Craig man arrested for attempted homicide, arson following manhunt |

Craig man arrested for attempted homicide, arson following manhunt

Law enforcement initially responded to Cedar Mountain trailer part on reports of an assault, upon arrival they discovered smoke coming from the structure.
Doug Slaight for Craig Fire Rescue/courtesy

Editor’s note: This story has been updated.

CRAIG — Officers from the Craig Police Department have arrested Craig resident Jonathan Alexzander Waugh, 36, on suspicion of multiple felony charges, including attempted first-degree murder.

At 4 p.m., Thursday, June 21, officers were called by a Craig woman, who reported her nephew had tried to kill her.

Officers were subsequently dispatched to a mobile home in Cedar Mountain Trailer Park, in the 900 block of West First Street.

Jonathan Alexzander Waugh

“On arrival, they saw the victim’s residence was filled with smoke,” said Chief of Police Jerry Delong at about 7:30 a.m. Friday. “The fire department quickly extinguished the fire inside the residence. The victim was located outside of the residence. She had injuries to her upper body.”

The woman was transported to The Memorial Hospital in Craig for treatment. Waugh had fled the scene in a black pickup truck. A BOLO notice was issued on the vehicle, but no details were released to the public while officers from multiple agencies searched for him.

Waugh was located and arrested about 9 p.m. Thursday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Waugh was charged with attempted first-degree murder, first-degree arson, two counts of second-degree assault, felony criminal mischief, second degree burglary and attempted first-degree assault.

All the charges are felonies.

In addition to the response from the Craig Police Department, Craig Fire Rescue, Moffat County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and  Memorial Regional Health Emergency Medical Services, Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the District Attorney’s Office and an investigator from the Colorado Division of Fire Prevention and Control assisted with the incident.

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