Police: Greeley man used Shanann Watts’ death to threaten ex-girlfriend

LONGMONT, Colo. — A Greeley man used the death of Shanann Watts and her two young daughters to threaten his ex-girlfriend earlier this month, the Longmont Police Department said.

Miguel Perez, 31, allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s home on Monday in violation of a protective order.

After the incident, his ex-girlfriend, Desiree Yuma, told police she was afraid of Perez because he had threatened her multiple times.

Yuma told police that two days earlier, Perez texted her a link to a media report on the deaths of Watts and her children.

Watts’ body was found in a shallow grave near an oil tank on property owned by Anadarko Petroleum, where her husband, Christopher Watts, worked as an operator.

Officials said they found the bodies of the girls, 4-year-old Bella and 3-year-old Celeste, in an oil well in near their mother’s body.

Shanann Watts was 15 weeks pregnant with a boy when she was strangled to death, the Frederick Police Department said.

Christopher Watts has been charged in the Aug. 16 homicides.

After the link was sent, Longmont police allege that Perez, wrote her a second time to say “I could never kill a kid. But I could kill you.”

As police interviewed her, she was receiving multiple phone calls from Perez using a blocked phone number. Perez said he would come back to the home, but never returned.

Police learned Perez coaches youth football in Platteville. When police approached him, he fled before turning himself in to police.

Perez faces several charges, including burglary and violating a protective order in connection to Monday’s incident.

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