Radio Shack hostage also held up at gunpoint a month ago
DENVER — Christopher Nimerfroh is an employee of Radio Shack who was held hostage inside his store for six hours Friday. That’s after he was held up at gunpoint in the same store just a month ago.
Robbery suspects ran into his store on E. Colfax Ave. and Glencoe St. just before 10 a.m. Friday.
He endured a frightening ordeal all day in which he wasn’t sure if he would live or die. In the end, the situation came to a peaceful resolution. The 28-year-old was released uninjured and the two suspects were arrested.
Nimerfroh’s family and friends spent the day near the scene, watching helplessly.
Chris Nimerfroh’s ex-wife Rachel Dean says he called her the minute the gunman released him. He was crying and he said he wanted to see his son. Heidi Hemmat reports that Dean asked him if he was okay, and he said, “No.”
But his family was relieved the hostage situation ended the way it did.
“I’m glad it’s over,” his father told FOX31 Denver. “I’m glad it turned out where nobody got hurt. The SWAT team and everybody did a fantastic job so nobody got hurt.”
“I’m just wondering what he’s’ thinking and how he’s feeling,” a tearful Rachel Dean said about her thoughts while the hostage crisis unfolded. “He’s probably so scared.”
Rachel and her 5-year-old son, Malachi, held their breath all afternoon.
“It’s just a scary thought that, you know, someone would try to take his life.” Nimerfroh is her ex-husband and the father of her child. “Why would you want to take someone away from their family?”
Rachel says Friday was the second time Nimerfroh was held up at gunpoint at the Colfax Radio Shack in the past month. “He was really scared that time.”
Nimerfroh has worked at the Radio Shack for the past two years. He thought that maybe the location was too dangerous after he was held up the first time. Now Rachel is going to ask him to find a new job.
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