Brisa Felix-Gonzales, the sister of Ulises Omar Felix, one of two men charged in executing the brutal 12-hour home invasion, pleaded guilty to accessory charges in the Aggravated Robbery of a Controlled Substance, First Degree Burglary, Theft, False Imprisonment and the Use of Stun Guns, in San Miguel County Court last week. (Felix remains at large.) Felix-Gonzales’ husband, arrested as Guillermo Del Pozo, but whose fingerprints revealed his actual name to be Juan Carresco-Lopez, pleaded guilty to false reporting to authorities and to marijuana possession charges, and faces deportation to Mexico.
Family Owned Property Near Burn Canyon
Felix-Gonzales and Felix’s parents owned property bordering the Burn Canyon-adjacent marijuana-growing operation robbed by the Felix and Norwood resident Gregory Broome, wearing masks and brandishing AK-47s, in a 12-hour ordeal that began on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 6.
The incident was reported on 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, tracked to New Mexico by Sheriff Bill Masters and arrested, 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, according to police reports. In the early hours of Wednesday, Sept. 7, and 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. The discarded items were traced to Wal-Mart, in Montrose, where bar code information led officers to video recordings of Montalvo and Felix-Gonzales 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
for involvement in a home-invasion case, in which the suspects wore black masks and body armor, and threatened victims with AK-47 rifles, a scenario to the one employed in the Norwood home invasion.
The Sinaloa Cartel is considered the world’s most powerful drug-trafficking organization.
“There are no magical walls,” San Miguel County Sheriff Bill Masters said after the arrests of four of the five suspects, protecting Americans from the incursion of drug cartel-related violence into our lives.
The marijuana crop targeted in the crime, which was chopped down at least six weeks before maturation, had no value.