2 men wanted in crime spree, including using stun gun to rob teen during basketball game
Men wanted in string of gun crimes
Last Updated: 143 days ago
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Colorado Springs police say two men are wanted in a crime spree involving an attack on two teen brothers during a pick-up basketball game.
Police say the fugitives are considered armed and dangerous and they're suspects in other crimes where guns were used and stolen. In one incident, a gunman attempted to shoot a police officer, police say.
At about 5 p.m. on July 8, two brothers, ages 19 and 17, were playing basketball with three young men they did not know at Deerfield Hills Park.
Police said one of the unidentified men pulled a stun gun and shocked the older brother. He collapsed to the ground and the attacker punched him several times, then stole his wallet. The younger brother tried to stop the attack, but he was punched by a second man, who prevented him from running for help, police said.
The three robbery suspects -- all young black men -- took off in a white Jeep sport utility vehicle.
That evening, the two brothers drove around looking for the Jeep until they found it, police said. The brothers gave the vehicle information to detectives who entered the Jeep's license plate number with an "Attempt to Locate" request in the police department computer database. Police learned the Jeep was registered to 19-year-old Boquan Finley, 19. But they couldn't find him, because he had no permanent address.
Then, at 2 p.m. on July 11, three young black men robbed a man at gunpoint during a home invasion in the Peregrine neighborhood in northwest Colorado Springs, police said. The victim had trouble giving detailed descriptions of the robbers, because their faces were partially covered. Police said they didn't initially connect the armed robbery to the stun-gun attack, because the crimes were dramatically different.
Then at 12:30 a.m. on July 15, a patrol officer attempted a traffic stop on a white Jeep vehicle, near Palmer Park and Academy Boulevards.
The Jeep turned out to be suspect vehicle from the basketball court attack. The driver sped, driving wildly in an effort to lose the patrol car, police said. The Jeep crashed near Portal Drive and Academy Boulevard and three men jumped out and ran from officers.
One officer was running after two of the men when he heard gunshots. The officer couldn't tell where the shots were coming from or where they struck. But police said it appeared the third suspect was firing a gun.
Police used a K-9 to track down one suspect, Boquan Finley, on nearby a rooftop. They arrested Finley and found a handgun on him that had been stolen during the home-invasion robbery in the Peregrine neighborhood four days earlier.
The other two suspects escaped. Police found 11 bullet casings in front of a book store, just south of where the officer was standing when he heard gunshots. Robbery detectives returned to the area in the daylight and found that several of the bullets struck a concrete block retaining wall between where the casings were recovered and where the officer was when he chased two of the men. Police say this evidence indicates the third suspect attempted to fire at the officer.
Meanwhile, police recovered two more handguns from the abandoned Jeep. One of the guns was also stolen during the home-invasion robbery. The other was taken during the burglary of a storage unit on Motor City Drive in late June.
Robbery investigators kept working the case and identified the two suspects who escaped after the Jeep pursuit and crash as 20-year-old Brandon Windell Moss and 19-year-old Antonio "Tony" Washington.
The two brothers from the stun-gun attack and robbery said Moss and Washington were involved in that crime.
Police soon executed a search warrant at a house at 923 Baltic St. The suspects were not there, but in the house police recovered another gun stolen from the storage unit burglary.
Police have obtained arrest warrants for Moss and Washington who are accused of aggravated robbery, with bond set at $250,000.
Antonio Washington is a black man who is 5-feet-9 and 140 pounds. He had black shoulder-length dreadlocks and brown eyes.
Brandon Moss is a mixed-race man who is 5-feet-10 and 130 pounds. He has brown hair and brown eyes.
Police urge anyone who sees Moss and Washington or knows where they can be found to call 911.
The investigation is continuing and police say they expect the filing of additional charges of attempted first-degree murder of a police officer.
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