Pagosan jailed for attempted murder


Staff Writer

A Pagosa Springs man was arrested on three charges last week, including attempted murder — the second man in two weeks to be arrested in Archuleta County on the charge of attempted murder.

Shortly after 3 p.m. on July 10, Cpl. Jake White was dispatched to an assault call on Crockett Circle, in the Alpha subdivision, according to Det. Brandon Bishop of the Archuleta County Sheriff’s Office.

Upon arrival, the victim, James Angelo, 79, reported that he had been strangled by his son. Angelo was transported to Pagosa Springs Medical Center and later to Mercy Regional Medical Center, where he was in critical condition for a time, Bishop said.

Bishop noted Angelo is recovering.

The man’s son, Michael Angelo, 30, was arrested and placed on a 72-hour mental health hold. Michael Angelo refused to talk to deputies after he was read his Miranda rights.

Michael Angelo was arrested on charges of criminal attempt first-degree murder, willful, weapon; first-degree assault, aggravated with a weapon; and crimes against at-risk adult/juvenile, first-degree assault.

Michael Angelo is being held at the Archuleta County Detention Center on $100,000 bond.