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Police arrest one, seek second suspect in robbery

The Pagosa Springs Police Department is on the lookout for a suspect following an aggravated robbery early in the morning of May 28.

Jesse James Hanson-Colburn, 30, of Pagosa Springs, is wanted for aggravated robbery following an incident at a home on North Second Street. The report was received by officer John Martin at about 4:30 a.m. on May 28, Det. Scott Maxwell said.

According to Maxwell, the victim reported that he heard loud banging on the door. When Martin opened the door halfway, it was pushed open by a man the victim identified as Hanson-Colburn.

The victim reported that Hanson-Colburn, who was armed with a knife, immediately knocked him down and held the knife to his throat, making threatening statements, Maxwell said.

The victim reported that Hanson-Colburn began kneeing and kicking him in the head while a second party entered the residence and proceeded to remove some of the victim’s property, including a skateboard, power tools and other miscellaneous items, Maxwell said.

The victim, in addition to identifying Hanson-Colburn, was able to give a description of the second intruder, Maxwell said.

“We received some information about a possible identity of the second subject, Chris Demmitt, and subsequently followed up on that,” Maxwell said.

Demmitt, 30, of Arizona, was then apprehended with the help of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Department on May 29 at a residence on Darcy Place, located at about mile marker 17 on U.S. 84.

“He was taken into custody without incident and that’s when we positively identified him,” Maxwell said.

Demmitt was arrested on a charge of aggravated robbery, a class three felony, but has not yet been charged by the District Attorney’s office.

Hanson-Colburn is still at large and a warrant has been issued for his arrest.

Hanson-Colburn is described as being approximately 5-10 and 150 pounds, with brown hair, brown eyes, some facial hair and several tattoos, Maxwell said.

“We believe that he is still in the area,” Maxwell said, “and anybody who is offerring him assistance or aiding knowingly could face criminal charges.”

Anyone knowingly assisting, harboring or concealing a suspect can be charged with being an accessory to a crime, a felony charge, Mawell explained further.

People are advised to not try to apprehend Hanson-Colburn because the crime involved violence, Maxwell said, but instead, are requested to immediately call Archuleta County Combined Dispatch at 264-2131 or to call 911.

randi@pagosasun.com