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Denver police arrest 3 linked to armed robberies; Searching for more suspects

DENVER — Denver police arrested three teenagers, and were looking for two more people, after a rush-hour chase in the southwest part of the city Tuesday morning.

Police spokesman Sonny Jackson said the three suspects, all juveniles, are believed to have been involved in a series of robberies over the past 5 to 6 weeks.

The arrested happened after a brief rush-hour chase that started with an attempted carjacking at W. 5th Avenue and Xavier Street.

A group of thieves stole a gold Honda Accord in the 3500 block of W. Alaska Place overnight and used it during the carjacking Tuesday around 7 a.m.

Police set up a perimeter at W. 1st Avenue and Knox Court to try and catch the group.

At one point the group of thieves split up, some of them getting into a black Kia Sorento, police said.

Officers stopped the Sorento using a pit maneuver and arrested three teens at Alameda Avenue and Raritan Street.

Bernadette Trujillo was on Raritan Street when the three were caught.

“I just parked my vehicle and went to open the passenger door to get stuff out, here comes a Kia flying around corner,” Trujillo said.

Trujillo said police rear-ended the stolen Sorrento causing it to T-bone her Mazda.  “I would have been in between the Kia and Mazda had I not been able to run out of there. Police did not take into consideration the safety of people in the streets,” she said.

Jackson said the three are wanted on charges including carjacking, robbery, burglary and attempted murder. The robberies were at convenience stores, business and people on the street, Jackson said.

The robberies were described in a Crime Alert issued last week.

Police found the Accord at W. 11th Avenue and Mariposa Street Tuesday afternoon. Two men who were driving it were never found.

Police have said they should be considered armed and dangerous.

“Obviously, they’re individuals that were dangerous and committed serious crimes in our community,” said Jackson.

Three Denver schools were placed on modified lockdown, but that was lifted around 9:45 a.m.