AURORA, Colo. – Nearly two dozen cars were detained at the intersection of Iliff Avenue and Buckley Road Saturday afternoon as police—with guns drawn—searched each vehicle for a man who had just robbed the Wells Fargo bank at 15301 E. Hampden Ave.
According to witnesses, the adult occupants of the vehicles were handcuffed and led away from their cars after reports the suspect might have taken hostages.
“Cops came from every direction and just literally threw their cars in front of my car. They pinned them off there, they pinned them off in the parking lot, they pinned off here so literally nobody could go anywhere,” said Sonya Romero, who was detained. “We had to throw our hands in the air.”
Pictures from the scene show police officers armed with shields and weapons as they made contact with each car. Adults were handcuffed and led away. Children that were present followed.
“They had guns drawn, there were cops everywhere,” Romero said. “I mean, we didn’t know what the heck was going on. We didn’t know if we were in the line of fire or what the hell was happening.”
Romero waited in her car for almost 2-1/2 hours before her vehicle was searched.
“We’re exhausted. That was a little draining, yes,” Romero said. “It was quite the ordeal. I was glad they got him and that’s that.”
Police say the search ended when a “person of interest” was apprehended.