A convicted felon sought by Colorado officials for his alleged connection with the discovery of the remains of three people in southern Colorado last week was taken into custody out of state, authorities said.
Police said they found 26-year-old Adre Baroz from Sanford at a motel in Gallup, New Mexico, on Thursday. He was arrested without incident by federal agents at about 3 p.m., according to a news release from the Colorado Bureau of Investigation.
Baroz is facing charges of first-degree homicide, first-degree assault, and second-degree kidnapping, according to the bureau, The Associated Press reported.
The suspect is currently being held in the McKinley County Detention Center in New Mexico, police said.
The Colorado Bureau of Investigation announced on Wednesday they launched a statewide manhunt for Baroz and said he goes by the nickname “psycho.”
Alamosa Police Chief Ken Anderson said during a press briefing they are convinced Baroz is the “clear suspect” related to the remains and urged anyone who should see him to call police and avoid any contact.
Authorities didn’t release much details on his connection with the three bodies that were found near a rural hamlet last week.
According to crime records obtained by the Denver Post, he has a long record in Colorado that includes assault and theft. Court records show he has currently four open cases for weapon possession, drug offenses, and obstructing government operations.
Searches last week uncovered the skeletal remains of three people on two properties near Las Sauces, a tiny community outside the small city of Alamosa, more than 200 miles south of Denver, Conejos County Sheriff Garth Crowther said. None of the remains have been identified.
It was not known if any of the remains are linked to any missing-persons cases in the region, which borders New Mexico, said George Dingfelder, police chief of the small community of Monte Vista.
Dingfelder said authorities got a search warrant for a property near Las Sauces, found human remains there, and then found more on a nearby property.
Identification could take weeks, if not months, and it isn’t known whether the remains are male, female, what age they may be, or how long they were at the properties, Dingfelder said.
Authorities are still searching the second property “to ensure all remains and all evidence is found,” Crowther said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.