Burglary alarm results in two arrests, injury to Costilla deputy


FORT GARLAND — Two persons were arrested and a deputy suffered minor injuries in an incident Monday afternoon at Rio Grande Ranches.
A report from the Costilla County Sheriff said Deputy Angela Esquibel was dispatched to a residence on Pecos Trail at approximately 1:16 p.m. Nov. 5 when a burglary alarm was reported.
Deputy Esquibel arrived on scene and contacted a male party. After questioning the male and finally getting an identification as Steven Marks, 53.
Marks reportedly had an active warrant out of El Paso County for domestic violence.
A struggle between Deputy Esquibel and Marks brought deployment of a Taser, which reportedly had no effect.
Deputy Esquibel was able to take Marks into custody after a 30-minute struggle resulting in minor injuries to herself and Marks.
Timothy Withers,69, was on scene and refused to assist the deputy during the struggle and was placed into custody for criminal attempt of second degree assault on a peace officer after other agencies arrived.
Marks is being held at the Costilla County Jail for second degree assault on a peace officer and other charges.
The Costilla County Sheriff thanked the Conejos County Sheriff’s Office, Colorado State Patrol and Colorado Department of Wildlife for responding to this incident.
There is no danger to the public.

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