Broomfield Defendant Convicted of First-Degree Assault and Attempted Manslaughter for Trying to Mow Down an Oncoming Police Officer
November 8, 2022
Broomfield, CO — Today, 17th Judicial District Attorney Brian Mason is announcing the First-Degree Assault, Aggravated Robbery, and Attempted Manslaughter conviction of Angel Ramirez-Armas, 32, following a jury trial in Broomfield County District Court.
On November 12, 2020, Broomfield Police were dispatched to an apartment complex along Summit Boulevard in response to a shots fired call. Upon arrival a victim stated that a man stole his gold pickup truck and fled towards Highway 36. The victim said the man also fired two shots with a handgun in his direction before departing the area.
A short time later, the Broomfield Police Officer spotted the pickup truck and verified that it was the stolen vehicle from the previous call. The officer pursued the truck with lights and sirens on, but the driver continued to flee at a high rate of speed. A Broomfield Police Sergeant was in route to the area in his marked patrol vehicle. When the driver of the pickup truck, Angel Ramirez-Armas, encountered the Broomfield Police Sergeant, he veered aggressively into oncoming traffic. The Sergeant had to swerve to the side of the road to avoid a head-on collision. Ramirez-Armas was traveling approximately 75mph at the time.
Ramirez-Armas continued to drive recklessly into oncoming traffic. At one point, the driver of a stopped semi-truck, who was outside of his vehicle, had to jump behind the truck to avoid being hit. The pursuing Broomfield Police Officer attempted a PIT maneuver that successfully forced the defendant's vehicle off the road. Ramirez-Armas fled on foot but was later captured.
On November 3, 2022, a Broomfield County Jury found Ramirez-Armas guilty of:
Aggravated Robbery (F3)
First-Degree Assault (F3)
Attempted Manslaughter (2 counts) (F5)
Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft (F5)
Vehicular Eluding (F5)
Possession of a Weapon by a Previous Offender (Guilty Plea After Trial) (F6)
On January 5, 2023, at 10:00am, Ramirez-Armas will be sentenced by a Broomfield County District Judge.
"This defendant put so many lives at risk and nearly killed a police officer in a head-on collision," said District Attorney Brian Mason. "Our officers put their own lives at risk every day to protect those who live and work in our community. We will aggressively prosecute those who put the lives of officers or members of our community at risk, as the defendant did here. I commend the Broomfield Police Department and my team at the DA's Office for their hard work on this case and am grateful to the jury for returning a just verdict."
Deputy District Attorney Dan Martin and Deputy District Attorney Kate Armstrong led the prosecution of this case.
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District Attorney Mason assumed the oath of office on January 12, 2021. The 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office endeavors to seek justice on behalf of the citizens of Adams and Broomfield counties in felony and misdemeanor cases. DA Mason and his staff are dedicated to transforming the criminal justice system to better serve the citizens of the 17th Judicial District.
Ms. Gazelka is a forensic therapist and clinician in Denver, Colorado. She is currently focused on providing therapy and assessment services to adult offenders in the community corrections and parole systems as a supervisor at Correctional Psychology Associates (CPA). Her education and career have been devoted to the intersection of psychology and law since 2000. Ms. Gazelka has been working within the field of forensic and correctional psychology since 2006, providing therapy in the community and acute mental health care and risk assessments in county jails. She has practiced as a Licensed Professional Counselor since June 2012. She also became a Licensed Addiction Counselor in March 2014. She was listed as a full operating level DVOMB Approved Provider in June 2019 and started a fledgling DV program oriented to Colorado’s Department of Corrections at CPA in September 2019. Ms. Gazelka was appointed to the Domestic Violence Offender Management Board (DVOMB) in March 2019 and has started her second term with the board. Ms. Gazelka has been recognized for her work as Contributor of the Year at CPA in 2010 and 2012, as well as having been awarded an Alumni Impact Award for her forensic work in the community by University of Denver’s GSPP in 2019. Ms. Gazelka received her Master of Arts degree in Forensic Clinical Psychology from University of Denver's Graduate School of Professional Psychology in 2009. Ms. Gazelka also received her Juris Doctorate from William Mitchell College of Law in 2007, obtaining attorney’s licenses in both Minnesota and Colorado (currently inactive).
Alex Castro Croy
Alex Castro Croy is a bilingual, bicultural, Trauma and Addiction Counselor and owner/Lead Clinician of Life Recovery Centers in Denver and Northglenn Colorado.
A first-generation immigrant from Mexico who accomplished his dream in higher education receiving an AA in Pastoral Ministry (Dallas, Texas), Bachelor of Science in Human Services (MSU in Denver, Colorado) and MA in Community Counseling from Regis University (Denver, Co). He is continuing to pursue his MA/Ph.D. from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Jungian and Archetypal Studies.
Alex’s passion includes training, teaching, counseling, and consulting. He has been an Adjunct Professor for the Human Services Department at MSU-Denver for 9 years. He has served as an Interventionist for the Latino GLBTQ community, Drug Court Probation Officer at Denver Juvenile Court Probation (8 years), Bilingual Diversion Officer for Denver DA office (5 years), and currently owner and director of Life Recovery Centers (7 years). He has worked with a variety of clients from all walks of life and his eclectic therapeutic interventions have proven to be effective in treating trauma and addiction.
Thea Wessel is an addictions counselor with a private practice in Colorado. She has been working in the criminal and addiction fields for thirteen years. Ms. Wessel earned her Masters in forensic psychology from the University of Denver and has her LPC, LAC, MAC, NCAAC, and ADS. She is working towards her Ph.D. in Transpersonal Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Ms. Wessel continually challenges herself and others to provide quality addiction treatment and ways to continue to educate the community about addiction issues.