Hostage situation in Capulin resolved; no connection to weekend murder, sheriff's office believes

Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 15:10:20-05

CONEJOS COUNTY, Colo. – A hostage situation in Conejos County Wednesday morning was resolved without any injuries by 1 p.m., and a spokesperson for the sheriff’s office said authorities did not believe it was connected to a triple murder that happened earlier this week.

Conejos County Sheriff’s Office Sgt. Alison Mondragon told Denver7 at 10:30 a.m. that a woman was holding a man hostage in Capulin and that deputies believed she was armed with a weapon.

Deputies were at the scene and working to get both out of the home.

By 1 p.m., Mondragon said the situation was over and that the woman, identified as Veronica Archuleta, was in custody. Mondragon said Archuleta is being held at the county sheriff's office for investigation to determine if charges would be filed against her.

Mondragon said the man who had been held hostage was unharmed.

The small, sparsely-populated county in southern Colorado was rocked earlier this week after four people were shot Saturday Saturday evening on County Road Y, also near Capulin.

Two of those shot died at the scene, and a third died after being flown to a Denver hospital.

Authorities arrested Santos Navares, 25, for the shooting. He faces first-degree murder charges, among others.

This is a developing news story; stay posted to Denver7 for updates.


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