Second suspect arrested for Dec. 14 carjacking

Police believe they have identified a third suspect in last month's robbery

Staff report
Posted 1/10/20

A suspect in a December carjacking incident in Arvada, was arrested Jan. 8 after previously fleeing from police, according to an Arvada Police Department (APD) media release. The robbery occurred the …

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Second suspect arrested for Dec. 14 carjacking

Police believe they have identified a third suspect in last month's robbery

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A suspect in a December carjacking incident in Arvada, was arrested Jan. 8 after previously fleeing from police, according to an Arvada Police Department (APD) media release.

The robbery occurred the night of Dec. 14, when the suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Saiz, and a second suspect, 23-year-old Crystal Trujillo, allegedly held a man at gunpoint and stole his Dodge pickup truck near W. 68th Avenue and Depew Street.

Officers tracked and followed the vehicle, later saying that at least one of the suspects fired at officers from inside the car. The department issued a shelter-in-place warning for several hours for those in the area of W. 64th Avenue and Miller Street.

The driver eventually crashed the pickup truck and the suspects tried to flee the scene. Trujillo “was apprehended after a foot chase,” said the Dec. 16 release. Trujillo was booked into the Jefferson County Jail on multiple charges.

Saiz is alleged to have fired at officers during the foot chase and was not apprehended by officers that night. APD proceeded to search for Saiz, based on forensic evidence and surveillance footage taken from nearby doorbell cameras, APD detective David Snelling said in a previous interview.

“Evidence, tips and investigation implicated Saiz in the crimes and he was arrested on Jan. 8, 2020 without incident,” said the most recent release.

Charges have not yet been filed against Saiz, who will be advised of the charges against him Jan. 15, said Jeffco DA spokesperson Pam Russell.

According to the release, police arrested him on suspicion of multiple charges, including aggravated robbery, vehicular eluding and first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft.

Police continue to search for a third suspect who they believe helped Saiz escape during the foot chase, Snelling said. While the department believes it has identified the accomplice, it cannot share further information because of the ongoing investigation, he said.

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

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