Officer Hancock of the Denver Police Department stopped Diego Alejandro Diaz Sanchez 23, on a routine traffic stop. Little did Officer Hancock know that running his license would bring back results of a warrant issued for a 8.9 million dollar armed robbery that occurred in Guatemala in 2006.
Sanchez who failed to turn his turn signal on at Mountview Boulevard and Syracuse Street. Sanchez was arrested and taken to the Denver Police Department once the warrant that had been issued was detected. Police then notified Interpol in Washington D.C. of the arrest that had been made. Chief of Police Gerald Whitman was so proud that Officer Hancock had supposedly brought a fugitive to justice that he issued a news release immeditely, the Rocky Mountain News reported.
Whitman told the Rocky Mountain News regarding Sanchez’s arrest that it was “an excellent example of how routine traffic stops and contacts are very important in the day to day role of police officers, and what may start out as a simple violation can ultimately end up as so much more”.
Unfortunately 29 minutes after Chief Whitman issued the news release, another news release was issued with a much different scenario. According to federal authorities, the Denver Police had no jurisdiction over Sanchez and was told to release him immediately.
Crystal Humes who is a Interpol public affairs officer stated ” An outstanding Interpol warrant is not in itself reason enough for an arrest”. Chief Witman also added ” After further review it has been determined that the warrant is non extraditable at this time”, he also went to say ” we have gathered as much information about this individual as possible and have forwarded this information to the appropriate authorities”, as told by the Rocky Mountain News
The incident in question that the warrant was issued on happened in September of 2006. 22 million dollars was being transferred to the U.S. Federal Reserve from six local banks for safekeeping. Inside of the truck was the driver, a cashier from one of the banks, and an unarmed guard. According to the Associated Press, heavily armed robbers stopped the truck and got away with 8.9 million dollars. Luckily no injuries to anyone inside the truck were made.
At the time of the robbery, Interior Minister Carlos Vielman told the Associated Press, “How did they know when the money would arrive and that it would be transported in an airport vehicle that was not armored from the terminal? he went on to add, ” Supposedly no one with guns should be able to enter this area that was 100% restricted, but now we know that it is vulnerable”.
SOURCE : Routine Traffic Stop Results in Major Arrest – Denver Police Department – Media Relations http://www.denvergov.org/Police/MediaRelations/tabid/426762/Default.aspx
SOURCE : Police forced to free suspect in heist – Chris Barge – Rocky Mountain News – http://www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_5571269,00.html
SOURCE : Guatemala Gunmen Hit Truck Carrying $22m –