An armed federal fugitive with an extensive history of felony convictions was captured last week in Rock Springs. 41-year-old Jerry Romero, of Salt Lake, was wanted on a probation violation concerning him being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition. Officers tracked Romero to a home in Gateway Village in west Rock Springs, where they found him hiding in the back yard. Romero fled, jumping the fence. While being chased, officer say that Romero attempted to draw a handgun he was carrying, but appeared to have difficulty with his holster’s release mechanism. Pursuing officers were able to take Romero to the ground, where he violently resisted their efforts to handcuff him and continued to attempt to draw his gun. A taser was deployed and Romero was disarmed and taken into custody. After being put in hand cuffs, police located a little over 26 grams of methamphetamine in his possession. Romero was charged with Attempted Aggravated Assault, Attempted Use of a Firearm while Committing a Felony, Possession of a Deadly Weapon with Unlawful Intent, Wearing or Carrying a Concealed Weapon, and felony-grade Possession of a Controlled Substance, among other charges. A list of Romero’s previous offences is available below.
During the course of their hunt for Romero, detectives determined that Romero’s criminal convictions include the following:
- Tamper with Evidence – District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah – June 9, 1998 (Sentenced to 0-5 years.)
- Weapon Offense – United States District Court – October 27, 2005 (Sentenced to 24 months, plus three years supervised release.)
- Felon in Possession of a Firearm – United States District Court – January 29, 2013 (Sentenced to 38 months.)
- Receiving Stolen Vehicle – 3rd District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah – April 15, 2016
- Possession of Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute – 3rd District Court, Salt Lake City, Utah – April 15, 2016