ATWOOD, COLORADO- A suspect wanted in connection to a double-shooting in Atwood in mid-August was arrested in Greeley in the early morning hours of August 20, 2012.
Greeley police officers arrested Joseph Robert Bernal (DOB: 07/06/1987) of Greeley just after 2:30 a.m. in the area of the 300 block of E. 28th Street in Greeley. Bernal had a warrant issued for his arrest for attempted first degree murder for his alleged connection to the shooting of two men at an Atwood Sinclair gas station on Sunday, August 12, 2012. Specific information pertaining to Bernal’s arrest cannot be released because of an existing gag order issued in the case. Bernal is currently being held at the Weld County Jail.
Greeley police officers and CBI agents made another arrest linked to the Atwood shooting. Jose Manuel Velasquez (DOB: 11/11/1985) of Greeley was arrested on Friday in Greeley. Velasquez faces charges of attempted first degree murder and is being held at the Weld County Jail. Details about the arrest of Velasquez must be withheld because of the gag order issued in the case. His mug shot cannot be released at this time.
Overview of Initial Incident:
The Logan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of shots fired at the Sinclair Station located on Highway 63 and I-76 in Atwood just after 12:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 12, 2012.
Upon the arrival of deputies, two Hispanic males were located with multiple gunshot wounds. The shooting victims were identified as Jared Sanchez (DOB 8/31/87) and Eric Morales (DOB 11/4/81).
Both Sanchez and Morales were transported to the Sterling Regional Medical Center for treatment. Morales received treatment at the medical center. Sanchez was initially treated at the medical center and was later airlifted to a Denver-area hospital.
Early into the investigation, the Logan County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and 13th Judicial District Attorney’s Office for a joint investigation into the shooting.
Two women have been arrested in connection with the shooting:
- Leticia Hernandez (DOB 4/18/85) of Greeley was arrested and faces charges of conspiracy of first degree assault, conspiracy of aggravated robbery and attempted first degree homicide. Hernandez is being held at the Logan County Detention Center on $500,000 bond.
- Monica Pena (DOB 10/1/83) of Evans, was arrested and faces charges of conspiracy of first degree assault, conspiracy of aggravated robbery and attempted first degree homicide. Hernandez is being held at the Logan County Detention Center on $1,000,000 bond.
Specific details about what led to the shooting and the connection between the suspects and victims continue to be investigated at this time by CBI agents and the Logan County Sheriff’s Office.