up, robbed and held against their will for over 12 hours,” according to the arrest affidavit. Their two attackers wore “camouflage clothing, gloves and masks,” and carried two AK47 rifles (one with a drum magazine), a revolver and a machete.
Broome confessed he and Felix were the two assailants who “tortured one victim with a stun gun, [binding] them all with black and grey duck tape,” beating them and going on to cut down and remove “approximately 25 marijuana plants,” more than $3,000 in cash, a revolver and a gasoline-powered generator.
In the early hours of Wednesday, Sept. 7, after one victim “was able to chew through his duct-tape bonds and escape,” the duo fled.
A key break in the case came the next day, when two visitors to the region “discovered a pair of size 12 hiking boots at the bottom of the San Miguel River, about 10 miles from the robbery,” according to the arrest warrant.
“Inside the boots were stuffed three camouflage gloves and a camouflage face mask.” The visitors “brought the boots and items to the sheriff’s office;” a subsequent analysis of DNA and footprints found at the scene of the crime revealed several matches.
A TRAIL OF EVIDENCE
The discarded items were traced to Wal-Mart, in Montrose, where bar code information led officers to video recordings of Montalvo and Brisa D. Felix-Gonzales, Felix’s sister buying the items used in the home invasion, and then “leaving the Wal-Mart store in a white four-door Buick sedan.”
Felix-Gonzalez, soon identified as a recent social-services transfer client from Arizona, was also, according to Arizona law-enforcement officers, a member of the Sinaloa Cartel who was arrested in the Phoenix area for involvement in a home invasion in which the suspects wore black masks, body armor and threatened victims with AK-47 rifles (she was not charged in that case).
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Officers obtained contact information for both women from their children’s elementary school in Montrose County, tracing the white Buick to a residence on Kinikin Road, next door to the site of the home invasion, owned by the parents of Felix and Felix-Gonzalez.
THREE SUBSEQUENT ARRESTS, AND ONE FUGITIVE
While Broome and Felix conducted the home invasion, Felix-Gonzalez and her husband, Guillermo Del Pozo, processed the stolen marijuana plants at the family’s Kinikin Road property; when they were finished, Broome said, Felix buried the firearms behind an RV on the property.
On Sept. 28, SMSO deputies set up surveillance on the Kinikin Road property (an apparent “tree farm”), and observed Del Pozo “placing a black plastic bag and a dark-colored storage container” in the trunk of his Toyota Camry, which they followed; upon being joined by “marked patrol units” on Ogden Road, “a high-risk traffic stop was performed.”
Montalvo, seen leaving the search area in a white Buick, was soon arrested by Montrose officers.
Felix-Gonzalez, Del Pozo and Montalvo are in Montrose County Jail; a wanted poster has been issued for Felix, with a $1,000 reward offered for information leading to his arrest on charges of with Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance, Aggravated Robbery, First Degree Burglary, Theft, False Imprisonment and Use of Stun Guns. The marijuana, chopped down at least six weeks before maturation, had no value. The SMSO was assisted by the Norwood Marshal's Office, Montrose Police Department, Montrose County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado 7th Judicial District Drug Task Force, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, the New Mexico 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office, New Mexico State Police, Curry County Sheriff’s Office, Clovis Police Department, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.