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September 23, 2016

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Three arrested after a day of shooting out windows and eluding authorities


Boulder County, Colo. - Three people were arrested after a crime spree across Longmont, Erie, Lafayette, and Boulder County, which included shooitng out windows in moving and parked vehicles, stealing a mini van and leading law enforcement on several pursuits. The pursuits earlier in the day were stopped because of dangerous driving by the suspect and the volume of other drivers on the road.

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016, a citizen contacted Boulder County Communications after seeing the stolen Town and Country mini van from today's crime spree. The citizen told dispatchers the vehicle turned into the Walmart at Hwy 287 and Diamond Circle in Lafayette. Officers from the Lafayette Police Department responded to the parking lot and found the vehicle parked and unoccupied. They placed "stop sticks", which are designed to deflate the vehicle's tires when the vehicle drives over them, under the tires of the parked vehicle and waited for the driver to return.

The driver and two passengers returned to the car, got in drove out of the parking lot. The "stop sticks" flattened the vehicles tires and the driver rammed and disabled one Lafayette police vehicle. Others attempted to stop the suspect vehicle, which continued to ram one of the police cars. The suspect hit one police vehicle 5 times during the one mile pursuit before the officer was able to push the suspect vehicle into the curb. The three occupants ran from the car.

All three were contacted and taken into custody. A Taser was deployed on one of the suspects when he failed to comply with directions from the officers. No officers were injured. The three people arrested include one adult male, a juvenile female and a third male whose age has not been determined.