Suspect tried to steal two police cars while running from arrest, cops say
Suspect accused of crashing his own truck twice
Last Updated: 66 days ago
GREENWOOD VILLAGE, Colo. - After exiting a pickup truck involved in two crashes, police say the driver was caught trying to steal another car and then two police vehicles as officers tried to arrest him.
The Greenwood Village Police Department reports that a 1997 Dodge Ram crashed into a fence at 5990 S. Race St. around 11:19 a.m. Wednesday. It crashed again at the intersection of Orchard Road and Oak Creek Lane.
Witnesses reported the driver was a white man who ran from the truck after the second crash. He was later identified by police as Ronald James Mollick, 46, of Lakewood.
At 11:30 a.m., a woman called 911 to report an intruder inside her garage in the 5800 block of Gilpin Ct.
"My wife was in the house, came out the door into the garage, didn't realize there was anybody there, saw him in the car and he started screaming, 'Get me the keys to this car. Get me the keys to this car,'" said homeowner Ron Horn. "He tore the whole dash out of the car trying to hot wire it. He was in the garage, ripped open all our garage cabinets (and) dumped everything out of them."
Horn believes Mollick got to his home by running down the Highline Canal and through the muddy water. He told 7NEWS that his patio door to his garage is normally locked, but it was unlocked because he and his wife were doing yard work to prepare for the change in weather that they saw forecasted by the 24/7 Weather team.
"He ended up coming into our yard, coming into the back garage door which was open because we had just cleaned the patio today for the winter, based on Mr. (Mike) Nelson's weather report," said Horn.
Horn's wife closed and locked the door, then called police.
"They were actually up here at the corner still investigating the other accident, so they were here within about one minute," said Horn.
"As the officers attempted to take the suspect in to custody, the suspect fled on foot and tried to steal two marked police vehicles," Greenwood Village Police wrote in a statement. "The suspect refused to comply with Officers commands, at which time an Officer successfully deployed his Taser, and placed the suspect under arrest."
Police clarified that Mollick was the registered owner of the 1997 Dodge Ram pickup involved in the two crashes.
Mollick has a 12-page criminal history in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation database. It includes charges stemming from thefts, DUIs, fights and drugs.
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