Murder suspect arrested


CONEJOS COUNTY — A man wanted in connection with a homicide in Romeo was arrested last week in Indio, California.

Michael John Robinson was last seen during June 2016 in San Diego, California. His possible victim was also last seen at that time.

A Be On the Look Out (BOLO) bulletin was issued seeking Robinson and stating he was charged with first-degree murder with intent after deliberation, crime of violence and aggravated motor vehicle theft.

He is being held without bail in the Riverside County, California Jail on a fugitive warrant and has a court appearance scheduled there for 8:30 a.m. May 15.

According to 12th Judicial District Attorney Crista Newmyer-Olsen, Robinson is being held pending an extradition hearing and, as of press time, had not waived that action.

Conejos County Sheriff Howard Galvez Jr. believes Robinson may have information on a body that was found at the home of his grandfather, James Sprouse, in Romeo.

Sprouse, 77, has not been seen since the first week of June 2016. He was reported missing by his sister on June 6, 2016 and again on March 10 of this year, when the information was retracted after Galvez assured her an investigation was taking place.

Family members believe the body found in an apartment attached to an abandoned store belonged to Sprouse.

Robinson left the state of Colorado sometime between June 15 and June 17, 2016 in Sprouses’s red Ford Explorer, which was found abandoned in San Diego on June 17.

A gag order has been issued regarding information contained in an arrest affidavit which outlined charges against Robinson and why they were being brought.

Authorities have not confirmed that the body found April 18 at the former Romeo’s Little Market was Sprouse.

Sprouse and his wife once operated a store in the building and had been living in the back.

The market has not been open for some time. The coroner confirmed that human remains had been found at that location and they were taken to the El Paso County coroner’s office for an autopsy.

Additional information is being withheld due to the gag order.