Oct 9, 2010 12:12 AM by Matt Stafford

Progress despite caseload

"We're having, seemingly, a whole lot of cases that have been going on in the last couple of weeks," says Sgt. Steve Noblitt with the Colorado Springs Police Department, not to mentioning that some of these cases have gotten more attention than many this year.

Since Monday, police have been investigating a double-homicide and suicide on Essex Lane. Police say the mother, Rene Ogden, killed herself, and her twin children Chase and Olivia were shot and killed. No arrests have been made in the investigation.

However, police have been able to make an arrest in another homicide they've been investigating; the stabbing of 20-year-old Christopher Allen in Monument Creek.

"This was the call that came in at about the same time that the Essex Lane homicides came in," explains Sgt. Noblitt, sharing how thin they're department has been stretched.

Thursday police arrested Salvador Perez for charges of First Degree Murder in Allen's death. Investigators say they don't anticipate any more arrests, but the investigation is on going.

Perez wasn't the only arrest Thursday; 32-year-old Victor Clark is behind bars. He's accused in a series of robberies, including local Wells Fargo and Key Bank branches. Three others -- 24-year-old Tyrone Edwards, 21-year-old Darius Gregory, and 25-year-old Daniel Salazar -- have been taken into custody on related charges stretching back to January.

"Here, nine months later, we've been able to put together a rather large investigation and case together," says Sgt. Noblitt. So despite caseload, they're seeing progress.

"We're still moving forward with these investigations, and even though we're stretched thin we're still making progress and making arrests."

But, not every case is seeing big strides. Since last weekend police have been looking into Craigslist ads that were reportedly trying to give away newborn babies. No progress to report there yet, but maybe progress in other areas can free up more manpower.


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