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Carjacking suspect arrested after standoff

Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Standoff in Field in Northern Pueblo County.
Carjacking Suspect Arrested After Standoff in Field in Northern Pueblo County.(Pueblo County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Sep. 12, 2020 at 8:55 PM MDT
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PUEBLO, Colo. (KKTV) - A carjacking suspect is now in custody following a four-hour standoff Saturday afternoon.

Pueblo County Sheriff’s SWAT team responded to a suspected carjacking in the 3600 block of Overton Road in north Pueblo County around 1:15 p.m. The truck was reportedly stolen out of El Paso County.

A deputy found the unoccupied white truck in the area and saw a man and woman walking away from the car. The deputy tried to speak to the individuals, when the woman ran and the man, carrying a handgun, “refused repeated orders to stop, drop the gun and surrender," the sheriff’s office said.

Dustin Wasberg, 46, reportedly sat down in a field, put the gun between his legs and did not respond to commands to surrender.

An emergency alert was issued to residents in the area notifying them of the law enforcement presence and part of Overton Road was closed to traffic.

The sheriff’s office says negotiators worked for hours to convince the suspect to surrender peacefully. He eventually did just after 5 p.m.

Wasberg now faces two felony warrants out of El Paso County.

Pueblo County Sheriff Kirk Taylor was at the scene and praised law enforcement for the peaceful end to the standoff.

“We were able to set up a great perimeter with the help of our partners from Pueblo Police and the Colorado State Patrol, which allowed us time to arrange for negotiations with the suspect. Our negotiator did a great job in convincing him to surrender peacefully,” he said.

The woman Wasberg was with has not been located and is considered a person of interest. She is also wanted on felony warrants. Anyone with information or sees anything suspicious should call 911 right away.

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