Brighton Police Department is investigating an incident that occurred on Aug. 16 in the 400 block of North 19th Avenue, where an officer was seriously injured while attempting to contact an individual who had a domestic violence felony warrant for his arrest. The officer remains in the hospital but is expected to make a full recovery. The suspect is in custody.
At 6 p.m. on Aug. 16 officers verified that the wanted suspect, 49-year-old Robert Trujillo, was occupying a vehicle parked in the area of North 19th Avenue and Overland Drive. When officers attempted to contain the vehicle and contact the suspect, he refused to exit the vehicle. The suspect then maneuvered away from patrol cars while an officer was attempting to remove him from the vehicle. He began driving away at a high rate of speed while the officer was still holding onto him. The suspect hit two other vehicles in the parking lot and drove roughly 76 feet before the officer fell off the vehicle.
The suspect later exited his vehicle and ran into a nearby apartment. After making announcements for a short time, the suspect exited the apartment without incident. He was arrested and booked into Adams County jail on multiple charges including first degree assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, vehicular eluding and more. Under Colorado laws, the arrest and filing of a criminal charge is merely a formal accusation that an individual committed a crime. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
This investigation remains ongoing and is still in the early stages. Anyone who witnessed this incident or has further information is requested to call our Tip Line at 303-655-8740, reference Case Number 23-4646.
Booking photo from Adams County Detention Facility.