DENVER (CBS4) – The man suspected in an attempted murder case who escaped months ago from a facility inside Denver Health Medical Center was arrested Friday in Thornton.

Police in Denver tweeted about Mauricio Venzor-Gonzales’ arrest just after 5 p.m. on Friday evening.

Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez (credit: Denver Police)

Mauricio Venzor-Gonzalez escaped just after daybreak on March 19. He was reportedly wearing leg irons and wasn’t in handcuffs and had on a dark green uniform that had the letters CCMF on it.

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Police searched an area south of the medical facility for the escapee and a perimeter was set up around Denver Health, complete with K9 officers.

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Venzor allegedly took his ex-girlfriend and their son from a home in Adams County at gunpoint late last summer in a case that triggered an Amber Alert. The woman and the child were found unharmed but the subsequent search for Venzor lasted several days.

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Police said he was arrested in Thornton on Friday afternoon with the assistance of the Rocky Mountain Safe Streets Task Force but didn’t release any other details about his capture.


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