Charged with Attempted Murder, Assault, Misconduct
SURPRISE, Ariz. – A 25-year-old Telluride man is in Arizona police custody in connection with a near-fatal shooting in Surprise last month in an apparent dispute over drugs, authorities say.
Robert Barragan of Telluride was arrested at a Phoenix residence Oct. 22 and charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and misconduct involving weapons in the early-morning shooting of another man outside a residence in Surprise’s Original Town Site on Sept. 14.
To protect his safety, the 24-year-old victim has not been identified, said Sgt. Bert Anzini, a spokesman for the Surprise Police Department. Anzini described the two men as acquaintances.
The shooting occurred in front of a multi-family apartment complex in the 15400 block of Jerry Street with a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun, according to court records.
“The victim was shot seven times at relatively close range. He is still not able to speak with us and answer questions,” Anzini said.
Shortly after the incident, Surprise police developed leads that Barragan fled the state and may have headed to either California or Colorado, where he has friends and family. The U.S. Marshal’s Violent Offenders Task Force, which includes a member of the Surprise Police Department, eventually went to Telluride.
Along with members of the local police department the task force raided the Shandoka Apartment complex Oct. 10 where some family members of Barragan’s live, but he was not there, said James Kolar, Chief Marshal of the Telluride department. “We kept getting word perhaps he was being hidden by friends and family members,” Kolar said.
However, sometime after the raid, Telluride police took a report of an auto theft from the Shandoka Apartment complex, and later found the vehicle on Interstate 40 in northern Arizona between Chambers and Holbrook, Kolar said. The location is about 257 miles or 4.5 hours away from Telluride, in southwest Colorado. Barragan was arrested a day later. He was taken into custody by members of the marshal’s Violent Offenders Task Force without incident, according to Anzini.
Barragan is being held in lieu of $300,000 cash-only bail at the Maricopa County 4th Avenue Jail. Court documents obtained from Maricopa County Superior Court state, “ (the) defendant poses a grave threat to those associated with this case.”
Barragan has three prior arrests, according to Arizona Department of Corrections records. He served a combined total of nearly three years for two counts of forgery and one of misconduct involved weapons. Forgery is a Class 4 felony; the misconduct charge is a Class 6 Felony.
Barragan was scheduled to make his first court appearance Oct. 30 in Superior Court for a formal reading of the charges.
– Reprinted with permission of The Surprise Independent. Additional reporting by Samuel Adams