Denver, CO – A multi-agency manhunt for the fugitive homicide suspect wanted in the Monday killings of three people and wounding of a fourth in Custer County, Colorado concluded Tuesday afternoon just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Hanme Clark, 45, is wanted by the Custer County Sheriff’s Office in connection to the deaths of his neighbors, Rob Greers, Beth Wade Geers, and James Daulton as well as the assault of Patty Daulton. A warrant for his arrest was issued late Monday evening by the Custer County Combined Courts charging him with three counts of murder in the first degree, one count of attempted murder in the first degree, and assault in the first degree.
On Tuesday morning, Custer County Sheriff Rich Smith delegated apprehension authority of Clark to the U.S. Marshals Service’s Colorado Violent Offender Task Force (COVOTF). COVOTF Deputy U.S. Marshals from Colorado Springs had already begun coordinating with both the Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Custer County Sheriff’s Office, and the Colorado State Patrol to combine resources in locating Clark who was believed to be driving a white Dodge Ram pickup trick. Information was quickly obtained indicating his vehicle was traveling southbound on I-25 toward the New Mexico state line.
At approximately 1:00pm Tuesday, that information was relayed to a U.S. Marshals Service Task Force Officer (TFO) from the New Mexico State Police (NMSP) who began coordinating assets in New Mexico to locate the vehicle. At approximately 1:35pm, the suspect’s vehicle drove past the NMSP TFO while traveling southbound on I-25 toward Albuquerque. The NMSP TFO began following the vehicle and positively identified Clark as the driver. Deputy U.S. Marshals from the District of New Mexico, along with other NMSP personnel to include their SWAT team, coordinated a plan to stop the suspect vehicle. Once out of the populated area on westbound I-40, NMSP personnel deployed spike strips to stop the vehicle and the NMSP SWAT team conducted a vehicle containment procedure, safely taking Clark into custody. NMSP and Deputy U.S. Marshals briefly shut down westbound I-40 while the enforcement action was taking place. Clark was then transported to the New Mexico State Police Office in Albuquerque for questioning. He is currently being housed at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Detention Center in Albuquerque and awaiting extradition back to Colorado.
“I’d like to thank all of the agencies who joined together to quickly apprehend this fugitive and get him into custody,” said U.S. Marshal for the District of Colorado Kirk Taylor. “The events which took place Monday in Custer County are horrific and traumatic for a tight-knit community. It was critical for the victims in this case and their families that the suspect be apprehended quickly and with the help of so many partner agencies, I’m glad to report we were able to do that.”
The arrest of this fugitive represents a culmination of extensive cooperative investigative efforts between the Custer County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Marshals Colorado Violent Offender Task Force, Colorado Bureau of Investigation, Colorado State Patrol, New Mexico State Police, and the U.S. Marshals District of New Mexico.
The Colorado Violent Offender Task Force (COVOTF) is a multi-jurisdictional fugitive task force that targets the most violent offenders to include those wanted for murder, assault, sex offenses, and other serious offenses throughout the state and country.
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