11/05/2007

Colo. masked man escapes in stolen police cruiser

By Manny Gonzales
The Denver Post

LITTLETON, Colo. — A masked man led Littleton police on a car chase Sunday afternoon through the south metro area before managing to steal a pursuing officer's cruiser and get away.

The man first carjacked a woman sitting in a Mitsubishi convertible outside First Bank at County Line Road and South Broadway, Littleton police said. He ordered the woman out of her car and sped down County Line Road.

A Littleton police officer pursued the vehicle until it crashed near South Polo Ridge Drive and West Mineral Avenue.

Officers chased the suspect on foot into a nearby neighborhood. Meanwhile, the suspect doubled-back to the crash location and made two attempts to carjack motorists near a traffic light.

When those drivers ignored demands to exit their cars, the man got behind the wheel of an unattended police car and drove away. Police found the stolen cruiser around the 7900 block of South Bemis Street.

The suspect is described as 5 feet 8 inches tall and 25 to 30 years old, with a stocky build and mustache and wearing a black T-shirt, dark pants and white tennis shoes.

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