Teller law officers snag kidnapping suspect in Divide

Timothy Vigil-Kidnapping

by Rick Langenberg:



A dangerous kidnapping suspect, involved in a recent case in Colorado Springs, was captured near Divide last week, following a joint operation by the Teller County Sheriff’ Office, the FBI and the Colorado Springs police.

As a result, 43-year-old Timothy Vigil, who was wanted on first-degree kidnapping charges, was arrested without incident at a local residence. According to news reports, Vigil peacefully surrendered.

Vigil, along with Cherri Capretz, 29, are accused of kidnapping two people in the 300 block of South 18th Street in Colorado Springs on Dec. 20. Capretz, though, is still on the loose.

According to authorities, the Colorado Springs Police received a tip Friday that Vigil could be in Teller County between Florissant and Divide.

Law enforcement officials also contacted the FBI and the Teller County Sheriff’s Office for assistance due to the fact that Vigil was reportedly considered “extremely dangerous,” and was believed to be armed. The sheriff’s office sent their emergency response team to a neighborhood where they believed Vigil was hiding. After obtaining an arrest warrant, sheriff deputies arrested Vigil without incident.

The Teller emergency response unit, which includes representatives from the sheriff’s department and other local agencies, is sometimes used in dealing with hostage-type incidents and apprehending dangerous fugitives.

During the earlier kidnapping episode in Colorado Springs, two victims were safely released, however one person was injured.

Despite the capture of Vigil in Teller County, the case still has not been fully resolved. Capretz has still not been arrested and authorities are looking for a third suspect, an unidentified male. Anyone with information about Capretz or the third suspect is asked to call the Colorado Springs Police Department at 719-444-7000 or Pikes Peak Area Crime Stoppers at 719-634-7867.