DENVER (CBS4) – Police in Denver have arrested three people they believe are among those responsible for a series of crimes in the Denver metro area that have taken place this year. Several other suspects remain on the loose after a morning of frantic police activity.
Sometime after 6 a.m. Tuesday an armed carjacking was reported in the area of West Alaska Place in Southwest Denver near Federal Boulevard.
Officers got information that a gold Honda Accord with front-end damage was involved. After locating the car, police engaged in a short pursuit but backed off at some point and the car got away.
Police then set up perimeter at West 1st Avenue and Knox Court in an attempt to locate the car and the suspects. They then spotted another car connected to the carjacking and wound up stopping it after another short chase at South Raritan Street and West Alameda Avenue.
“I ran and hid behind some cars because guns are coming out,” witness Burnadette Trujillo said.
Police arrested three suspects there in what police said was a stolen car. Two are believed to be juveniles, and it’s not clear if they were armed at the time of the arrest.
Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said police are still looking for two or three more suspects, plus the gold Honda Accord, which has the license plate 412-YDT.
Jackson said the suspects have all committed crimes at convenience stores and other businesses in recent weeks and have also robbed people on the streets. The suspect face charges from robbery to attempted murder.
“We believe these individuals have been involved in a series of robberies in the metro area over the last six weeks. They are wanted for carjacking, robbery, burglary as well as attempted murder,” Jackson said.
Jackson said several jurisdictions have been working on the case.
“They are individuals that have been preying on the community pretty heavily.”
So far none of the names of the suspects have been released.