One suspect is in custody after three attempted carjackings occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning in northwestern Arvada. The carjackings began at 2:50 a.m. on April 24 and continued until …
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One suspect is in custody after three attempted carjackings occurred in the early hours of Saturday morning in northwestern Arvada. The carjackings began at 2:50 a.m. on April 24 and continued until shortly after 7 a.m., when Arvada Police officers apprehended one of the two suspects.
No major injuries occurred during the spree, but one victim was left with non-life-threatening injuries after being hit with the suspect’s car in the third attempted carjacking. The Arvada Police believe that two people are behind the carjackings, but only found one suspect in the car stopped shortly after the final incident, according to APD Public Relations Officer Dave Snelling.
The first attempted carjacking occurred at 2:50 a.m. on the 7300 block of West 73rd Avenue, where two suspects in a stolen brown Kia Soul attempted to break into a truck. The suspects fired a gun and left the area. No injuries were reported, and APD responded to the gunshot shortly thereafter.
At 6:42 a.m., the brown Kia Soul was reported as being driven by the suspects in a vehicle theft on the 7500 block of Pierce Street, where a Hyundai Elantra was stolen.
At 7:05 a.m., the suspects — now in the brown Kia Soul and the newly-stolen Hyundai Elantra — attempted to break into a third vehicle in the 8100 block of Kline Street. The vehicle owner confronted the suspects and was hit by one of the suspect’s cars, sustaining non-life-threatening injuries. Snelling said the victim was not in the hospital as of Saturday morning.
Shortly after the third attempted carjacking, the suspects abandoned the Kia Soul. APD officers located the Hyundai Elantra in the 7400 block of West 84th Way and pursued, performing a PIT maneuver near Sheridan Boulevard and I-70. One suspect fled on foot and was apprehended by APD officers.
He was later identified as 28 year old Nicholas Robert Trujillo, and arrested on 12 charges which include possession of a controlled substance, two counts of aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, menacing and attempted vehicular assault.
The Arvada Police Department says it is still seeking the second suspect.
“They left behind a lot of evidence,” said Snelling. “We’ll be processing the vehicles and the scene and completing our investigation. (Carjacking is an) ongoing problem that we’ve dedicated a lot of resources to.”
Snelling added that the violent nature of the suspect’s conduct in the carjackings elevates the danger of the crimes to the community.
“We know on the surface that it’s described as a property crime,” said Snelling, “but when suspects carry a gun, run over victims with vehicles, this makes it an inherently dangerous crime. And that the community can do the usual things like lock their cars, don’t leave any valuables in their cars, don’t leave cars unattended, be good neighbors.”
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