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Man in custody after threatening Sheriff’s employee



Salida, Colorado


August 30, 2020

Over the past week a member of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office command staff began receiving death threats. These threats included information that threatened both the members life and safety and that of the members family as well.

An investigation began immediately with the assistance of the Salida Police Department and investigators from the 11th Judicial District.

Through the course of the investigation it was determined that the suspect was quite possibly in the Denver Metro area so CBI and the Safe Streets Task Force, including the FBI and the Denver Police and Aurora Police Departments, joined the investigation.

Through different investigative procedures the suspect was identified and arrested in Aurora on Friday, August 28th by the Aurora SWAT Team.

Taken into custody was Daniel Pesch, age 37, residence unknown.

Pesch was initially transported to the Aurora Police Department jail but was then transported by the Chaffee County Detentions Facility to the Alamosa County Detention Facility. This was done due to the nature of threats against a member of the Chaffee County Sheriff’s Office.

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.

Additional charges are anticipated.

Pesch is being held on a $10,000 cash Bond

*****Chaffee County Sheriff John Spezze*****