Springs boys tied to Wednesday crime spree
Eight Colorado Springs boys were arrested Wednesday, Sept. 4, following a protracted crime spree that led them from a Southeast Colorado Springs hotel, throughout the community and as far north as Chapel Hills.
It started Tuesday, Sept. 3, when Springs police were notified that a Toyota 4Runner was stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express, 1855 Aeroplaza Drive. Over a six-hour time span the next day, the same vehicle carried the octet of youths on a chaotic crime-spree that started with a drive-by shooting and ended in a footrace. The boys range in age from 12 to 17, according to a police press release.
The following is a timeline of their activities on Sept. 4, according to the press release; times are approximate:
- 9:20 a.m., the occupants of the 4Runner fired reportedly shots at a residence in the 300 block of Longfellow Drive. No injuries were reported.
- 10 a.m., a juvenile male allegedly stole several items from a liquor store before fleeing the area in the Toyota.
- 12:10 p.m., Springs police received a complaint that the 4Runner was driving recklessly in the area of Airport Road and South Powers Boulevard.
- 1:50 p.m., a personal robbery was reported in the Chapel Hills Mall parking lot. A woman and her infant child were walking to their car when three boys allegedly exited the 4Runner and approached her. The boys reportedly pointed guns at the woman and took her diaper bag and backpack, before fleeing in the SUV.
- 2:23 p.m., the driver of the 4Runner was reportedly seen pointing a gun at another vehicle in the area of the U.S. 24 Bypass and South Union Boulevard. No shots were fired.
- 3:15 p.m., a Springs K-9 officer spotted the Toyota SUV near South Powers and East Fountain Boulevard. When officers arrived to assist, the 4Runner allegedly sped off and officers stopped the pursuit due to safety concerns. Nonetheless, according to police, the SUV sped away until it crashed at the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Canada Drive. Despite taking damage, the boy behind the wheel managed to speed off again, fleeing the scene. Officers once again spotted the 4Runner and attempted to stop it, which resulted in yet another chase and yet anoter crash – this time at the intersection of North Murray Boulevard and Moffatt Circle, according to the press release. The eight boys fled the scene on foot but were stopped by police.
Now, the Colorado Springs boys face multiple charges. According to police:
- A 17-year-old boy had 10 outstanding warrants for robbery. He was additionally charged with aggravated robbery at the Chapel Hills Mall that occurred earlier Wednesday, involving the mother and her child.
- A 12-year-old boy had an outstanding warrant for arson and theft. He now faces charges related to the aggravated robbery at the mall.
- A 15-year-old boy is facing aggravated robbery charges and possession of a weapon by a juvenile, after the incident at Chapel Hills involving the mother. That boy was allegedly in possession of a gun that was stolen during a July 17 motor vehicle burglary.
- A 16-year-old boy is being charged with eluding and other traffic-related offenses.
The youths’ names have not been released.