Police nab fugitive after 8-week run

Jixi Kruckenberg

A parolee who fled from law enforcement prompted an alert to Glade Park residents Thursday afternoon, as he was considered armed and dangerous.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office announced it was working with other agencies to locate Jixi Kruckenberg, 36, who ran from deputies and a parole officer who tried to contact him earlier in the day in Fruita.

Kruckenberg had a warrant for his arrest for absconding from parole, according to Megan Terlecky, Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

Officials issued the warning to Glade Park residents Thursday afternoon after spotting Kruckenberg in the area driving a white GMC pickup with Wyoming license plates. Glade Park residents living within a 5-mile radius of 10¾ and BS roads were contacted via a emergency notification system and advised to stay inside their homes.

The vehicle was located around 5 p.m. on Glade Park and searched, according to Terlecky, but Kruckenberg's whereabouts were unknown Thursday evening.

Kruckenberg had been sentenced in February 2015 to four years in prison related to a case in El Paso County. He was eligible for parole in June 2016, and was scheduled to be discharged from parole by June 2019, according to Colorado Department of Corrections records.

According to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records, Kruckenberg has a lengthy criminal record dating back to 2000, including arrests for drug charges, assault, trespassing, weapons violations and robbery.

"He's definitely somebody who is known to us," Terlecky said.

According to prior reports, Kruckenberg was involved in the shooting death of William Pruitt in a Clifton trailer park in 2003 when he was only 21. He was not charged in the death and authorities found he acted in self-defense.

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