Nationwide search on for escaped attempted murder suspect from Denver

DENVER -- The search for a fugitive on the run from police now stretches across the nation as police move in on his known accomplices.

Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez, 23, managed to get away from sheriff's deputies on Monday morning after being brought to Denver Health Medical Center for a medical appointment.

The Denver Police Department said he jumped a fence and took off running.

“Oh my God. He’s out again,” Carol Archuleta said.

Archuleta was driving in Pueblo in September when she spotted a family who looked down on their luck.

“They had nowhere to go. They didn’t have anything for the baby and I’m sure they were hungry. The baby didn’t have any clothes, just a diaper," Archuleta said.

"The woman was walking behind him. He told me that the grandmother had thrown them out, so I knew they didn’t have a place to go. I cooked dinner for them and we talked."

Archuleta let them shower and spend the night at her home, not realizing the man was Venzor-Gonzalez -- a criminal at the center of an Amber Alert for allegedly abducting his girlfriend and child.

“In hindsight now that I think about it, I brought him here to my family and it was a very dangerous situation,” Archuleta said.

Venzor-Gonzalez is also accused of attempted first-degree murder of a Denver police officer.

The SWAT team canvassed neighborhoods in Denver after Venzor-Gonzalez got away.

On Monday night, undercover officers in Aurora caught up with someone believed to be connected to Venzor-Gonzalez.

There was a short chase that ended with shots fired at 40th Avenue and Albion Street in northeast Denver. One man later died at a hospital.

Police are not saying if the suspect died from gunshot wounds or from the impact of the crash. Archuleta fears Venzor-Gonzalez might try to return to her home.

The FBI is on alert as well law enforcement agencies across the country. Denver police said if Venzor-Gonzalez is found outside of Colorado he will be extradited back.

Venzor-Gonzalez is described as 5-foot-7 and 140 pounds. He was wearing a green prison uniform with the letters "CCMF" on it.

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