4th Suspect Arrested in Connection With Murder of Brian Swartz

By: KKTV 11 News
By: KKTV 11 News

Pueblo police have arrested a fourth suspect in connection with the murder of 30-year-old Brian Swartz. Swartz's body was found earlier this month, several weeks after he was reported missing.

Police say Joddy Carbajal acted as an accessory to the crime. He was allegedly tasked with opening Swartz's safe, to retrieve weapons and cash. Carbajal is also accused of possession of a weapon by a previous offender.

His arrest comes several days after the arrests of 3 other suspects in the case. Swartz's common-law wife, Sonia Mitchell, her sister Priscilla Mitchell, and Sonia's boyfriend, Eloy Varos, are facing charges of first degree murder.

Police believe the suspects asked Carbajal to try and open Swartz's safe after Swartz was killed. They allegedly told him he could keep any weapons he found inside, along with some of the cash.

According to Carbajal's arrest affidavit obtained by 11 News, he tried opening the safe with dry ice, which did not work. He also asked some friends to loan him tools from an auto-body shop, but they refused.

Police don't know if Carbajal was able to open the safe, because it's now missing. He is allegedly refusing to tell police where it is. Divers have been searching the Arkansas River near the 4th Street bridge in connection with this case, and police tell 11 News they have found several items, but they won't say what those items are.

As previously reported by KKTV 11 News, police say domestic violence may have been the motive in Swartz's murder. They believe Sonia Mitchell and the other suspects conspired to kill Swartz by bludgeoning him to death in his bed.

Police say a Crime Stoppers tip helped them crack the case. They later found a blood-stained mattress in a storage unit under Eloy Varos' name.

Sonia Mitchell, Priscilla Mitchell and Eloy Varos are still behind bars, each on a million dollars bond. Carbajal was able to post his lower bond, and has been released.


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