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Most Wanted suspect found

Casias in Moffat County on attempted murder charge

Joshua Roberts

— Cross a name off Craig’s Most Wanted list.

Steve Alvin Casias, also known as “Scrappy” and “Spanish Fly,” was booked into Moffat County Jail on Wednesday, after being arrested by authorities in Alamosa.

Casias, 30, is charged in the 14th Judicial District with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, second-degree assault, robbery and extortion.

The Moffat County Sheriff’s Office traveled to Alamosa and retrieved the suspect.

The charges against Casias stem from an incident in which he and three other suspects allegedly kidnapped, choked and threatened a Craig woman.

His first court appearance was Thursday afternoon in Moffat County Court.

Judge Sandra Gardner set bond for Casias at $75,000. He will next appear at 3 p.m. Tuesday for a status conference.

The court date corresponds with preliminary hearings for two other suspects – Megan Crook, 21, and James Barry, 31 – involved in the alleged incident against the Craig woman.

The alleged incident occurred in September 2007 in a parking lot in the 400 block of Yampa Avenue.

The woman told police she was assaulted and then taken to an area south of Loudy-Simpson Park, where she was strangled, assaulted and warned against reporting the incident to police.

A judge will determine at the preliminary hearings whether there is ample evidence to bound the suspects over for trial.

Twenty people remain on the Police Department’s Most Wanted list. Their alleged offenses range from violent crimes to possession of dangerous drugs and other narcotics violations.

Each of them likely has fled the jurisdiction, police said.


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