Some suspects in stolen vehicle shootings identified; 2 others sought by police

Posted at 3:45 PM, Sep 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-24 17:52:49-04

ERIE, Colo. -- Two of the three suspects arrested Thursday after reportedly firing shots from a stolen vehicle in Boulder County were identified by authorities Saturday. Two others remain at-large.

Matthew Leon and Manuel Rodela, along with a juvenile female who was not identified by Erie police, were arrested Thursday night in Lafayette.

Police gave no other details about the suspects' identities but said earlier in the week that they had arrested "one juvenile, one adult and another whose age was unknown."

The troop led law enforcement on several county-wide pursuits before officers were eventually able to use stop sticks to halt their shooting spree. A Taser was used to bring in at least one of them.

Two police cars were damaged while taking the three into custody, but no officers were injured. 

-- How the shootings unfolded -- 

The suspects reportedly stole a 2009 blue Toyota Corolla and sped away onto major roads, including Highway 287 as they drove from Denver to Longmont, firing shots at other moving vehicles.

Once in Longmont, the suspects split up at a Walmart parking lot, where two of them stole a van before taking off again, according to Boulder County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Heidi Prentup.

“I just heard a really loud noise and the window just cracked, or whatever you want to say,” said cab driver Richard Key. Key was driving a passenger in Longmont when his vehicle’s driver side window was struck, likely by a BB gun.

“The passenger goes, ‘Somebody just shot out your window,’ and he goes, ‘Look, there’s the hole,’” said Key.

Police said the suspects had weapons in the vehicle and potentially used BB guns to shoot out the windows of victims' vehicles. 

Anybody with information on the two remaining suspects is asked to call their local police department. 


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