Glenwood Springs police nab teens wanted in connection with Texas murder
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Glenwood Springs Police were surprised last week after discovering that two teens arrested on suspicion of shoplifting were wanted in connection with a Texas murder investigation.
According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, police arrested Stephen Voht, 19, and a 17-year-old at City Market around 7 p.m. on Sept. 24.
Wilson said that the two had loaded up a shopping cart with several items and left the store without paying.
The two were taken to the police department and questioned. That is when police positively identified the two as suspects wanted by the San Antonio Police Department in a homicide investigation, Wilson said.
Voht was booked into the Garfield County Jail where he remained on Tuesday, on a first-degree murder warrant. The juvenile suspect was taken to the Grand Mesa Youth Detention Center in Mesa County. Both face extradition, according to a San Antonio Police Department public information officer.
Police confirmed that Voht is wanted in connection with the murder of Mario Raygoza on Sept. 6 in San Antonio.
According to the San Antonio Express News, Raygoza, 19, was found dead about 3 a.m. on Sept. 6 by two witnesses who found his bloody body on a sidewalk in front of their apartment complex.
The Express News reported that Raygoza was found in a blood-soaked shirt, and died from multiple stab wounds.
Two witnesses told police they returned home from a party and found a red hand print on the door to their apartment. They disregarded the stain and continued inside. The witnesses called police after they went to the balcony to smoke a cigarette and spotted Raygoza’s body on the sidewalk.
Raygoza was pronounced dead at the scene by emergency responders, according to the police incident report.
Wilson said that it was a collaborative effort in apprehending the fugitives. He said that his office had been notified a few days earlier by San Antonio Police that the two fugitives may be in the area.
“It was a good little bit of luck in them popping up they way they did,” Wilson said. “And good police work with finding out who they are.”