Rifle PD: Wanted fugitive search continues

Rifle Police Department

On July 5, 2023, at approximately 4 p.m. Garfield County Sherriff’s Deputies were attempting to make contact with an individual with felony arrest warrants for a violent assault in the area of South Whiteriver and 7th St. South in Rifle Colorado. Bradley Wilczek, the male subject fled from police and a search ensued. Rifle Police Officers, Garfield County Sherriff’s Deputies, and  SPEAR officers searched the area for Wilczek for several hours. At approximately 8:40 p.m., acting on a tip that the suspect was inside his residence, a search warrant was granted. A search of the residence was executed with the assistance of the Garfield County All Hazards Response Team, but Wilczek was not inside.

Bradley Wiczek is a wanted felon. Wiczek, born in 1982, is a white male, with brown hair, and green eyes, 5′ 6″ tall weighing 180 pounds, and a single-leg amputee. If you see Wiczek please call 911.

We would like to thank the residents of Southwest Rifle for their patience and understanding as we worked the area late into the night. We’ve had several witnesses come forward with information. If you have any information or video regarding this incident please contact Garfield County Dispatch Center at 970-625-8095.

At this time there is no elevated risk to the public but we do want to remind everyone to lock your home and vehicle doors and windows. This investigation is ongoing with an outstanding arrest warrant. Updates will be released as we are able.

All suspects are considered innocent until adjudicated guilty in a court of law.

July 5 incident report

Rifle PD: Wanted fugitive search continues

RPD: Police looking for subject in Rifle area

Rifle Police Department

July 5, 5:56 pm – Police are looking for a subject in the southwest Rifle area. There is no immediate threat to the public, but we do want to remind everyone to lock your home and vehicle doors and windows. Updates at Rifle Police Department facebook.

The subject was last seen west of Taughenbaugh Boulevard and north of Last Chance Drive.

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RPD: Police looking for subject in Rifle area

RPD: Armed Robbery at Rifle Rest Area

Rifle Police Department

July 22, 6:24 p.m. – An armed robbery occurred on July 22, 2021, at about 12:11 a.m. in the Lion’s Park rest area in Rifle. A male approached the victim, brandished a knife, and demanded money. The suspect left on foot without taking anything from the victim. The victim was not injured.

The suspect is described as a male, dark hair and approximately 5’8”-5’10” tall. He was wearing a dark hooded sweatshirt, tennis shoes and jeans. His face was partially covered.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident or saw anything suspicious is encouraged to call the Rifle Police Department at 970-665-6500 and ask to speak to a detective or supervisor. After 5:00 p.m., please call 970-625-6524.

When a flash flood warning is issued for Glenwood Canyon, 1-70 through the canyon will be shut down due to the possibility of mudslides from the Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar. As a result, traffic will be diverted off of I-70 and onto Highway 13 via exit 87 for a detour up through Meeker and Steamboat Springs. This has already occurred several times this year, and has caused an increase in visitors to the Lyon’s Pond rest area.

Citizens are encouraged to be extra vigilant regarding their surroundings when at any rest area. Remember to park in well-lit areas, stay in groups whenever possible and report suspicious activity.

For updated information on all City matters, please go to our website, www.rifleco.org or our Facebook and Twitter pages.

RPD: Armed Robbery at Rifle Rest Area

RPD: Lion’s Park incident

RIFLE, CO – The Rifle Police Department is requesting assistance from the public.

On Thursday, June 17, 2021, at approximately 8:30 pm, a child was walking with the family dog in Lion’s Park. An unknown male took hold of the child’s arm. The child’s dog reacted and bit the male’s hand – likely the right hand.

The child’s mother confronted the male and he subsequently left the area in a van. The van was last seen driving east in the 1000 block of Airport Road.

Description of male:
Approximate age of 50 or older
Dirty gray and blond hair and a beard that was 2-3 inches long
Brown eyes
Yellow teeth
Wearing a white tee-shirt and shorts

Vehicle description:
White panel van
No license plates noted
Front bumper damaged on the passenger side

This release contains information as it is known to us at this stage in the investigation.

If you were in Lion’s Park on the evening of June 17, 2021, and witnessed this incident, or remember seeing a person or vehicle matching this description, please contact the Rifle Police Department at 970-665-6500.

RPD: Lion’s Park incident