CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Two days after a 2-hour chase that spanned close to 100 miles and included three carjackings and an Amber Alert, the suspect prosecutors say was behind the wheel appeared in court.
Ryan Stone, 28, was advised of the charges to be filed against him in a Douglas County court on Friday, one day after it was announced that the Douglas County District Attorney's office would lead the prosecution in the case. Charges are also expected to be filed against Stone by the Boulder County District Attorney's Office.
Though formal charges were not made public at Friday's hearing, it was revealed that Stone, who appeared in court shackled, wearing a red jumpsuit and slippers, is being held on $3.5 million bond.
Stone has an 11-page arrest record that dates back to 2003, which is likely one reason the high bail amount was set. Stone is due back in court on March 19 to hear the formal filing of charges against him.
Tuesday's incident began with an Amber Alert that was issued for 4-year-old Allen Chavarria-Rodriquez, who police say was left in an SUV that was allegedly stolen by Stone from the front of a Longmont gas station. Shortly after the Amber alert was issued, SkyFOX found police were involved in a high-speed chase with the SUV.
That chase, which began in Longmont, included two more stolen vehicles, spanned close to 100 miles and lasted almost two hours. It finally ended with Chavarria-Rodriquez being found safe and Stone being apprehended in Douglas County near the intersection of Lincoln Avenue and Peoria Street.
Shortly after the suspect was arrested, the Colorado State Patrol confirmed one of their troopers, Bellamann Hee, was injured in the chase. Hee suffered serious injuries in the incident, but is expected to make a full recovery.
Julile Pawlak, a woman police have identified as Stone's girlfriend, was also arrested this week. She stands accused of being involved in the theft of an Englewood truck and for violating a protection order that prohibited her from possessing marijuana.
In addition to finding what police believed to be marijuana on Pawlak's person, officers said they also found her to be in possession of three glass pipes with white residue suspected to be Methamphetamine, three empty syringes and a plastic container with a small straw inside.
Several of Stone's friends were seen standing outside the courtroom in Castle Rock on Friday. When approached by KWGN's Chris Jose, the only comment one of them made was "drugs are a horrible thing."