El Paso Co. fugitive held after crash along I-270

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Ryan Schenck, 31, denied bond after evading law enforcement

By The Staff

COMMERCE CITY — An escaped fugitive is back behind bars after a standoff with officers last week that closed both directions of Inerstate 270 for 10 hours.


Ryan Schenk, 31, is being held without bond at the Adams County Detention Facility after being arrested Monday, Jan. 13, following a hit-and-run accident about 3 a.m. on eastbound I-270 between Vasquez Boulevard and the South Platte River, according to Commerce City police spokesman Officer Christopher Dickey.

Schenck, according to criminal records, had been arrested in August 2013 on a charge of escape to avoid a felony conviction. He later failed to appear in El Paso County Court on the charge and had evaded Colorado parole officials since then.

Schenck has a lengthy criminal record, including charges of auto theft, drug possession, weapons violations and  assaulting a guard while in custody, all in addition to at least four arrests for parole violations in 2012 and 2013.

Dickey said officers responded to a hit-and-run crash involving a blue sedan that had hit the guardrail on eastbound I-270 where the suspected driver — who was believed to be armed — fled on foot.

A Colorado state trooper and a Commerce City police officer both fired at Schenck during the incident, with at least one of them hitting Schenck in the leg. He was taken to a local hospital for his injury and later arrested. 

Both the trooper and the officer have been placed on administrative leave while the incident is under investigation.

Schenck was due in Adams County Court Jan. 16 for formal filing of charges on one count of attempted first-degree murder of a peace officer stemming from the encounter with officers on Jan. 13 and may face further charges regarding weapon possession and the crash itself.


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