Northern Colorado law enforcement works hard day and night to keep our cities and towns safe. Whether they're assisting citizens or fighting crime, their jobs are anything but easy.

One of their challenges is tracking down suspects on the Most Wanted list. The Larimer County Sheriff's Office continually updates their Most Wanted list, giving citizens the chance to provide any information, such as the whereabouts or other details, regarding any of the alleged criminals.

This week, Larimer County's most wanted is David Michael Mercado.

Mercado is wanted by the Larimer County Sheriff's Office on a felony warrant for Unauthorized Absence. He has no bond.

An unauthorized absence occurs when someone removes or tampers with their electronic monitoring device in order to avoid arrest or surveillance. In Colorado, unauthorized absence replaced the previous crime of felony escape.

Mercado is five-feet-ten and 180 pounds. He has black hair with brown eyes and several recognizable facial and neck tattoos. The suspect has been known to go by the aliases of Baby Thug and Thug Nasty.

His last known address is 113 Hillcrest Drive #27-34 in Fort Collins.


If you have any information concerning this person, please contact the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985. Never attempt to follow or contact any fugitive. Instead, immediately dial 911 or contact your local law enforcement agency. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in the court of law.

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