Juan Moises Chavez
MORA COUNTY – At around 1:30 p.m., Nov. 9, the New Mexico State Police was alerted to a vehicle pursuit traveling south on Interstate 25 from Colorado into New Mexico.
Juan Moises Chavez, 30, of Colorado Springs, Colo., was the suspect in an armed robbery and was actively fleeing from the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office out of Walsenburg, Colo.
As the Silver Chevrolet SUV driven by Chavez entered New Mexico, officers from New Mexico State Police District 2 Las Vegas intercepted and took over the pursuit.
Utilizing tire deflation devices, State Police officers safely stopped the pursuit on Interstate 25, mile post 364 near the Watrous exit.
Chavez brandished a firearm and barricaded himself inside his vehicle. State Police Crisis Negotiators and Tactical Team were called in to assist, and all lanes of Interstate 25 were closed from the mile post 352 to the 387.
After hours of negotiation, Chavez peacefully surrendered around 6 p.m. to State Police officers.
The following charges were filed against Chavez by the New Mexico State Police:
- Failure to Maintain lane;
- Reckless Driving;
- Resisting, Evading an Officer;
- Aggravated Fleeing from an Officer;
- Negligent use of a Deadly Weapon; and
- Possession of a Firearm by a Felon.
Chavez was booked into the San Miguel Detention Center. For inquiries into what charges Chavez is facing in Colorado, or for information on the Armed Robbery, contact the Huerfano County Sheriff’s Office at 719.738.1600.