Federal fugitive arrested in Craig | CraigDailyPress.com

Federal fugitive arrested in Craig

Colorado State Patrol and Craig Police arrested a federal fugitive in Craig after the man’s pickup broke down on a county road and he tried to obtain food assistance from emergency dispatch services.

Christopher Marquez, 34, of Cortez, is being held in the Moffat County Jail without bail on a warrant from the United States Marshals Service for possession of a firearm.

Trooper Marty Smith first responded to a call Nov. 26 of an abandoned pickup truck 20 miles south of Craig on Colorado Highway 13. The vehicle was traced back to Marquez and a companion, Angela Maria Elena Gutierrez, 29, also of Cortez who later called in to dispatch requesting food assistance. However, neither Gutierrez nor Marquez would immediately give their names to the authorities to obtain assistance.

Gutierrez was booked into the Moffat County Jail on a warrant for outstanding criminal charges, including obstructing a peace officer, Smith said.

She also is accused of having a pistol and ammunition in her possession illegally.

Marquez and Gutierrez allegedly hitchhiked into Craig and rented a room at the Colorado Inn, Smith said. Police first visited the motel to learn more about the circumstances surrounding the abandoned pickup.

Police left the hotel and ran Marquez’s name, learning of the outstanding warrant.

When they returned, Marquez had fled the motel, but an anonymous caller tipped off Cortez police about his whereabouts in Craig. Local law enforcement were notified and followed up on the tip. They found Marquez in a field behind the Safeway grocery store where the caller had indicated Marquez would be. Marquez gave himself up to police, Smith said.

Returning to the motel to talk with Gutierrez, police noticed a handbag on the bed and asked to search it. Gutierrez refused and clutched the bag, but Smith demanded to see it, he said. In the bottom of the bag Smith said he found a pistol and ammunition. Smith said Gutierrez also may face federal charges.

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