2 men, woman held in Orchard Mesa slaying

Sadie Camis

Nathan Dennis

Aaron Ungles

Three people were arrested Saturday in connection with the slaying of a 38-year-old man whose body was found on Orchard Mesa on Monday, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department said.

Sadie Camis and Nathan Dennis, both 28, were arrested at 2:45 a.m. Saturday at 2907 3/4 Sandra Ave., Apt. A, on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of Rigoberto Luna. Dennis also was arrested on suspicion of aggravated robbery.

A third person, Aaron Ungles, 26, was arrested on suspicion of six felony counts of identity theft and one misdemeanor count of theft of less than $500. The location of Ungles’ arrest was not released.

Ungles is being held in the Mesa County Jail on $7,500 bond. Camis and Dennis are being held without bond. Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin said she didn’t know when they would make their first court appearance.

The warrant for each suspect was sealed. Authorities declined to release further information.

At approximately 11:30 a.m. Monday, a passerby called dispatch to report a man was unresponsive in a wooded area near B 1/2 Road and 29 3/4 Road.

The man was later identified as Luna, and the Mesa County coroner ruled his death a homicide. Authorities haven’t announced his cause of death.

The Sheriff’s Department said on Tuesday deputies were looking for a 1999 4-door, dark blue Jeep Cherokee Luna was driving before his death. A deputy found the Jeep at about 3 p.m. Friday at 166 Edlun Road behind the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

All three suspects have criminal records in Colorado.

Dennis was found guilty of unlawful use of a controlled substance and a probation violation in Gunnison County in 2004 and sentenced to 48 days in jail and 192 hours of community service, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records. He was arrested again in Gunnison in 2007 on felony drug possession charges and in 2008 on burglary and trespassing charges. He was sentenced to two years in community corrections.

Camis was arrested in Glenwood Springs in 2002 on felony drug charges, though the disposition of that case is unclear in CBI records. She was then arrested last year in Alamosa on charges including hit-and-run, leaving the scene of an accident, child abuse and driving under restraint. She was sentenced to six months on probation.

Ungles has been arrested at least eight times since 2009 on charges including second-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, assault and criminal mischief. He was sentenced in Pueblo County in 2010 to 30 days in jail and 12 months on probation. He was most recently arrested last December in Mesa County on a warrant for failing to appear in court in Pueblo on a menacing case, according to CBI records.

City Editor Mike Wiggins contributed to this report.


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