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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. - The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says bond has been set at $1 million cash for the man accused of a carjacking and crime spree watched by thousands on TV and the internet.
Christopher David Sullivan made his first court appearance Thursday, where he was advised of his rights and bond was set. The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office said no charges have been filed yet against Sullivan.
The bizarre crime spree started around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, when deputies said they pulled over Sullivan and a woman in a Ford Crown Victoria.
While a deputy was running the driver's information, the pair suddenly drove off.
About thirty minutes later the couple, armed with a rifle and handgun, carjacked a blue Subaru near the Lookout Mountain Park which they later crashed.
Authorities said they then stole a white Ford Pickup truck in the 26000 block of Centennial Trail.
"They just jumped in the truck and took off. My employee was chasing him in another truck and he told him what are you doing with my effing truck, next thing you know the guy pulled out a machine gun and started shooting at him so he dove in the bushes," Bush Sutter told 7NEWS.
The couple crashed the pickup less than a mile away.
AIRTRACKER7 arrived over the scene and video from our chopper showed a man that deputies now identify as Sullivan armed with a rifle and a handgun. He was walking nonchalantly through the woods, dressed in dark jeans, a black tank top and dark baseball cap when he was first spotted by the helicopter. A blonde-haired woman could be seen walking behind the man. She was dressed in black and appeared to be carrying a black backpack. She became separated from Sullivan and was taken into custody without incident at 4:15 p.m. by a sheriff's deputy along U.S. Highway 40 near Mount Vernon Road. Her identity has not yet been released. Deputies said she is a juvenile.
Sullivan is then accused of walking into a highway maintenance facility at Highway 40 and Rockland Road and entering the cabs of two dump trucks, before walking away and onto Rockland Road.
At 4:17 p.m., the suspect could be seen entering a nearby home and then driving a stolen car out of a closed garage, smashing through the garage door. Sullivan allegedly drove to the end of a dead-end road next to Interstate 70 and then tried to stop vehicles on the interstate by waving his rifle at drivers. Several vehicle slowed. That's when a Jefferson County motorcycle deputy engaged him, pointing his service revolver at the gunman who continued to try and stop passing cars.
The suspect laid down his rifle but refused to surrender, running down the interstate -- away from the pursuing deputy. Sullivan was finally grabbed and captured by the motorcycle deputy and thrown to the pavement. Stunned motorists walked up and helped subdue the suspect before other deputies arrived to secure the scene.
The motorcycle officer who took down the suspect was later identified as Deputy Fred Haggett, a veteran of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
At a news conference on Thursday, Haggett said he was grateful to the citizens who helped.
"I ended up being the guy on the spot," Haggett said. "It's training and reaction. It was fortuitous it was me. So many agencies were there. Anyone of those other officers would have done the same."
CALL7 Investigator Theresa Marchetta looked into Sullivan's background and found he has a lengthy criminal record starting in 1999 that includes arrests for theft, drugs and assault.
Investigators are asking anyone who believes they may have been a victim, a witness, or know of potential evidence regarding this crime spree and have not already spoken with the Sheriff's Office, to please call the tip line at 303-271-0211.