110 mph chase ends in Glenwood after holdup
A Kansas couple suspected of committing an armed robbery and carjacking in Grand Junction led Garfield County law enforcement on a high-speed, dangerous game of ring around the rosie Tuesday evening as officers chased the vehicle in multiple laps between Glenwood Springs and No Name.
The incident began with Grand Junction police responding to an armed robbery at the Stop and Save convenience store at about 7 p.m.
A masked men had come into the store brandished a pistol and demanding cash, one employee told police. Grand Junction police did not indicate how much cash was taken.
The robbers left the scene in a white passenger car driven by a female, according to Grand Junction police.
Half-an-hour after the robbery, police got a call about an armed carjacking. The pair of robbers had stolen a man’s Dodge 1500 after he picked them up near West Gate Inn, police said. They said their car had broken down, the victim told officers.
But the male, sitting in the passenger seat, later pulled a “large, fixed blade knife, and threatened the victim with it” while the female in the back seat began hitting him, according to a Grand Junction police press release.
The man pulled the driver from the vehicle and the driver fled.
The pair were driving east on Interstate 70 near Parachute at about 7:45 p.m. when law enforcement started pursuit, said Walt Stowe, Garfield County Sheriff’s Office public information officer.
The vehicle picked up speed, at one point reaching 110 mph, and eventually Parachute police, Rifle police, Garfield County deputies, New Castle police, Glenwood Springs police and the Colorado State Patrol were involved, said Stowe.
Officers deployed spike strips twice, once at mile 94 east of Rifle and once at mile 114, West Glenwood, each time blowing out one tire.
But the driver kept fleeing toward Glenwood Springs. Officers also saw items being thrown out of the vehicle. Some of it looked like clothes, said Stowe, but it’s still unclear what all was thrown out the widows.
With law enforcement still in pursuit, the pair drove past Glenwood Springs toward No Name. Stowe said they then took the No Name exit, turned around on I-70 and headed back toward Glenwood. They then took the 116 Glenwood Springs exit and turned around again – only to flip another U-turn at No Name and finally be stopped by officers at the 116 exit at around 8:30 p.m.
A man and woman in the vehicle were arrested. Stowe said no injuries had resulted from the chase.
Booked into the Garfield County Jail were Nathaniel Owens, 35, of Augusta, Kansas, and Kelsy Capps, 23, of Wichita, on charges including first-degree assault involving danger to a public official, aggravated motor vehicle theft, vehicular eluding, tampering with physical evidence, aggravated robbery involving a weapon, theft from a building — all felonies — among other charges.
The stolen vehicle was towed and impounded, the Sheriff’s Office said in a news release.
Ninth Judicial District Attorney Sherry Caloia said it hasn’t yet been decided where the pair will be prosecuted. They had an initial appearance Wednesday at the Garfield County Courthouse, but Mesa County will likely transport them to Grand Junction for advisements there as well, she said.
The pair could be prosecuted in one jurisdiction or both. If they were prosecuted in only one, it would likely be in Mesa County because that’s where the more serious incidents happened, said Caloia.
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