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Pueblo Police looking for man with 16 felony charges, failures to appear after posting bond

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- Pueblo Police are actively looking 36-year-old Samuel Rivera, a man with 16 felony charges on his record from 2013 to 2022. Those felony charges include assault, felony menacing, burglary, robbery, and trespassing.

Samuel Rivera

Friday, Rivera was featured on Pueblo PD's Safe Streets Criminal Round Up list wanted on an aggravated motor vehicle theft felony allegedly committed on February 28. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance and multiple possession of a weapon by a previous offender violations. Rivera posted a $10,000 surety bond on March 2.

In the arrest affidavit obtained by 13 Investigates, arresting officers located 8.5 grams of fentanyl on him. They were located in a sandwich page with "M-30" (fentanyl) written on the front.

The affidavit states the officers did not feel comfortable counting or sorting any of the "blue in color pills" because they feared fentanyl exposure.

The Pueblo County Sheriff's Office said Rivera had the "intent to distribute" the drug, and was in violation of three separate restraining orders by possessing a firearm.

"We are looking for the same people. We are looking for them for the same charges," Pueblo Police Sergeant Franklyn Ortega said. "These are all pretty serious charges. They are drug charges, motor vehicle theft and other things and on top of it, this individual should not have a gun and he has a gun."

Arrest documents say Rivera was convicted on first-degree assault and domestic violence charges in Nebraska in 2006. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Then, in 2015, Rivera was convicted on drug felony and felony menacing charges. He was sentenced to four years in prison. Then, in 2016, Rivera was convicted on second-degree burglary charges and was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections.

Rivera has not appeared for his mandatory court appearances since he posted bond on March 2. If you have seen him, you are asked to contact Pueblo Police.

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Sean Rice

Sean is a reporter based out of Pueblo for KRDO. Learn more about him here.



  1. Not sure if I should laugh or cry at the incompetence of the judge that allowed that.

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