DENVER — At least twice, police had Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez in their grasp. But he escaped both times and is still wanted after allegedly abducting his ex-girlfriend and a 1-year-old child at gunpoint.
Police are still on the hunt for the 22-year-old, who has active warrants out of Adams and Arapahoe Counties, after police located the woman and child he allegedly abducted.
On Friday, police held a press conference to announce they safely located Samantha and Zahid Adams, but they also warned Venzor-Gonzalez they had a solid lead on his location.
Officials had several run-ins with Venzor-Gonzalez leading up to that warning. Those run-ins included a high-speed chase in the Pueblo area, which Venzor-Gonzalez eventually escaped. Police later found his abandoned car.
An officer near Castle Rock later pulled over a driver who — without knowing who her passengers were — drove Venzor-Gonzalez back to the Denver metro from the Pueblo area on Friday.
The officer reportedly didn't recognize the suspect, or the woman and child who were with him.
Officials also say an RTD guard had a run-in with Venzor-Gonzalez on Friday before he became angry and ran from authorities.
The run-in with RTD guards led police to canvas a large area, although they never located the suspect.
Days after warnings from police, along with requests to come forward peacefully, Venzor-Gonzalez is still on the loose.
Repeated requests to Adams County Sheriff's Office officials for updated information on the search were not returned, however at last release, police were still calling Venzor-Gonzalez armed and dangerous.
Find additional details on the AMBER Alert case here.