Police Hunt Soldier Allegedly Hunting Ex-Fiancée


Police are looking for a former Army Ranger stationed in Washington state who said he wants to kill his ex-fiancee, her boyfriend and himself in Colorado Springs.

The suspect, Sgt. Joshua Johnston Daner, arrived in Denver around midnight, police said. He was last seen at a Budget Rent-A-Car, where he took a taxi to an unknown location. It's not clear where that rental-car agency is or where Daner is.

Daner owns three registered handguns, police say. His ex-fiancee told police Daner has violent tendencies.

About 11:30 p.m. Sunday, police were dispatched to 2580 Raywood View. There, police learned the ex-fiancee sent a text message to Daner saying she didn't want to get married and that the relationship was over.

After getting the message, Daner, stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington, told his supervisors he was coming to the Springs to kill his ex-fiancee, her boyfriend and himself, police say.

An infantryman from San Diego, Daner has served eight four- or five-month tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan, said Mark Edwards, an Army Human Resources spokesman. He most recently returned in February 2011 from a five-month tour in Afghanistan, Edwards said.

Daner entered the Army in 2003, completed ranger training in July 2006 and has been stationed at Fort Lewis since around that time, Edwards said.

Daner asked to be released from the rangers "sometime ago," said Lt. Col Tom Bryant a spokesman for Army Special Operations Command.

Daner has received numerous military commendations, including the Afghanistan Campaign Medal with one campaign star, as well as the Iraq Campaign Medal with one campaign star, Edwards said.

Army Rangers are a group of highly-trained troops who specialize in airborne operations, along with raiding facilities and enemy compounds, according to the Army. The 2nd Battalion of the 75th Ranger Regiment is stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

Daner's service record -- including his current unit -- was not immediately available Monday. A Lewis-McChord spokesman said he didn't immediately have information on Daner's disciplinary history.

Daner is described as a white male about 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighing around 155 pounds. Police say he has a shaved head. Daner, who police say is also known as "Little Monster," might have an injured right hand from punching something after receiving the text message, police say.

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