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Dec 4, 2012 7:18 PM by Matt Stafford

Wanted man from Colorado Springs caught on Breckenridge slopes

Police have a man in custody they've been looking for in a kidnapping case; officers arrested him on the slopes of Breckenridge. Police say the man and three others held another man against his will and threatened him with a machine gun.

27-year-old Stephen Woolwine had a warrant for his arrest following a kidnapping incident that Colorado Springs Police were investigating from November 27th. Police had been called to a home on Carefree Place where a man with a gun was seen chasing another man. Police say they found a victim, extremely shaky and out of breath, saying he had been held at gun point but was able to escape.

The man gave his account to police. He says earlier that night he was at a party at an apartment on Harmony Drive; that's when the man says Woolwine and three others approached him with a machine gun. The man said Woolwine was telling him that he owed him $20,000. The victim says Woolwine hit him in the face with the gun. When Woolwine hit the man in the face, he says the gun went off and shot a hole in the wall. The man says Woolwine ordered him into his white Jeep.

The victim says Woolwine and three others held him at gunpoint and drove to Carefree Place where they were meeting up with another vehicle; when he found an opening, the victim took off running. The arrest affidavit says the victim was able to get the attention of a woman at a home nearby who called police. The four men left the scene.

Police say they were able to track down three of the men that night; they were identified by the victim. 29-year-old Joshua Takacs, 26-year-old Dustin Turner, and 24-year-old Corey Garrett are all facing kidnapping related charges. Police didn't find Woolwine that night.

Later police got a tip that Woolwine might be going to Breckenridge Ski Resort to meet up with some friends. On November 28th they were able to catch up with him in Breckenridge, with the help of local authorities.

"Uniformed and plainclothes officers on foot and on skis worked in cooperation with Breckenridge Resort Security to locate Woolwine," Breckenridge Police said in an account of the arrest they sent to News 5.

Woolwine was transferred to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center where he's facing a charge of 2nd degree kidnapping. He's scheduled to be in court December 10th.

 

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