Missing Wisconsin teens suspected in Colorado crime spree apprehended in New Mexico

Group led deputies on high speed chase on I-76

RATON, N.M. - Four Wisconsin teenagers, suspected of stealing two cars and leading police on a high speed chase on I-76 in northeastern Colorado, have been apprehended in Raton, New Mexico.

Authorities say police in Raton spotted the teens and took them into custody after a short foot chase on Saturday.

Among the group, a 15 year old diabetic girl, whose insulin was left behind in a stolen car that had been dropped off in Roggen.

Investigators say Breanna Gomez, her 16-year old boyfriend, Spencer Linville, and two other teenagers left Wisconsin in a stolen car Monday night. 

They drove to Colorado and were spotted by sheriff’s deputies on I-76 late Thursday.

When deputies tried to pull them over, the teens fled.

According to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Facebook page, the teens were traveling 100 miles per hour in an effort to elude police.

Late Thursday night, the stolen car they were riding in was found abandoned in the Roggen area, and a Chrysler minivan was reported stolen.

Authorities had issued an alert for Gomez, and released her photos, because she is a diabetic who is susceptible to seizures without her medication.

Gomez’ grandparents learned that the teens had been apprehended in New Mexico after getting a call from 7NEWS.

“I am relieved,” said Gomez’ grandmother, Judy Carpenter. “I’m not proud of what they did or anything else, especially Breanna. She’s our granddaughter.  I’m just glad she’s safe, and I know that she’s going to have to pay for the things she has done. There’s no excuse.”

Carpenter said she doesn’t know the other teenagers. 

When asked if her granddaughter was just following the lead of the boys, she replied, “She could have been, or they could have been following her lead. She’s a very persuasive kid.”

Gomez' grandfather, Jerry Carpenter, told 7NEWS that the 15 year old had recently been released from juvenile detention. He said she was wearing an ankle monitor, but she didn't charge it. Authorities said it stopped transmitting Dec. 18 or 19.

No word yet from Raton police on the circumstances surrounding the apprehension of the teens.

Morgan County authorities say say felony charges of possession of stolen property, vehicular eluding and menacing are likely from Morgan County alone, along with numerous misdemeanor traffic charges.

Judy Carpenter told 7NEWS  that she and her husband are trying to get legal custody of Breanna because she’s had a difficult life living at home with a mom who is dealing with many issues herself.

“I love her dearly,” Carpenter said. “I don’t know what she was thinking and why in the world she would do anything like this.”