Escapee faces three attempted murder charges
A man accused of escaping from an Arizona prison and firing at police during his arrest in Rifle has been formally charged with three counts of first-degree attempted murder.
Prosecutors filed the charges against Daniel Renwick today in Glenwood Springs. He also is being charged locally with vehicular eluding and possession of a dangerous weapon by a previous offender.
Renwick is one of three men authorities say escaped from an Arizona prison July 30. One of the three remains on the loose with an accomplice, authorities say.
Renwick was arrested early on Aug. 1 in Rifle after allegedly firing a bullet that struck a Rifle police vehicle that was being driven by officer William Van Teylingen and was in pursuit.
Prosecutors filed two more attempted murder charges because vehicles driven by two other officers were behind the one struck by the bullet, according to an affidavit for a search warrant for the vehicle Renwick was driving.
Renwick was taken into custody without further resistance after Van Teylingen rammed his vehicle with the patrol car.
Renwick, who was serving consecutive 22-year sentences in Arizona for two murders, also faces a charge of being a fugitive. He is being held in Garfield County Jail on a no-hold bond in connection with the fugitive case, and $2.5 million bond for the other charges.
Deputy district attorney Jim Leuthauser said following today’s brief court proceeding that it’s “impossible to say” how prosecution of the other charges might affect efforts to extradite Renwick to Arizona to face prosecution there.
Reading a brief statement in court Wednesday, Renwick said, “I invoke my right to remain silent under the Fifth and Sixth amendments of the U.S. Constitution.”
He said he planned to invoke those rights, including the right to have an attorney present, not just in Colorado but in other states.
“I do not want to speak to any law enforcement official without the presence of an attorney,” he said.