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Suspect in hostage case pleads not guilty by reason of insanity

Posted - Feb. 4, 2010 at 10:43 a.m.



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ALPINE -- A man accused of holding a family hostage in their Alpine home last September has pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity.

Tyler Archuleta is charged with aggravated burglary, aggravated robbery and two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

Prosecutors say on Sept. 22 he posed as a census worker and forced his way into the home of Alan Alexander, carrying a handgun. He held the family hostage for 20 minutes while demanding $100 million.

Prosecutors say Archuleta targeted Alexander after losing a contract with Alexander's trucking company.

He was taken into custody after Alexander's 15-year-old daughter called police and let them listen to the situation unfold.

Archuleta will now undergo a mental health evaluation.

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