Manitou Springs Police Department Emergency call 911, non-emergency call 719-390-5555.

May 23

The Manitou Springs Police Department responded to a domestic violence incident in the 100 block of Spencer Avenue. Officers separated the people and the dispute was resolved.

At 1530 hours, officers contacted a drunken person in the 100 block of Manitou Avenue. The suspect had multiple out-of-county misdemeanor warrants and was violating a protection order. The person was arrested and transported to the El Paso County Criminal Justice Center.

MSPD officers were patrolling near South 31st Street and U.S. Highway 24 to educate the transient population about trespassing. People were identified and one was found to have a misdemeanor warrant from the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to CJC.

MSPD also patrolled the area of 21st Street and Highway 24, and found a person with multiple local felony warrants. The suspect was taken into custody and booked into CJC.

May 24

In the 00 block of Manitou Avenue, officers recovered a vehicle that had been stolen in Colorado Springs. There is no suspect information.

At 1330 hours, MSPD towed an abandoned vehicle near the intersection of Highway 24 and the Washington Bypass. It had previously been tagged for towing.

Officers recovered a stolen vehicle in a hotel parking lot in the 00 block of Manitou Avenue at 2235 hours. MSPD has possible suspect information, which is being relayed to the agency for the jurisdiction where the vehicle was stolen.

May 25

A juvenile was investigated on suspicion of selling marijuana in the 400 block of El Monte Place.

MSPD responded to a check-the-welfare request in the 00 block of Manitou Avenue, where a man had his belongings spread out over the sidewalk. During the contact, officers discovered the man had a local misdemeanor warrant. While taking him into custody, they discovered a small bag of a white crystal-like substance in his sock; he said it was methamphetamines. He was cited for possession of a controlled substance and booked into CJC for his warrant.

Officers responded to the 100 block of Spencer Avenue regarding a missing 7-year-old girl. However, it is presumed she is with her mother.

A traffic accident in the 200 block of Manitou Avenue involved a vehicle and a bicycle. No one was injured, and the vehicle had minor damage.

At 1145 hours, a lost credit card was turned in; it had been found in a parking kiosk on Cañon Avenue.

May 26

MSPD responded to a traffic accident in the 600 block of Manitou Avenue, and officers were told the presumably at-fault vehicle had only minor damage. They investigated and cleared the incident.

Officers observed a vehicle with expired registration in the 300 block of Manitou Avenue. Dispatch researched the license plate and found it was stolen. MSPD stopped the vehicle and spoke with the driver. They learned the license plate was on the correct vehicle and the driver was the registered owner.

A motor vehicle theft in progress was reported in the 400 block of Ruxton Avenue. MSPD located the vehicle and stopped it. After an investigation, officers discovered that the vehicle was not stolen, but had fictitious plates; the driver didn’t have a valid driver’s license or insurance. They couldn’t confirm the identity of the vehicle’s owner, so it was impounded. The driver was cited and released.

May 27

MSPD responded to a report that a vehicle in the 00 block of Mountain View Road had been broken into the previous night. After investigating, officers concluded that a bear had broken into the vehicle. A report was taken to document the vehicle damage.

A minor non-injury traffic accident occurred in the 00 block of Ruxton Avenue. Officers investigated and documented the incident.

May 28

A person was reported to be sleeping in a vehicle near Manitou Place and Osage Avenue. Officers contacted the man and he was found to have a local misdemeanor warrant. He was arrested and taken to CJC.

A theft was reported in the 100 block of Waltham Avenue, where a woman had removed a parking boot from her vehicle; the boot and the vehicle were nowhere to be found. Officers investigated the theft of government property.

At 2045 hours, MSPD received a call from the Manitou Springs Fire Department. A firefighter had received a report regarding an unknown individual on Lover’s Lane. Officers checked the area and found a person, who was taken into custody on local misdemeanor warrants.

Manitou officers were patrolling the 400 block of Ruxton Avenue when they encountered a person with a local misdemeanor warrant for traffic violations. The suspect was taken into custody and booked into CJC.

May 29

MSPD responded to a domestic violence in progress reported on Highway 24 near mile marker 297. One person was found to have multiple local misdemeanor warrants and was taken into custody to be booked into CJC.

Officers stopped a vehicle at West Colorado Avenue and Columbia Road. The driver had a local misdemeanor warrant, and was served a personal recognizance bond and given a new court date. The vehicle also had fictitious registration; the driver was cited and given a summons.

Manitou Springs officers were approached by people who said they had discovered human remains while hiking in unincorporated El Paso County. They had brought a skull to show the police. MSPD then assisted in a multi-agency effort to verify the skull’s authenticity, locate the area where it was found and search for evidence. The investigation was turned over to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, but MSPD will continue to support the effort.

A check-the-welfare visit was requested in the 00 block of Deneta Drive. After speaking with the subject of the request, officers determined he was the victim of domestic violence. A summons was issued for the suspect and an arrest warrant will be sought.


The arraignment for former Manitou Springs High school teacher Timothy Hilt was postponed to Thursday, June 9, according to the Colorado Judicial Branch’s online docket. He is accused of sexually assaulting a student.

Matthew Barton, another former MSHS teacher accused of sexual assault on a student, is scheduled for a motions hearing Tuesday, July 19. His jury trial is set to start Monday, Oct. 10.

Ashlynne Perez is due in court for a final hearing Friday, June 17. Her 4-year-old son accidentally shot himself in the head July 6, 2021, outside a Manitou business.

Her husband, Carlos Perez, is scheduled for a pre-trial conference on Tuesday, June 7.

William Weaver, who was convicted of killing his wife, Wendy Cupit, in June 2020, has been sentenced to life in prison.

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