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Ex-Denver cop helps discover fugitive who shot him in 1971

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Former Denver Police Division Officer Daril Cinquanta nonetheless vividly remembers the day he was shot within the abdomen by Luis Archuleta in a neighborhood on the northside of the town in 1971.

He has additionally by no means stopped attempting to trace down Archuleta, 77, after he escaped custody in 1974.

With Cinquanta’s assist, Archuleta was arrested by the FBI and Española police in New Mexico Wednesday – the place he had been dwelling as a fugitive for greater than 40 years underneath the identify Ramon Montoya, the FBI stated in a launch. He has additionally passed by the identify Lawrence Pusateri.

Archuleta, who has been needed by the FBI since 1977 when a federal arrest warrant was issued, shall be returned to Colorado the place he may face extra costs.

“I’ve by no means given up on him,” Cinquanta, who retired in 1990, advised Denver’s FOX 31 Thursday. “It simply reveals you, persistence does repay.”

Cinquanta advised the station looking for Archuleta for all these years was like a “passion” for him.

Luis Archuleta

Luis Archuleta


“I used to be chilly calling individuals and dangerous guys, I went to their houses, I went to their households, and a lot of the reception was not heat. I’m not actual widespread with the dangerous guys’ households,” he stated. “On June 24, I get a name: ‘I’ve thought of it, I’m going to inform you the place he’s at,’ and this individual handed him to me on a platter.”

Cinquanta approached Archuleta as a rookie officer that day in 1971 as a result of he regarded like a “dangerous actor,” he stated. Archuleta rapidly pulled a gun on him and fired.

“Again in these days, we didn’t have bullet-proof vests and our radios didn’t come out of our automobiles, so I needed to crawl to the automotive and get within the automotive to name for assist,” he advised the station.

“This arrest ought to ship a transparent sign to violent offenders in all places: The FBI will discover you, irrespective of how lengthy it takes or how far you run, and we’ll convey you to justice,” FBI Denver Particular Agent in Cost Michael Schneider stated in a press release. “I need to thank the Española Police Division for working carefully with the FBI Denver and Albuquerque Divisions on this investigation and getting this harmful fugitive off the streets.”

Archuleta was sentenced to 9 and a half to 14 years in jail in 1973 however a 12 months later, he escaped from a Colorado Division of Corrections hospital when he and one other inmate took a guard hostage at gunpoint and fled in a getaway automobile, the Santa Fe New Mexican reported.

“The Denver Police Division is grateful to our regulation enforcement companions for his or her tireless dedication to convey this suspect to justice,” Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen stated in a press release. “Many members of our group had been harm by Luis Archuleta’s actions. The passing of time doesn’t erase or excuse his crimes.”

Since leaving the police division, Cinquanta began a personal investigation agency and even wrote a e book about his profession as an officer. He now says he could add to the e book.


“I ponder in the event that they’re going to let me put an additional chapter in,” he mused to FOX 31.

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