LONGMONT, Colo. - The man suspected of stealing a running SUV with a boy inside and leading police on a wild high-speed pursuit Wednesday has a criminal history, police said.
Ryan Stone, 28, was identified as the suspect by Longmont Police Department spokesman Jeff Satur, during a live interview on 7NEWS' extended coverage of the incident.
"He does have a warrant for his arrest and he is facing numerous charges out of Longmont for our incident and all the incidents along the way," Satur said.
Stone's warrant was issued to the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office for the charge of dangerous drugs/failure to appear, Satur told 7NEWS.
"He was definitely running like a person who did not want to go back to jail," Satur said.
LINK: PHOTOS OF THE CHASE
Stone allegedly jumped into a red SUV and stole it outside a Longmont business around 6 a.m. Wednesday just a second after the boy's mother went inside. The 4-year-old stayed inside that vehicle and went along on the ride while the suspect drove that vehicle during the first part of the chase.
"She had a very rough day, the worst day that could ever happen to a mother," Satur said.
The boy was recovered safely, still in his pajamas, after the suspect abandoned that first vehicle. He has since been reunited with his parents.
Stone allegedly carjacked two other vehicles before eventually abandoning the third car and trying to flee on foot. He was eventually cornered and arrested by Douglas County deputies at 8:08 a.m.
After several crashes during the course of the chase, Stone is currently being evaluated at Sky Ridge Hospital.
Satur told 7NEWS his department believed they had identified Stone early during the chase and kidnapping because he was also a suspect in connection with a stolen car on Tuesday night. Stone's girlfriend was arrested in that case.
"We believed we identified him pretty early on but we weren't terribly sure until they got cuffs on him down in Douglas County," Satur said.
An arrest report for Julie Pawlak, provided by Longmont Police, indicates she was arrested as officers responded to a reported burglary at 948 Spencer St. and found a stolen pickup parked in the area. While processing the scene, Pawlak, who used the alias Kristen Kenworthy, was found and arrested by the officers.
She was arrested for supplying false information and being in possession of the stolen truck.
The arresting officer wrote, "During my contact with Julie she admitted to being a passenger in the stolen vehicle and stated she was with a male named 'Ryan.'"
Inside Pawlak's backpack, the officer wrote that he found suspected marijuana, marijuana pipes, methamphetamine pipes and empty syringes.
Colorado Bureau of Investigation records show the Stone was convicted of assault and menacing in 2005. Also in 2005, he was guilty of felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon.
The next year, Stone was found guilty of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, several drug charges and property crimes.
Other drug charges and a motor vehicle theft conviction occurred in 2007. He was also found guilty of criminal mischief that year.
In 2012, he was found guilty of driving under the influence.
On February 6, 2014, he was arrested by Centennial police for allegedly possessing dangerous drugs with the intent to distribute. Six days later, he was arrested by Aurora police for possessing opiates and amphetamines.
Prior to Wednesday, Stone's most recent arrest was on March 3, for failure to comply with Arapahoe County.