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Calls for a suspicious car lead to a morning manhunt in Cañon City

Posted at 2:30 PM, Sep 14, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-14 16:30:54-04
Swift and Zaragoza
Morris Bentley Swift, 36, of Canon City, and Roger David Zaragoza, 39, of Florence were arrested on September 13, 2018.

CAÑON CITY – We’re learning more about what led the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office to lockdown a neighborhood during the search for a burglary suspect.  It turns out there were two men wanted for the burglary of a home on Willow Lane.

According to the Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were sent to the area along Elm Avenue around sunrise for a call about a suspicious vehicle seen parked in the area on more than one night.

As deputies arrived they found the car, but no one inside, before discovering what appeared to be locks pried off a vacant home.  While checking out the house the deputies heard noises upstairs. Right as they gave orders for the people to show themselves, there was the sound of breaking glass as the men jumped out of a second story window.

Not long after a foot chase started, deputies caught up with 36-year-old Morris Swift of Cañon City on Elm Ave. The sheriff’s office says Swift was armed, but there was no confrontation.

Deputies soon had backup from the Florence Police Department and Cañon City Police Department as they searched for the second suspect.  In the meantime, an alert was sent out to people in the neighborhood to stay inside and avoid the area.

Roughly three hours later 39-year-old Roger David Zaragoza of Florence was caught on Elm Ave.

Fremont Co burglary suspect
The Fremont County Sheriff’s Office shared this photo of a burglary suspect captured in Cañon City.

Swift is charged with felony second-degree burglary, drug possession, possession of a weapon by a prior offender, resisting arrest, unlawful carrying of a concealed weapon, obstructing a police officer, theft, criminal trespass, and criminal mischief.

Zaragoza is charged with felony second-degree burglary, resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, theft, criminal trespass, and criminal solicitation.