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Cops chase G’wood suspect

Pete Fowler
Garfield County correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
Cristian Zavala Billaluz

GARFIELD COUNTY, Colorado – Police arrested a man on a warrant for sexual assault on a child after he allegedly fought with an officer, waded through the Roaring Fork River and hid in someone’s closet in the Ironbridge subdivision Saturday afternoon.

Cristian Zavala Billaluz, 19, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested on suspicion of several crimes including second-degree burglary, criminal trespass, resisting arrest and the warrant for sexual assault on a child.

A Carbondale police officer spotted Billaluz around 2:30 p.m. at a bus stop and knew he had an active arrest warrant. Billaluz rode a bus out of Carbondale, but police contacted the bus near County Road 113 and Highway 82.

Billaluz tried to fight when the officer tried to arrest him, police said in an arrest affidavit.

The officer took Billaluz to the ground “several times.” At one point the officer grabbed his shirt, but Billaluz slipped out of the shirt and ran, police said.

The officer gave chase. Billaluz jumped into the Roaring Fork River, crossed it and ran into the Ironbridge subdivision, police said.

A Glenwood Springs police officer arrived to help out and saw Billaluz hiding behind a bush behind a house on River Bend Way. The officer chased Billaluz through the back door of a house and out through the front, but Billaluz remained elusive, according to police.

Authorities received a call later around 5:45 p.m. from a woman saying she believed someone was in her house, also on River Bend Way. She told police her closet door had been open but was later mysteriously closed. Police said they found Billaluz hiding in the closet and arrested him.

The arrest warrant for charges of sexual assault on a child and harboring a minor originated from the Glenwood Springs Police Department. Police had contacted a girl in her early teenage years who told them she ran away from Delta with Billaluz. She said Billaluz was her boyfriend, they had been intimate and she thought she might be pregnant.

Billaluz did not post a $35,250 bond by Monday afternoon. He’s scheduled to appear for formal filing of charges on Sept. 24.

Contact Pete Fowler: 384-9121

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