They may have been dressed like paranoid beekeepers, but their foul-mouthed ways earned them a much tougher-sounding nickname: the Trash-Talking Bandits. And they're wanted for what the FBI believes is among the biggest bank robberies in Colorado history, as well as one with a bizarre aftermath. How ... More >>
Earlier this morning, the FBI announced the results of Operation Cross Country, a three-day, nationwide operation targeted victims of underage prostitution and the criminals profiting from it. According to the feds, 105 juveniles were recovered as a result of the effort, and 150 pimps were busted. ... More >>
The FBI Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has dubbed a crew of bank robbers the Trick or Treat Bandits because surveillance footage shows one member holding a pillowcase like a goodie bag. And goodies they've collected. The feds suspect them of knocking off nine banks or the like from December ... More >>
Just a couple of weeks ago, we noted that Edwin Ernest Rivera Gracias, suspected of committing a brutal murder in Jefferson County circa 2011, had been added to the FBI's updated Ten Most Wanted list. Gracias didn't stay there long, however. He surrendered to the FBI in El Salvador and is now back ... More >>
Last week, the FBI added onetime Coloradan Edwin Ernesto Rivera Gracias to its Ten Most Wanted list. In conjunction with this announcement, the agency also put together two other most-wanted compilations focused on Denver, including one called the "Top Ten Fugitives Arrested/Located Within the Denve ... More >>
It took nearly three years, but Joseph Nieto has finally been sentenced in Colorado for robberies he's admitted to committing with help from Christina Drummond, who played Bonnie to his Clyde -- at least according to the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, which bequeathed their nicknames. Detai ... More >>
Law Enforcement Against Prohibition has been one of the national organizations most active in promoting Amendment 64, the Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol Act. No surprise, then, that the group puts an election-oriented spin on just-released crime statistics from the FBI for the year 2011. According ... More >>
Update:Yesterday afternoon, Jesse Paul Speer, a photographer with Colorado ties who's accused of kidnapping and assaulting an eleven-year-old Cody, Wyoming, girl, waived his right to fight extradition during a brief court hearing in Montana yesterday. Meanwhile, new information about the crime is ac ... More >>
About a week and a half ago, Occupy Denver protester Tanner Spendley became the main character in a situation that could easily be a bar joke. Three days before the local group occupied the Walmart distribution center in Loveland, Spendley heard a knock on the door of his Denver apartment. Wh ... More >>
FBIA hairy proposition.The Denver area seems to have a lot of bank robbers, and the FBI and local law enforcement officials like to tell them apart with funny or clever nicknames. We've had the Shaggy Bandit, the Perennial Bandit, the Snowboard Bandits, and the Band-Aid Bandit, just to name ... More >>
Courtesy of the FBIIf you consider the Sharks and the Jets to be gangs in the same way the Bloods and the Crips fit that selective bill, you might also be willing to consider juggalos one. The FBI does, at least: According to the bureau's most recent National Gang Threat Assessment, the face- ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: Well, that was fast. Authorities have just revealed that all three members of the so-called Dougherty gang were captured south of Pueblo. And sometime stripper Lee Grace Dougherty, her brother Ryan Dougherty, who has the lengthiest rap sheet, and their half-brother Dyla ... More >>
Big pics below.Update: The nationwide manhunt for Bret Lee Thompson, accused of kidnapping an eight-year-old girl from a southwest Denver alley and sexually assaulting her, didn't end in dramatic fashion. According to the FBI, authorities in Brunswick, New Jersey found him sleeping in his va ... More >>
Big pics below.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, renowned for the clever names it hangs on the likes of the $83 Bandit, the Shaggy Bandit and plenty of other scofflaws, is on the lookout for the guys who allegedly knocked over Wells Fargo, Key and Compass banks in recent weeks. Look ... More >>
More photos below.You're right, America: Times are tough. Which likely has something to do with the latest rash of bank robberies along the Front Range. We've learned about three -- count 'em, three -- recent heists: one in Fort Collins, two on South Buckley road in Aurora. Page down below to ... More >>
Full-sized photos below.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force hasn't come up with one of its patented nicknames (like the Super Freak Bandit) for the guy suspected of robbing the downtown Chase Bank branch yesterday. And that's odd, because surveillance photos show him clinging to his co ... More >>
JV Bandit?The number of bank robberies in these parts may not be the most accurate gauge of the continuing economic funk, but it'll do in a pinch, as evidenced by not one, not two, but three new heists. First up is the JV Bandit, who first made headlines in July before allegedly hitting anot ... More >>
Bandit in action.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has apparently been so busy naming the likes of the JV Bandit and the Formerly Known as the Perennial Bandit Bandit that it has yet to select a moniker for the trio that knocked over a Chambers Road 1stBank on Tuesday. Should they be ... More >>
The JV Bandit.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, the nicknaming kings of local law enforcement, have another scofflaw on their radar: the JV Bandit, who earned his handle for wearing a letter jacket on one of his jobs. Go team! Will he be wrapped up as quickly as the Formally Known ... More >>
CIM's logo.On Friday, we shared an account by Open Media Foundation's Tony Shawcross about an FBI request for information from Colorado Indymedia following acts of vandalism at two Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices. Now, a Colorado Indymedia representative weighs in on the incident, ... More >>
Tony Shawcross.Colorado Indymedia is a news outlet that's dedicated to fighting the power. And the organization did so last week, when the FBI asked for IP information about the anonymous person who posted info about vandalism at two Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices. Colorado Indym ... More >>
Back again?Shortly after nabbing the Bad Hat Bandit, the folks at the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force are hoping to pluck a guy they've nicknamed the Perennial Bandit. He's thought to have hit the same Bank of the West branch twice, almost exactly a year apart. Spring has sprung, and ... More >>
Bet she's a star in stir.The local FBI branch, not to mention the nickname-bestowing Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, is on a roll lately. First, the feds capture the alleged Super Freak Bandit, Lester Eugene Fowler. And now, Debra Flamio, 54, has been accused of being the Bad Hatter ... More >>
I think she pulls it off...After outdoing itself earlier this week by way of its moniker for the Super Freak Bandit, the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, the agency charged with nicknaming local bank robbers, has taken on a new beat: fashion policing. Note that its latest alert focuse ... More >>
Taking over on Monday.Usually, the FBI doesn't highlight bank robbers until after the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force has given them a nickname -- like the H1N1 bandit, the Tom Thumb Bandit, the Band-Aid Bandit or the alleged (and just-captured) Portfolio Bandit. But in the case of th ... More >>
Nice portfolio, sir!It's been four weeks-plus since the capture of Merle Allison, thought to be the so-called Limping Latex Bandit. Since then, the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force hasn't introduced us to any new nicknamed scofflaws. Finally, however, there's a worthy successor to the ... More >>
Kayleah hasn't been forgotten.Young Kayleah Wilson is still missing more than two weeks after heading off to a March 28 birthday party -- and while her friends, family and other concerned folks are keeping up their spirits on a Facebook page devoted to her, they need help to continue looking ... More >>
"I'm leaving soon enough. Just relax."Meagan Castle, spokeswoman for Governor Bill Ritter, confirms that her boss has received a threatening letter that's been turned over to the FBI. But that's all she's saying -- and FBI spokesman Dave Joly isn't offering any additional information until an ... More >>
Ernest Tait was one of the few felons to be on the Most Wanted List twice: He's both number 23 and number 133.Sunday marks the sixtieth anniversary of the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list. It got its start on March 14, 1950, after an International News Service reporter asked the feds for info on th ... More >>
Timothy McGlockin is wanted. Very wanted.The Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force, profiled in this Westword feature, has had plenty of bank robberies to investigate of late. But at least three of the most memorable jobs, committed on December 2, December 9 and December 15, may have been th ... More >>
Bonnie and Clyde doing their bank-robbing thing in Colorado.The crime spree of Bonnie and Clyde 2.0 was not nearly as long or storied as their namesakes. Last week, we told you about the couple, who were accused of one bank robbery and several other armed robberies in the Greeley area. But t ... More >>
Does this man robbing the US Bank yesterday look familiar?Welcome to the New Depression, when local banks are being robbed at a rapid pace -- because, as Willie Sutton once said, that's where the money is. Two banks were lightened of their loads on Monday. Yesterday, a US Bank branch at 1019 ... More >>
Suddenly, Denver is the center of the terrorism-investigation universe. Tuesday afternoon, word surfaced that a man linked to terrorism-related raids in Queens, New York who was originally said to be from "the midwest" actually lived in the Denver area. Mere hours later, the suspect was reveal ... More >>
The FBI conducted a number of high-profile raids in Queens yesterday -- high-profile enough to have prompted the CBS report above (beware; you have to watch a commercial before the story actually runs). Along the way, correspondent Bob Orr mentions a man "from the midwest" whose recent travels to A ... More >>
The Shaggy Bandit, presumably asking for more than just Scooby SnacksIt's been a big week for local robbers with snazzy names. On Tuesday, the FBI announced it was looking for a scofflaw they'd named the $83 Bandit, since the bank notes he's used to rob eight Denver area banks since March oft ... More >>
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