Aurora police end search for armed man that prompted lockdown of Children's Hospital

AURORA, Colo. - Aurora police end their search for an armed man that caused a lockdown of Children’s Hospital early Saturday morning.

Around 6:30 a.m., a man armed with a shotgun unsuccessfully tried to rob what appeared to be a guest at the Comfort Inn hotel at 16921 E. 32nd Ave, according to Aurora police spokesman Chris Amsler.

The guest didn’t have any money and the suspect left the hotel and police were not able to find him, Amsler said.

About 50 minutes later, at 7:22 a.m., police received another call. This time it was from the Springhill Suites, telling officers that they saw a man in the stairwell with a shotgun. The description matched from the earlier robbery attempt from the Comfort Inn hotel.

The Springhill Suites, located at 13400 East Colfax Avenue, is across the street from the Anschutz Medical Campus.  Reverse 911 calls were sent warn guests to stay in their rooms. Those who weren’t in the room were gathered in the lobby and guarded by police, while officers searched the hotel for the suspect, Amsler said.

During the search, Children’s Hospital was placed in a lockout.

“Every entrance was guarded by security and anyone coming into the building was screened,” said Children’s Hospital spokeswoman Elizabeth Whitehead.

The search for the suspect ended at 8:40 a.m. without finding him

The suspect is described as white male, 5’10”, 150 pounds with salt and pepper hair. He has a gotee or a beard and is wearing a gray shirt or black hoodie with blue jeans.

If anyone sees someone matching the description or has information about the case should call Aurora police or 911.

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