One of the most wanted fugitives in Western Colorado has been captured. The arrest of Sam Lincoln, suspected of shooting James Finnigan in the desert and taking shots at Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies, occurred Sunday night at a Glenwood Springs motel. According to Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, Lincoln was able to stay on the run for nearly 3 weeks due to a network of connections supplying the fugitive with vehicles, money and supplies.
During the past several weeks, Law Enforcement Officials did make a number of arrests, drying up Lincoln's connections, forcing him out of the county and ultimately leading to his arrest.
The events leading up to Lincoln's arrest began Saturday night with a high speed pursuit in rural Montrose County with a vehicle believed to be involved with the suspect. The car got away, but was discovered Sunday morning by police in New Castle.
Once notified about the abandoned vehicle, Mesa County Sheriff's Officials coordinated with authorities in
Garfield County, and Lincoln's trail led police to the Budget Host Inn in Glenwood Springs.
Shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, Lincoln and an unidentified woman who was also taken into custody came out of the hotel room, and police were forced to use less-lethal force to apprehend the suspect.
Lincoln is in custody at the Garfield County Jail, and along with pending charges in Mesa County, Lincoln is also facing charges stemming from a separate shooting incident that happened in Garfield County earlier this year.
by: By Mike DeFina
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