COLORADO SPRINGS — UPDATE (9/6): On Tuesday the Colorado Springs Police Department (CSPD) received reports that a Toyota 4Runner was stolen from the parking lot of the Holiday Inn Express located at 1855 Aeroplaza Drive.
On Wednesday the 4Runner was reported as a vehicle involved in several crimes throughout the city.
According to police, at approximately 9:20 a.m. the teens inside the 4Runner fired shots at a residence in the 300 block of Longfellow Drive and no injuries were reported. Then at approximately 10:00 a.m. a teen stole several items from a liquor store before fleeing the area in the 4Runner. Around noon the CSPD received a complaint that the 4Runner was driving recklessly in the area of Airport Road and South Powers Boulevard.
At approximately 1:50 p.m. a personal robbery was reported in the Chapel Hills Mall parking lot. A woman with her infant child, was walking to her vehicle when three teens exited the 4Runner and approached her. All three boys reportedly pointed guns at the female and took her diaper bag and backpack. The suspects then fled in the 4Runner.
At approximately 2:23 p.m. the driver of the 4Runner was seen pointing a gun at another car in the area of the Highway 24 Bypass and South Union Boulevard, but no shots were fired.
Just after 3 p.m. CSPD K-9 officer observed the 4Runner near South Powers Boulevard and East Fountain Boulevard. While other officers were arriving in the area to assist, the 4Runner led the officers on a speed chase. The pursuit was terminated due to concerns for public safety. The vehicle continued to drive erratically and was involved in a traffic crash in the intersection of Constitution Avenue and Canada Drive.
Once again, officers saw the 4Runner and attempted to conduct a traffic stop; however, the driver of the 4Runner failed to stop, leading to another pursuit. The 4Runner was involved in a second traffic crash at the intersection of North Murray Boulevard and Moffat Circle. Eight teens exited the vehicle and fled on foot. All eight suspects were apprehended by officers.
The eight boys range in age from 12 to 17-years-old and are all from Colorado Springs. One 17-year-old boy had 10 outstanding warrants for robbery, and was also charged with the aggravated robbery at the Chapel Hills Mall.
The 12-year-old boy had an outstanding warrant for arson and theft, and was also charged with the aggravated robbery at the Chapel Hills Mall.
One 15-year-old boy was charged with aggravated robbery at the Chapel Hills Mall, and was also charged with possession of a weapon by a juvenile. One of the weapons in his possession was stolen during a July 17, 2019, burglary of a car.
One 16-year-old boy is being charged with eluding and other traffic-related offenses.
Suspects led police on a chase through east Colorado Springs while crashing into two cars. FOX21 confirmed eight juveniles were involved in this police pursuit.
Police claim the juveniles were involved in a drive-by shooting, car break-in, and personal robbery that happened all on the same day. CSPD recovered guns and arrested all eight suspects.
The first crash was on Canada Drive and Constitution Avenue and the second crash location was on Murray Boulevard and Moffat Circle.
Officers said the suspects were driving a black SUV when spotted by police they refused to stop and crashed into a red pick-up truck. At least one of the suspects was taken to a nearby hospital.
Dozens of police responded and blocked off traffic on Murray Boulevard for hours.
CSPD said there is no active threat to the surrounding community.
“I wouldn’t say it’s common for anyone to engage in this level of criminal activity in a day like this, this is uncommon,” Lt. Jame Sokolik with CSPD said.