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Denver woman arrested in Adams County carjacking

Posted at 11:37 AM, Jun 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-26 13:37:08-04

ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A Denver woman was arrested after a carjacking in Adams County on Thursday, authorities said.

Sierra Santoya, 25, faces charges of aggravated robbery, second-degree assault and aggravated motor vehicle theft, according to the Adams County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies responded about 11:45 a.m. to a Circle K store in the 3500 block of West 92nd Avenue, where they found Santoya in a stolen minivan and the owner of the minivan hanging out the window.

Authorities said that deputies learned Santoya knew the owner of the minivan and was trying to get a ride to another location. Earlier, Santoya had tried to steal another vehicle at knifepoint and cut the vehicle's owner, according to the sheriff's office.

When she tried to steal the minivan, the van's owner tried to stop her, and that's when deputies arrived.

After deputies removed the minivan owner to safety, Santoya barricaded herself in the van and "was taunting deputies to use lethal force," the sheriff's office said.

She then exited the van and put her hands on a replica handgun in her waistband, authorities said. Deputies then fired less-lethal bean bags at Santoya and took her into custody.