ATWOOD, COLORADO- A warrant has been issued for the arrest of Joseph Robert Bernal (DOB: 07/06/1987) of Greeley 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.
Investigators with the Logan County Sheriff’s office and the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI) believe Bernal may have been involved in the shooting.
Bernal may be traveling in a white, 1991 Mercury Tracer, with Colorado license plate 804-XFV. Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to call Metro Denver CrimeStoppers with information 720-913-STOP (7867). You may remain anonymous. Bernal is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached by citizens.
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; his condition is unknown at this time. Sanchez was initially treated at the medical center and was later airlifted to a Denver-area hospital; his condition is also unknown at this time.
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.
The initial investigation indicates this incident was not a result of an attempted robbery of employees of the gas station, and the victims in the case are not employees of the Sinclair Station. However, specific details about what led to the shooting or the relationship between the suspect(s) victims is being investigated at this time.
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.
The investigation is on-going.