Public taking notice of Craig’s Most Wanted
December 13, 2007
Craig — One word, printed in big block letters, is stretched across the pictures of four fugitives once listed as some of Craig’s Most Wanted criminals.
That word: captured.
Sue Burns, a Police Department patrol officer and Web master, said officers received tips on the whereabouts of the alleged offenders. The information may not have directly led to each capture, she said, but the tips indicate people are reviewing the department Web site, craigpolice.org, and contacting police with potential suspect whereabouts.
“The public,” Burns said, “is definitely looking at it. The information is getting out there. We appreciate any of the tips we get.”
As it stands now, there are 22 offenders listed on the Most Wanted thread, which was launched about a year ago. Their alleged offenses range from violent crimes, such as attempted murder and assault to possession of dangerous drugs and other narcotics violations.
Burns said the Police Department has numerous suspects with warrants out for their arrests. What lands a suspect on the Most Wanted list is that he or she have likely fled the jurisdiction, she said.
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“The most important criteria for the Most Wanted list is we believe they left the area, that we’re probably not going to run into them” here, said Burns, a police officer since 2000.
Since its implementation, the Most Wanted list has been one of the most popular of the police department’s Web site threads. Threads for methamphetamine awareness, sexual offender information and the Most Wanted list receive the most user hits, Burns said.
Although the Most Wanted fugitives are listed in no particular order, Burns said a 30-year-old man wanted on a warrant for attempted murder is perhaps the most sought after, based on the seriousness of the alleged offense.
Steve Alvin Casias, also known as “Skrapy,” is charged in 14th Judicial District Court with attempted murder, two counts of kidnapping, second-degree assault, robbery and extortion. The charges stem from an incident in which Casias and three other suspects allegedly kidnapped, choked and threatened a Craig woman.
Casias’ last known address is in Alamosa and he frequents Colorado Springs and Durango, according to the Most Wanted site.
The case against Casias is on hold until he is apprehended and brought back to Moffat County, prosecutors said.
One of the alleged accomplices in the incident, Megan Crook, is scheduled for a Jan. 22 preliminary hearing. The two other suspects, James Barry and Ramona Brassard, are in the early stages of court proceedings.
Police advise that people consider Most Wanted suspects as dangerous and “never attempt to confront or detain any criminal yourself.”