16-year-old held at gunpoint by Fountain homeowner after break-in

FOUNTAIN, Colo. — A homeowner chased down a juvenile suspect and held him at gunpoint after a string of break-ins on Sunday, the Fountain Police Department said.

Police responded to the Cumberland Green neighborhood on a report of shots fired and vehicles being broken into.

Police said a homeowner woke up to hear his garage door opening and noticed several males outside the home.

The man’s wife called 911 and he went outside to confront the males. The suspects then left in three vehicles, but the homeowner, who was armed with a handgun, gave chase to one of the cars.

The man followed the vehicle to the Tomahawk Truck Stop (1103 S. Santa Fe Ave.) where he was able to block it. A 16-year-old boy got out of the vehicle and was held at gunpoint by the man until police arrived.

The other two vehicles left the scene and were described as a newer gray Camaro and possibly an older red or maroon smaller SUV.

Police said the 16-year-old, who was not identified, later admitted to breaking into several vehicles in Fountain and Security/Widefield.

Police said he admitted to stealing the vehicle he was driving and shooting a gun several times in the air as he fled the scene.

He was booked into Spring Creek Youth Services Center and faces seven counts of first-degree criminal trespass, illegal discharge of a firearm, aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of a handgun by a juvenile, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment.

He was also found to be on supervised probation for previous offenses.

Police did not release a description of the other suspects.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 719-382-4261.