$50K bond for attempted-murder suspect

Angel Rodriguez-Archuleta

Angel Rodriguez-Archuleta, 20, was arraigned on attempted second-degree murder charges on Monday after allegedly firing a gun at a vehicle leaving a party in the desert on Saturday.

He received a $50,000 bond from Mesa County Court.

He was detained by local law enforcement at around 3 a.m. after more than 60 to 80 individuals in the area were questioned that night, the affidavit said.

The reports of a shooting came in on Saturday at around 12:30 a.m. in the desert north of 27¼ Road, commonly known as "the bowl" or "the dam," according to the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Among the first interviewed were two subjects who said the vehicle they were driving away in was shot at multiple times by a male suspect later identified as Rodriguez-Archuleta.

They reported there was a party in the desert in which several individuals were drinking and shooting guns indiscriminately toward an unoccupied hillside.

After a fight began between some of the individuals, resulting in the driver reportedly being hit in the face multiple times, the two got in the vehicle to leave but were shot at several times, according to Rodriguez-Archuleta's arrest affidavit.

One of the bullets reportedly hit the driver's side mirror.

By the time the interview with the two victims concluded, police at 27¼ Road and H Road were interviewing witnesses and potential suspects.

Police ultimately stopped approximately 25 to 30 vehicles, and about 60 to 80 individuals spoke with deputies, the Sheriff's Office said. During the investigation, several subjects were held by the patrol vehicles while more cars were coming out of the desert and being let out.

Among the individuals held by police was Rodriguez-Archuleta, the affidavit said.

While speaking with police, he said he and his crew were shooting their guns at the mountain and, after a fight broke out, he alleged the man in the truck shot at them as he was driving away, the affidavit said.

Rodriguez-Archuleta allegedly admitted he was the only person who shot at the truck, which he described as shooting in the general direction of the vehicle.

He later directed law enforcement to where he stashed the firearms in the desert, according to the affidavit.

He was charged with attempted second-degree murder after police believe he shot a large caliber rifle at the truck leaving the party despite reports several people tried to stop him.

Authorities believe his actions could have seriously injured and possibly killed the occupants of the vehicle. He was also charged with two counts of first-degree assault, felony menacing, tampering with physical evidence, illegal discharge of a firearm and prohibited use of a weapon.

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