Police nab murder suspect near Gypsum | VailDaily.com

Police nab murder suspect near Gypsum

Sarah Mausolf
Vail, CO Colorado

GYPSUM, Colorado – Colorado State Patrol helped to apprehend a murder suspect from Illinois Monday on Interstate 70, state police said.

Around 2:57 p.m., police stopped a car driving west on Interstate 70 about a mile past Gypsum after receiving information from East Moline Police about a possible murder suspect traveling through the area, police said.

Police have confirmed the man is Ryan Leire Moore, 21, of Moline. East Moline Police have charged Moore with first degree murder in the shooting death of Steven J. Clemons, 28. Police have accused Moore of entering a residence where Clemons was staying Thursday night in East Moline and shooting him multiple times, East Moline Police Capt. John Reynolds confirmed.

The arrest warrant had been filed in Rock Island County Circuit Court. Moore’s bond is set at $1 million, Reynolds said.

Police took Moore to the Eagle County jail Monday. Reynolds said he expects Moore to be extradited to Rock Island County Jail.

Troopers with Colorado State Patrol pulled over a silver 2001 Saturn on Interstate 70 Monday after learning that East Moline police had tracked the suspect’s cell phone signal to the area, State Patrol Sgt. Shawn Olmstead said.

Police closed Interstate 70 westbound for about 15 minutes while they made the “high risk” traffic stop, police said. Police ordered three men out of the car at gunpoint and took them into custody without incident, state police said in a news release.

Police charged one of the men, 20-year-old Pedro Payan, with drug possession, Olmstead said. Police found what they suspect is Oxycodone during a search of the car. Payan was taken to the Eagle County Jail as well.

The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office and Vail Police Department assisted, according to the news release from State Patrol.

Staff Writer Sarah Mausolf can be reached at 970-748-2928 or smausolf@vaildaily.com.

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