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Posted on: November 2, 2016

Police update residents during neighborhood meeting, here’s a summary

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As Castle Rock Police continue to investigate suspicious chemicals found in a Castle Rock home, it’s important to keep the community informed.

That’s why Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley hosted a neighborhood meeting Tuesday night. During that meeting, he along Castle Rock Fire Chief Art Morales, and representatives from the 18th Judicial District and Douglas County Bomb Squad gave a summary of the investigation and answered resident questions.

“The most important thing to know is that this area is safe,” Cauley said. “I commend our officers for being prudent and highly observant as they visited this home on an unrelated matter. It’s my sincere belief they saved lives Monday morning.”

The integrity of the investigation and the legal process are of utmost importance. Because the investigation is ongoing, and charges have not yet been filed, limited information can be shared. Here is what Castle Rock Police can share:

• Police around 2:30 a.m. Monday morning arrested two juveniles in Downtown Castle Rock. Because they are minors, reasons for the arrest are not public. The two high-school-aged boys are still in police custody awaiting charges.

• One of those arrests led police to a home on the 400 block of Prestwick Way in Plum Creek. The law requires police to notify parents when a juvenile is arrested. Police had tried to call the parents upon the early morning arrest, but ultimately had to visit the home to talk with parents. While there, they noticed suspicious chemicals throughout the house. The exact locations and types of chemicals cannot be released at this time because of the ongoing investigation. No charges have been filed, and the judicial system presumes innocence. Both families are cooperating with law enforcement.

• Police called in Castle Rock Fire and Rescue and, ultimately, the Douglas County Bomb Squad, FBI, and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to assist in the inspection of the home. Ultimately, explosive materials were safely detonated outside the home in a buffer between the home and the golf course Monday night.

• The home is safe. The chemicals found inside the home can be purchased legally. It’s when they’re put together that they can become harmful. Some chemicals remain inside the home, so Castle Rock Fire and Rescue has condemned the home until those chemicals can be safely removed by a remediation company, which the homeowners have hired.

The community update was broadcast live on the Town’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/CRgov. Stay tuned to CRgov.com and the Town’s Facebook page, for updates.

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