Police: Car theft suspect drops grenade-type device in foot chase

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(Photo: Pueblo Police)

(Photo: Pueblo Police)

PUEBLO, Colo. — A man who allegedly broke into a vehicle Thursday morning dropped an object that appeared to be a hand grenade to deter officers in a foot chase, the Pueblo Police Department said.

Just before 6 a.m., officers were called to the 2400 block of Alma Avenue on a report of someone breaking into a car, police said.

When officers arrived, the suspect began running away and dropped what police believed was a hand grenade.

The suspect was found shortly in an apartment complex and identified as 24-year-old Jose Raul Mena.

Mena was taken into custody and is accused of first-degree criminal trespass, attempted auto theft, resisting arrest and violation of a protection order.

The Pueblo Metro Bomb Squad determined the grenade-looking device was altered and had no explosive charge.