Search continues for suspect in Arvada carjacking, firing incident

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Posted 12/15/19

Arvada police continue searching for a 30-year-old male suspect who allegedly fired at officers Dec. 14. The man is suspected of stealing a pickup truck near W. 68th Avenue and Gray Street. He was …

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Search continues for suspect in Arvada carjacking, firing incident

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Arvada police continue searching for a 30-year-old male suspect who allegedly fired at officers Dec. 14.

The man is suspected of stealing a pickup truck near W. 68th Avenue and Gray Street.

According to a department media release, the victim was outside his home when he noticed an individual walking between his truck and a silver SUV next to the truck. When he approached the person, he was ordered to get on the ground at gunpoint. 

As the victim was held at gunpoint, "he felt another person start going through his pockets," the release said. The victim told police the two suspects took his keys and used them to steal the pickup truck.

Officers tracked down the vehicle and attempted to apprehend the driver, but the driver refused to pull over, crashing into multiple vehicles in the process, the release said.

Police issued a shelter-in-place warning for those in the area of W. 64th Avenue and Miller Street around 8 p.m. Dec. 14, stating that as the officers continued to follow the truck, the suspect fired at the officers. Police report that nobody in the department was injured or returned fire.

After crashing again, the driver and another individual got out of the truck and tried to flee the scene, the release said. One of the individuals, 23-year-old Crystal Trujillo, "was apprehended after a foot chase," the release said. 

The other suspect has yet to be found and was last seen in the 5900 block of Johnson Way.

“We have thoroughly searched the area with multiple officers and jurisdictions,” read a Dec. 15 tweet from the department after the shelter in place order was lifted. “While we have not located the suspect, we feel confident our community is safe.”

The department has described the suspect as a 5'5'' white male weighing 150 pounds with brown hair and eyes.

"When we have more details, we will release those on social media," the release said.

Trujillo is being held at the Jefferson County Jail on charges of Aggravated Robbery, First Degree Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft and Felony Menacing.

Those with more information can reach the department at (720) 898-6729.

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