LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A couple of shoplifters pulled a handgun on a Walmart security guard in Lakewood, and then led police on a chase—all with a toddler in the vehicle.
It started at the Walmart store at Colfax and Wadsworth about 11:10 a.m. Tuesday and ended about 12:55 p.m. in Denver with the arrest of a male suspect.
A shredded tire was the end of the line for the man and woman who took police on a chase after first threatening a security guard who tried to stop them.
“The male half pulled a handgun of some kind out and pointed it at the security guard. The male and female ran to a grey Jeep and took off,” says Steve Davis, Lakewood Police spokesman.
Police had just arrived and gave chase for a couple miles into Denver before flattening one of the tires with stop sticks.
“He sped down the side road very fast and I didn’t know how he was going to stop or if he was going to hit my car. And, then he just got out of the car and ran away,“ says a witness who didn’t want to be identified.
The woman who lives near where the Jeep ended up--on a dead-end street at 12th and Quitman--says the man left behind the woman and child, about 2 years old.
“She stayed in the car and the officer said, ‘Put your hands on your head,’ and all that, and got her to come out. A few minutes later, he had the little guy walking next to him, holding his hand,” says the witness.
Police, including SWAT officers and canines swarmed the area.
A dog found and bit the suspect who was hiding in bushes about a block from the abandoned Jeep near 12th and Perry.
He was treated in an ambulance and taken to the hospital.
The witness is worried the couple may be stealing more than things—but robbing an innocent child of a future.
“Made me really sad. Adults are putting him in bad situations,” says the witness.
The male suspect was still in the hospital at early evening—being treated for that dog bite.
He’s facing a felony menacing, resisting arrest, theft, possible child abuse and a string of traffic violations.
The woman faces similar charges—although less serious.