19 counts face suspect in burglary, robbery, chase and biting case through Aurora

AURORA, Colo. - The suspected crook from Kansas accused of biting an Aurora police officer during a foot chase last week now faces 19 counts in Arapahoe County Court.

Adam Nicklaus Lacer, a 21-year-old from Emporia, Kansas, allegedly committed burglaries and robberies in several Aurora neighborhoods, according to District Attorney's Spokeswoman Michelle Yi.

The alleged burglaries and robberies occurred during a four hour period early on the morning of July 1. That day, police told 7NEWS they believed three or more incidents involved the same suspect. At the time, police said the first in the series occurred at about 4:55 a.m., when officers were called to the Walmart at 14000 E. Exposition Ave., on a report of a robbery.  The robbery victim told police he was sleeping in his car when the suspect assaulted him and stole his car keys.

At about 6:35 a.m., officers were called to the 14300 block of E. Kentucky Place on a report of a burglary.  The homeowner told officers he woke up and discovered several items were missing from inside his residence, including his car keys.  He also told officers his minivan was gone.

At about 8:15 a.m., officers located the stolen minivan and the suspect parked in the area of 20400 E. Saratoga Place in unincorporated Arapahoe County.  Officers attempted to arrest the suspect, but he tried to flee on foot and started to fight with the officers.  During the struggle, the suspect bit one officer and a Taser was used.  The Taser was ineffective and the suspect ran away, according to police. Officers set up a perimeter and the suspect was spotted and chased several more times. 

The suspect was finally caught and taken into custody at about 8:55 a.m.

The officer who was bit was treated at a medical facility for his injury.  The suspect, later identified as Lacer, was also taken to a hospital for treatment of his own injuries.

Yi announced the following charges were filed against Lacer during a hearing in Arapahoe County Court:

  • Four counts of Second Degree Burglary of a Dwelling
  • Four counts of Second Degree Assault on a Peace Officer
  • One count of Robbery
  • One count of Motor Vehicle Theft
  • Two counts of First Degree Trespass
  • One count of Theft
  • Four counts of Third Degree Assault on a First responder
  • One count of Resisting Arrest
  • One count of Obstructing a Peace Officer

Lacer is scheduled to return to court on August 12 and he is being held on $50,000 bond.

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