Glen­wood Springs cops ar­rest man in Texas case

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Jesse Paul Craig Van­dewege Jesse Paul: 303-954-1733, jpaul@den­ver­ or @JesseAPaul

A Front Range man ac­cused of killing his wife and in­fant in Texas this month was ar­rested in the case Thurs­day about five min­utes be­fore he was about to be re­leased from cus­tody in Glen­wood Springs for charges in an un­re­lated traf­fic stop.

Craig Van­dewege, 35, had been jailed in the Western Slope town for about 16 hours on sus­pi­cion of speeding and driv­ing with­out in­surance when fam­ily mem­bers came to pay his $1,100 bail, Glen­wood Springs po­lice Chief Terry Wilson said.

With min­utes left be­fore Van­dewege was to be freed, a $1 mil­lion bail war­rant for cap­i­tal mur­der with mul­ti­ple vic­tims out of Fort Worth, Texas, was is­sued and Van­dewege in­stead re­mained in cus­tody.

“He was prob­a­bly about five min­utes away from walk­ing out the door,” Wilson re­counted Fri­day.

Van­dewege is sus­pected in the Dec. 15 deaths of his 36-year-old wife, Shanna, and their son, Died­er­ick. Fort Worth po­lice say the pair were found in the master bed­room of a house and both had knife wounds to their necks. They were pro­nounced dead at the scene.

When po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rived that day, Van­dewege was out­side of the home crouched on a front walk­way with his face in his hands, ac­cord­ing to in­ves­ti­ga­tors.

Glen­wood Springs po­lice en­coun­tered Van­dewege through a bizarre se­ries of events on Wed­nes­day night that be­gan af­ter he al­legedly told some­one at a 7-Eleven store in town that he had to “call a few peo­ple to talk about a mur­der” and that he was run­ning from au­thor­i­ties, ac­cord­ing to po­lice re­ports.

The per­son at the 7-Eleven called Glen­wood Springs po­lice to warn them about the sus­pi­cious man, the re­ports say, at which point sev­eral of­fi­cers were dis­patched to in­ves­ti­gate.

Van­dewege was pulled over by one of the re­spond­ing of­fi­cers on sus­pi­cion of speeding on Glen­wood Springs’ Grand Av­enue. The re­ports say Van­dewege told po­lice he didn’t re­al­ize he was speeding and that “it’s been a long week. My wife and kid were mur­dered in Texas.”

Po­lice say they ar­rested Van­dewege for driv­ing with­out in­surance, find­ing two loaded pis­tols on his per­son — one in his waist­band and the other in an an­kle hol­ster — as well as an AR-15 ri­fle and a case of 1,000 rounds for the gun in his ve­hi­cle. He told of­fi­cers he had a con­cealed carry per­mit out of Weld County.

Ac­cord­ing to the re­port, Van­dewege told the of­fi­cers he was plan­ning to go shoot­ing to blow off some steam.

“Van­dewege’s calm de­meanor was very sus­pi­cious for some­one whose fam­ily was re­cently mur­dered,” an of­fi­cer wrote in one of the re­ports.

Glen­wood Springs po­lice even­tu­ally were able to get in touch with Texas in­ves­ti­ga­tors who told them Van­dewege had not been ruled out as a sus­pect in his wife and son’s killings. “Ob­vi­ously, once we had talked to the Texas au­thor­i­ties and un­der­stood what was go­ing on there, we didn’t re­ally want him pop­ping out of jail,” Lewis said.

Ac­cord­ing to The As­so­ci­ated Press, au­thor­i­ties have not dis­closed how they al­legedly tied Van­dewege to the deaths.

Glen­wood Springs po­lice say they don’t know why Van­dewege came to their town.

An obit­u­ary for Shanna and Died­er­ick Van­dewege says a memo­rial ser­vice for the two is set for next week in the south­east­ern Colorado town of Walsh.

is ac­cused of killing his wife, son in Fort Worth.

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