2 arrested in eastern Colorado for child sex crime allegations

 From left: Hernandez, Olmstead (Photos: Bent County Sheriff's Office)
From left: Hernandez, Olmstead (Photos: Bent County Sheriff's Office) (KKTV)
Published: Dec. 9, 2019 at 9:42 AM MST
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Two men from the Pikes Peak region were captured in a human trafficking operation over the weekend.

The Colorado Bureau of Investigation says both men were arrested in Kiowa County, where the operation was carried out Friday night.

Twenty-seven-year-old Luis Hernandez of Fountain was arrested following a car chase along Highway 287, during which CBI says he nearly hit an undercover agent. A Kiowa County sheriff's deputy's vehicle was heavily damaged during the chase.

Hernandez faces charges of human trafficking-sexual servitude. CBI says his intended victim was a minor.

Joshua Olmstead, 38, of Colorado Springs was arrested by undercover agents in Eads that same night and faces charges of soliciting for child prostitution. Unlike Hernandez's arrest, Olmstead was taken into custody without incident.

Both men are being held in the Bent County jail.

"Collaboration within law enforcement is imperative in identifying and recovering victims of human trafficking,” said Agent in Charge Christian Mohr, who oversees the CBI’s Human Trafficking Unit. “This week’s operation in Kiowa County is another example of the Bureau’s efforts to provide support to local law enforcement in addressing this important issue.”

Eads is about 130 miles southeast of Colorado Springs.