WALSENBURG- Walsenburg Police, initially responding to a Domestic Violence call at 116 Walsen Ave, Apt #4, discovered that one of the people involved, Antonio Garcia, was in fact, Arulio Bertran, 42, of Mexico, and that he was a wanted man.
Police ran his name and fingerprints through the criminal database, made the discovery, and returned to Bertran’s apartment. Bertran saw them coming and ran into his apartment and blocked the door with a chair. He allegedly yelled that he would force the police to shoot him. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor.
Officers Buddy Townes, Joe Deathridge and John Salazar obtained a “No-Knock” search warrant, returned the evening of Saturday, April 30 with a battering ram, and used this “magic key” to open his door.
Bertran then allegedly curled up into a ball and screamed, “Don’t shoot me!” He was taken into custody without further incident.
Bertran has an extensive criminal history, with arrests in California, Florida, Georgia and Arkansas for assault and domestic violence. He has at least ten different aliases, and he has also been deported back to Mexico previously.
Bertran is being charged with two counts of forgery, and is being held in the Huerfano County jail, awaiting transfer to Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.