Earlier this month, 35-year-old David Vandewege called 911 to report he had come home from work to find his wife, Shanna Vandewege, and their 3-month-old son, Diederik, dead.
Police arrived and found both victims in their beds with their throats slits, and their deaths were ruled homicides. Vandewege was interviewed by detectives on two occasions, but had stopped communicating with investigators.
On Wednesday, police in Glenwood Springs were called by someone who told them Vandewege was headed to Las Vegas and trying to escape the authorities. Vandewege was stopped by a cop shortly after.
Vandewege told the officer that he was headed to Las Vegas. He said it had been a long week and that his wife and kid had been recently murdered. According to the police report, Vandewege showed no emotion when he relayed this information.
When the officer asked why he was not wearing a wedding band, Vandewege stated the ring was in his pocket “along with numerous condoms.”
The officer contacted Fort Worth police to verify Vandewege’s claims and learned he hadn’t been ruled out as a suspect in his wife and child’s murder, had fled the area, and had stopped talking to investigators.
The officer asked Vandewege to step out of his car, but he refused. After five minutes, Vandewege finally agreed to get out of his vehicle and was handcuffed. When asked if he had any knives on him, he replied, “No, I’m not a knife guy.”
But it turns out he is a gun guy. Police would find with two loaded handguns — one in a waistband holder and one in an ankle holster.
After his car was impounded, police would find some interesting items inside the vehicle, including numerous boxes of ammunition, empty gas cans, camouflage clothing, numerous bottles of medication, an AR-15-style rifle and a .22-caliber revolver.
Vandewege was taken to jail for speeding and failing to show proof of insurance. As he was bonding out, Fort Worth homicide detectives were able to obtain a capital murder warrant with a bail of $1 million.
“My understanding is he was in the process of bonding out and just about to leave,” said Glendale Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson.Tags: Colorado, Crime, David Vandewege, Murder, Stabbing, Texas