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Lakewood man convinces armed robber to drop him off at work; suspect goes on six-hour crime spree

Posted: 3:54 PM, Dec 09, 2017
Updated: 2017-12-09 19:42:54-05

DENVER – A Lakewood man held at gunpoint convinced an alleged robber to drop him off at work before the suspect reportedly stole his car to continue a crime spree that lasted more than six hours.

At around 4 a.m. Saturday, a man heading to work in the area of Morrison Road and South Kipling Parkway was confronted by a man who pulled a gun on him and forced him into the victim’s red Nissan.

The victim reportedly told the carjacker, “Look, man, I just want to go to work. Drop me at work and you can keep my car,” according to Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Marc Techmeyer.

About 30 minutes later, the gunman dropped the victim at this job at a Conoco station, at which point the victim called 911 and reported the carjacking.

Five hours later, at around 9:03 a.m., the suspect robbed narcotics at gunpoint from a CVS pharmacy in Littleton. Two hours later, the suspect reportedly robbed the Bank of the West at 8184 South Kipling Parkway, also in Littleton, according to Techmeyer.

Less than 30 minutes later, at around 11:32 a.m., the alleged robber broke into an occupied home in the Ken Caryl area and tried to steal another car. Techmeyer told Denver7 the homeowner ran next door and called 911. 

The suspect reportedly then fled on foot. 

Jefferson County deputies and officers from the Lakewood Police Department, the Colorado State Patrol and a park ranger closed in on the suspect not long after.

“As we’re approaching him, he takes the stolen narcotics in his hands and tries to consume as many as he can before we lay hands on him,” Techmeyer said.

The suspect, who has not been identified, was taken to a hospital. His condition is not known at this time.

The alleged robber faces an array of potential charges including a kidnapping charge and at least three armed robbery charges, along with the armed home-invasion, Techmeyer said.

It’s unclear if the suspect has a defense attorney.