Attempted murder suspect captured
The search ended for a man wanted in an attempted murder case, and the explosive device found in his car was taken by the bomb squad.
Recovery Agent Mike Vester from U.S. Fugitive Recovery Investigations a Denver based investigations and Fugitive Recovery firm tracked fugitive Nick Label to a trailer in Weld County late Saturday evening. USFRI Agent Vester receiver a tip from someone close to Label, He and another USFRI agent met with the informant, confirmed the information, and surrounded the location. USFRI agent Vester was aware of the extreme danger so he called Greeley PD. After an eight hour standoff with Weld County S.W.A.T. and local authorities from Evans, Platteville and Greeley Police departments Nick Label was taken into custody without incident.
The long ordeal began about 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when police tried to stop a car in east Greeley, and the driver sped away. There was a car crash, and the suspect escaped on foot.
The incident then unfolded near the intersection of East 16th Street and Ash Avenue, east of the Linn Grove Cemetery.
According to Weld County Undersheriff Margie Martinez, when the ownership record of the vehicle was searched, they discovered the car was sold earlier this month to Nick Label, a man on Weld’s Most Wanted List.
As sheriff’s deputies began to search the car, they found what may be an explosive device, Martinez said, so the deputies backed off and called for the Greeley-Weld County Bomb Squad.
“They recovered a small device about the size of a CO-2 capsule,” said Martinez. A CO-2 capsule is usually about two inches long and bullet-shaped. “The bomb squad took the capsule to detonate safely,” Martinez said.
Label was wanted for a shooting incident on Dec. 6, when he allegedly shot 33-year-old Phillip Romero three times in an apparent drug transaction in Evans. Romero was hit in the leg, chest and a big toe was severed by a bullet.
That incident became well-known in the area because the victim stumbled out on U.S. 85 and collapsed in traffic.
Romero recovered, but Label was sought on charges of attempted second-degree murder, probation violation, third-degree assault and cultivation of marijuana, among other charges.