Second man released in cop-shooting case
Vail, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Guille Villa had trouble eating and sleeping for the two weeks her son was in jail as a suspected accomplice in the July 29 shooting of a police officer.
“I just think it’s not very professional how the police handled this case,” Villa said. “They didn’t have any proof against Mauricio.”
Her son, Mauricio Villa Garcia Pena, 20, was arrested Aug. 9. He was released after prosecutors decided there wasn’t sufficient evidence to file charges against him. Pena could not be reached for comment.
Her husband and son were getting ready to go to bed when the door was knocked down at their ranch in Silt. About eight men with guns entered the house, some wearing masks.
“They were all pointing guns at us,” she said.
Villa, her husband and her 13-year-old son were handcuffed and told to go outside, Villa said.
She said the worst trouble Garcia Pena has ever been in was joy-riding in a car that someone else had stolen. She thought authorities were unfairly targeting Hispanic kids who shave their heads and have been in some trouble.
“He’s been in a little trouble, but not like you have to be afraid of him,” she said.
Garfield County Sheriff Lou Vallario and District Attorney Martin Beeson have said the searches and arrests were done legally and reasonably. They explain that when a warrant is issued for attempted first-degree murder of a police officer, authorities consider the arrest an extremely dangerous situations.
Beeson wouldn’t talk about details of the investigation or why law enforcement arrested who they did. He said he wants court documents to remain sealed.
The other man arrested in the case, Sergio Esteban Ramirez, has also been released.