Police arrest 13-year-old in armed home invasion
Last updated 7/10/2020 at 11:37am
A 13-year-old Security-Widefield boy has been arrested in connection with a violent crime in Fountain that occurred the morning of Monday, July 6. In that incident, a family was held at gunpoint before two suspects stole their vehicle and fled.
Police responded to reports of a vehicle crash in the 600 block of Blossom Field Road before dawn Monday. Upon arrival, officers learned the vehicle associated in the crash was stolen from Colorado Springs earlier in the evening.
A resident who said she was too scared to speak publicly noted the original suspect vehicle turned a corner too quickly and took out a fire hydrant before coming to a stop in a front yard near the intersection of Fountain Mesa Road and Blossom Field.
After the initial crash, the two suspects forcibly entered a residence. When the suspects entered the home, they held the homeowners at gunpoint, took the families car keys and stole the family vehicle.
“This family was inside their home when the suspects shot out their side window, unlocked the door, and entered their home, pointing guns at the residents,” Fountain Public Safety Information Officer Lisa Schneider said.
A short time later, officers located this vehicle and attempted to stop it when the vehicle fled. Another resident who witnessed police chasing an SUV from the scene said the incident concerned him greatly, especially as a father of a young child.
Officers pursued the vehicle until speeds became too dangerous and it was deemed a threat to the community.
As the investigation continued, detectives were able to identify one of the suspects involved. On Thursday, July 9, a 13-year-old male who is a Security-Widefield resident was arrested and charged with the following felonies: Aggravated Robbery, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, Menacing, and First Degree Burglary.
The investigation is ongoing and more arrests are anticipated.
Anyone with information, or who is a witness to this investigation, is asked to call the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office Communication Center at (719) 390-5555; or if you wish to remain anonymous, you may call Crime Stoppers Tip Line at (719) 634 STOP (7867) or 1-800-222-8477.
Other serious incidents from earlier this week remain under investigation. Those include a drive-by shooting between two vehicles on Hadley Street and a rash of vehicle break-ins in the south part of Fountain.