Teen accused of threatening to kill ex's new boyfriend

Photo: Pueblo County Sheriff's Office
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PUEBLO WEST, Colo. (KKTV) - A teenager is facing a long list of charges after allegedly trying to break into his ex's home Sunday morning.

Suspect Carlos Zupancic, 18, allegedly showed up at his ex-girlfriend's Pueblo West home just after 5 a.m. Sunday. His ex, 17, told sheriff's deputies Zupancic started banging on her windows and threatening to kill her new boyfriend, who was sleeping inside. When he couldn't get in, he allegedly broke into a truck parked at the home and stole several items out of it, including a laptop.

The suspect fled before deputies arrived at the home. His vehicle was seen by witnesses, who were able to give deputies a description. The vehicle was later found ditched behind trees near the house, prompting the Pueblo County Sheriff's Office to issue a reverse 911 call for people living within a 1-mile radius of the home in case the suspect was armed. The home is located on Greenway Avenue.

Zupancic was spotted a short time later walking along a service road and taken into custody. He now faces charges of first-degree criminal trespass, theft, two counts of harassment and domestic violence.

Pueblo County deputies, canine officers, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officers, and a drone team all took part in the search.

"The responsiveness of our deputies in getting to the area and setting up a perimeter and quickly deploying the K9s and the drones led to the quick apprehension of the suspect,” Sheriff Kirk Taylor said in a statement Sunday. “This was spectacular teamwork by all involved.”