Published On: Sun, Jan 8th, 2017

FBI arrests Colorado murder suspect Richard Spanks in Arizona

The man wanted in connection to two separate shootings in Colorado was tracked down and arrested in Phoenix, Arizona. FBI agents apprehended the man, Richard Allon Spanks, Wednesday without incident.

Spanks, 25, escaped police in Colorado back in December as 24-year-old Haywood Miller Jr. for gunning down four people. Miller and Spanks were originally linked to a a separate double shooting with Miller now behind bars.


In the weeks leading up to the arrest, the Colorado Springs Police Department’s Homicide Unit asked for help from the FBI after learning that Spanks may have fled the state.

Spanks is wanted for first degree murder.

KKTV noted that “Arrest papers for Miller say the first shooting may have started over a marijuana deal. Marcus Williams, 21, and a second man were both shot in a home on the 2000 block of Carmel Drive. Williams died, while the other man remains in critical condition. The surviving victim’s son saw the whole thing, according to the affidavit…33-year-old Jacquline Cline and 23-year-old Victoria Loftis were found dead inside a home on Mosswood Lane, less than a mile from Saturday’s shooting.”

One document notes that “Williams was playing video games with friends when two men came to the apartment at 2010 Carmel Drive to buy marijuana from Eric Stone, his friend’s dad” and that “After arguing over the price of the marijuana, one of the men pulled out a gun and shot Stone in the head, his son told police. The gunman then fatally shot Williams, records said.”

Spanks was convicted in 2011 of felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon, court records show. In 2012, he pleaded guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia. In 2014, he was convicted of possessing a weapon as a previous offender in two separate cases and, in another case, trespassing.

Miller was convicted in 2010 of violating a protection order, court records show. In 2013, he was convicted of theft of $1,000-$20,000. In 2014, he pleaded guilty to criminal mischief and, in a separate case, obstructing a peace officer.

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- Catherine "Kaye" Wonderhouse, a proud descendant of the Wunderhaus family is the Colorado Correspondent who will add more coverage, interviews and reports from this midwest area.

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