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In a release issued on Sunday, Aug. 30, the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office command staff reported that in the past week they began receiving death threats. The statement said that “these threats included information that threatened both the Sheriff’s Office member’s life and safety and that of the member’s family. The Chaffee Sheriff’s Office has not yet identified who was threatened, or even why they might have been threatened.

Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office Vehicle ( Image courtesy of 5280 Fire photographer Rick Luebke Photo)

They immediately began an investigation with the assistance of the Salida Police Department and investigators from the 11th Judicial District. The investigation revealed that the suspect was quite possibly in the Denver Metro area. That widened the investigation to include the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the Safe Streets Task Force, including the FBI and the Denver Police and Aurora Police Departments.

Daniel Pesch, age 37, residence unknown, was identified and arrested in Aurora on Friday, August 28 by the Aurora SWAT Team.

He was initially transported to the Aurora Police Department jail, then transported by the Chaffee County Detentions Facility. But due to the nature of threats against a member of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, he was again transferred, this time to the Alamosa County Detention Facility.

Pesch was booked into jail on the following charges:

  1. Intimidation of a Witness/Victim  Class 3 Felony
  2. Stalking  Class 5 Felony
  3. Harassment  Class 3 Misdemeanor
  4. Harassment/insults, taunts, challenges  Class 3 misdemeanor
  5. Menacing  Class 3 Misdemeanor.

According to the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office, they anticipate additional charges being filed. He is being held on a $10,000 cash bond