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Pueblo police: Man dragged to death while trying to stop car thief

Posted at 4:10 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-09 16:47:40-04

UPDATE: Anthony Finley, 20, was arrested Friday night (6/7) on a warrant for 1st-degree murder in the death of 22-year-old Jesse Garcia.

Anthony Finley

PUEBLO – A Pueblo man is dead after he tried to stop a car thief from stealing his 4×4 early Monday morning. Police say the man left his 2001 Jeep Cherokee running in front of him home in the 900 block of E. 5th Street at about 7:45 a.m..When he noticed a man attempting to steal the Jeep, he attempted to stop him and began to struggle with the other man who was inside the vehicle. The suspect drove away from the scene dragging the owner several blocks. The owner fell into the roadway in the 600 block of N. Joplin Avenue and was taken to a nearby hospital for medical treatment. Once he arrived at the hospital, he was pronounced dead.

The suspect is said to be a White or Hispanic man, thin build, wearing a high visibility
yellow/green traffic safety vest and blue hat with a red brim. Officer’s later found the Jeep in the 1200 block of Socorro Place. Detectives from the Crimes Against Persons Section and the Traffic Section is handling the investigation.

The victim’s family is holding a vigil tonight at 8:00 p.m. at the corner of 6th and Joplin.

If you have any information on the identity of the suspect in this incident, please call Detectives
Carly Gustin at 719-240-1341, Sergeant Purvis at 719-320-6047 or Captain Bravo at 719-320-6049.
If you wish to remain anonymous, contact Pueblo Crime Stoppers @ 542-STOP (542-7867) or If your Crime Stoppers information leads to a felony arrest, you
could be eligible for a cash reward.