May 2, 2016
On April 25, an apartment door at The Lodges was shot at, and two suspects have now been arrested.
While the UCCS Police Department did not take the lead on investigating the case, they did have some involvement.
Located near Pulpit Rock at I-25 and Nevada, The Lodges is not on UCCS property, but is home to many UCCS students and falls within the intergovernmental agency agreement between the UCCS Police Department and the Colorado Springs Police Department.
CSPD responded to calls of a shooting around 11:30 p.m. on April 25. No one was hurt.
The next day, around 8:30 a.m., CSPD officers responded to reports of another shooting at the 2500 block of E. Pikes Peak Avenue, near Memorial Park. Dulio Martinez, 19, and Timothy Flores, 23, have been arrested as suspects.
Arrested for attempted aggravated robbery and illegal discharge of a weapon into a dwelling, neither Martinez or Flores are students at UCCS or live in The Lodges.
Both were believed to be connected to The Lodges shooting.
Joel Kern, spokesperson for CSPD, said the suspects shot rounds through an apartment door at The Lodges and left.
Brian McPike, executive director of Public Safety at UCCS, said the university was working with CSPD when The Lodges incident took place. One of the detectives for the UCCS Police Department worked with CSPD.
While CSPD took the lead on the investigation, Kern said working with UCCS goes well.
“We do have a very good working relationship,” said Kern.
McPike added that the event is concerning to parents and students alike.
“It’s a pretty terrifying event,” he said.
McPike said the Dean of Students Office is working on providing aid and counseling to students who need it.
Property manager for The Lodges, Luanne Randle, explained to The Scribe in an email that because it is an
ongoing investigation, it would not be appropriate for her to comment about the incident. But she did elaborate on The Lodges’ response.
“Based on the information known at this time, we have strong reason to believe this is an isolated instance,” she said.
“Immediately following the incident, we contracted additional private security to patrol the community in conjunction with our courtesy managers and on-site staff. We have also asked our residents to be vigilant and report any suspicious persons or activities to local law enforcement immediately.”
The Lodges already has courtesy managers that make evening patrols, access to certain areas are limited by keys and security cameras are located throughout the property.