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Police officer thwarts apparent kidnapping on avenue - 1 arrested, 1 sought

       The Colorado Springs Police Department has made one arrest and is seeking another suspect in a Jan. 7 incident in which a woman had reportedly been kidnapped and pistol-whipped before an officer rescued her in the parking lot outside the Safeway store at Colorado Avenue and 32nd Street.
       Police identified the suspect as Damon Edward Brimer, a 39-year-old white male, 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes, who most recently lived in the area of Las Vegas and Tejon streets.
       “There is an active warrant for Brimer,” the city Police Blotter states. “If anyone has information as to his whereabouts, they are asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 444-7000 or Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.”
       The incident occurred Jan. 7 at about 3:10 p.m., according to the Police Blotter, which goes on to state that Officer Adam Griffin of the Gold Hill Division IMPACT team “observed a disturbance" in the parking lot. “As a female party screamed for help and tried to get out of a car, two individuals attempted to restrain her and keep her inside,” the Blotter report continues.
       “When Officer Griffin went to intervene, two suspects, a male and a female, fled on foot. He quickly apprehended the female suspect, but the male party was able to escape. Investigators from the Assault Unit responded to continue the investigation jointly with IMPACT team officers.
       ”The investigation would reveal the two suspects were holding the female victim against her will and had pistol-whipped her, resulting in multiple contusions and lacerations to her head and face. The assault took place in Garden of the Gods Park; afterward, they drove the victim's car while restraining her inside, to the parking lot to meet 'a friend.'
       “The female suspect is identified as 22-year-old Melody Wall of Colorado Springs. Wall is charged with second-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, menacing and conspiracy. She also had multiple outstanding warrants for her arrest, unrelated to the current investigation."
       According to previous police information, the department has assigned an IMPACT team (a sergeant and four officers) to each of its four patrol divisions, Gold Hill among them; these teams take a proactive stance, including a focus on areas where crimes have been known to occur.

Westside Pioneer article
(Posted 1/15/16; Community: (Public Safety)

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