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An Adams County man accused of extorting a Boulder County couple for stolen items is in custody at an ICE detention facility after picking up federal charges.

David Nunez-Hernandez, 30, is charged with two counts of extortion, aggravated motor vehicle theft and five weapons charges, according to court records.

Nunez-Hernandez was scheduled for an arraignment in Boulder District Court on Friday, but defense attorney Sam Dunn said Nunez-Hernandez could not attend because he had been taken into ICE custody.

Dunn said Nunez-Hernandez was recently given a prison sentence on an Adams County case. After being transferred to the Department of Corrections, Dunn said Nunez-Hernandez was indicted on federal charges and picked up by ICE.

Federal court records indicate the indictment was on weapons charges, and that Nunez-Hernandez has hearings set in late July.

“He is going to be at ICE for the foreseeable future,” Dunn said.

Boulder District Judge Bruce Langer set a tentative rescheduled arraignment on July 20, but acknowledged that hearing might need to be changed depending on Nunez-Hernandez’s status in federal custody.

According to an affidavit, a couple living on East County Line Road in unincorporated Boulder County called the sheriff’s office after someone broke into their home on July 29 and stole jewelry, a handgun, electronics and a notebook.

Two days later, the couple received an email from an Angel Hernandez, identified by police as one of Nunez-Hernandez’s aliases, saying “Look man today som (sic) people came by my house selling some gold laptops in (sic) I looked u up in [u came up I got a slot (sic) of personal stuff from you I’ma give you 2 minutes to call this number.”

A second message then came in written in Spanish, which detectives translated to mean, roughly, “I have all of your items … I bought them at work … it is important that you call me.”

The couple then received messages containing photos of the stolen items.

Nunez-Hernandez asked for $100,000, but the couple eventually negotiated to buy some of the items back for $10,000.

Under police observation, the husband placed a satchel of money in a Denver dumpster, where they found a bag containing some of the stolen items.

Detectives watching surveillance footage saw a man drive up in a van later to go to the dumpster and pick up the money, according to the affidavit.

The couple then received another message from Nunez-Hernandez, demanding more money for some of the items he had not yet returned. Police took over the negotiations posing as the husband, and arranged a $17,000 drop off at a location in Denver.

This time, police went to the meeting site and observed two men, including Nunez-Hernandez, and the same vehicle that had picked up the money during the previous incident, according to the affidavit.

When police tried to stop them, the two men fled. Detectives chasing Nunez-Hernandez saw him throw a gun away before eventually catching him and placing him under arrest at gunpoint.

Police found $10,000 on Nunez-Hernandez, who admitted to the exchange with the couple and said the vehicle he was driving was stolen. In addition to the gun Nunez-Hernandez tossed, police found two other guns inside his vehicle.

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