Mar 15, 2013 12:33 PM by Patricia Collier
Pueblo, CO - Pueblo County deputies responded to the Cloverleaf Mobile Home park on a report of a restraining order violation on Thursday shortly after 3:00p.m. A caller reported that 32-year-old Chuck Francis Martinez was restrained from a female family member but they were together at that location. When deputies arrived, they could hear the suspect exit through the back of the residence. Deputies immediately began to search the area on foot and in patrol vehicles. They also called in a K-9 unit. School District 70 was advised of the situation and placed a precautionary lockdown on Avondale Elementary.
Deputies continued to search for over an hour and were in the residence at Cloverleaf when the suspect called and asked to speak with a deputy. Mr. Martinez said he wished to turn himself in and said he could see a Colorado State Trooper from where he was standing. He was taken into custody at 4:45 PM without incident. Avondale Elementary School lifted the lockdown approximately 5 minutes later. When Martinez made contact with the Trooper he was cold and wet. Martinez said he tried to avoid law enforcement by swimming in "the ditch". He was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and possible treatment for hypothermia.
Sheriff Kirk M. Taylor believes the school should be credited for acting so quickly and in the best interest of the children. "School Safe gives us an open line of radio communication within the school. We are able to hear inside the school in real time and they can hear the deputies on the streets. When we had the suspect in custody, they knew the same time our communications center knew. We are very proud of our partnership with the school district and our ability to utilize this technology."
Martinez will be booked on Restraining Order Violation, Violation of Bail Bond Conditions, and Eluding.