Man held in Pogline death sent to Nevada
A 20-year-old man, who was taken into custody the night James Pogline was fatally shot, was released from the Moffat County Public Safety Center on Sunday to a detention center in Las Vegas.
Octavio “Alex” Chavez, 20, was arrested in connection with the Oct. 22 shooting at Timberglen Apartments. He was taken into custody on an armed robbery charge in Nevada and held by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
“We do not feel confident in charging him with anything at this point,” Craig Police department Capt. Jerry DeLong said.
Police said Chavez’ release doesn’t mean local authorities can’t press charges against him later.
Chavez is a cousin to 16-year-old Hugo Antino Silva-Larios, Moffat County Sheriff Buddy Grinstead said.
Silva-Larios also was arrested Oct. 22 and is being held in Grand Mesa Division of Youth Corrections in Grand Junction on a felony charge of possession of a dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors have been allowed an extension until the end of this month to file charges against Silva-Larios in connection with the shooting.
According to court testimony, a Colorado State Patrol officer pulled over the Chevy S-10 Blazer that Silva-Larios was driving the night of Oct. 22.
Two passengers also were in the vehicle, police said.
After obtaining a search warrant, police confiscated a rifle and a handgun from the vehicle.
Police testified in district court that Silva-Larios admitted when questioned to firing the .22-caliber rifle Oct. 22 at the apartment complex.
However, Silva-Larios’ attorney Kris Hammond questioned his client’s admission because local authorities were not fluent in Spanish, Silva-Larios’ first language.
Craig Police Department Lt. John Forgay said the case was progressing slowly. As of last week, police had logged 30 reports on the case, some of which included multiple interviews with the same person. Each time a new person is mentioned in an interview, that person also has to be questioned, Forgay said.
Forgay said Chavez’ release is not indicative of the investigation.
“This is not a step back in the investigation,” he said. “It is just part of the process.”
Amy Hatten can be reached at 824-7031 or email@example.com.
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