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Shelter-in-place order lifted in Broomfield after suspect arrested

Officers arrested James Ortiz, 36, in the area of 118th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, Broomfield Police said.

BROOMFIELD, Colo. — A shelter-in-place order was lifted Wednesday morning after officers arrested a the suspect in a hit-and-run, Broomfield Police Department said.

Police said officers responded around 6:38 a.m. to a reported hit-and-run involving a truck and trailer on the shoulder of U.S. 36 near the Wadsworth Boulevard.

Officers discovered the the truck, trailer and tools were reported stolen in Westminster, according to police. 

While investigating the scene police said officers spotted the suspect, identified as 36-year-old James Ortiz, running away from the scene.

Credit: Broomfield Police Department


Police said Ortiz then entered the Harvest Station Apartments, located at 11775 Wadsworth Boulevard near the intersection of 118th Avenue and Wadsworth Boulevard, kicked the door to one of the apartments open and barricaded himself inside, but the residents were not home at the time.

Police tweeted at at 7:43 a.m. that a Code Red Alert had been issued for the complex, and officers knocked on doors in the complex to alert residents.

The Broomfield SWAT team called in to assist, and about 40 minutes later police said Ortiz was taken into custody and the shelter-in-place order was lifted.

Police said Ortiz threatened officers, resisted arrest before he was taken to the hospital for treatment of minor injures and is being held at the Broomfield Detention Center on suspicion the following charges:

  • First-degree burglary
  • First-degree motor vehicle theft
  • Theft of $20,000 to $100,000
  • Criminal mischief
  • Resisting arrest
  • Obstruction
  • Possession of a weapon by a previous offender
  • Felony menacing
  • Two counts of violation of bond conditions 

Police said a loaded gun was also found at the scene.

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Anyone with information is asked to contact Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at info@nococrimestoppers.com or 1-800-222-8477. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Calls to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers are not recorded and the phone does not have caller ID, according to the NoCoCrimestoppers website. A coordinator completes a tips information form, makes initial inquiries and passes the information along to investigators. 

A two-way dialogue system online also allows tipsters to come back and provide additional information and ask questions.  

A community board of directors meets regularly to evaluate arrests and determine reward amounts. 

> More information about Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional NoCo Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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