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4 in custody after robbery, 20-mile chase from Loveland to near Longmont

LOVELAND, Colo. -- A father and daughter are safe after their vehicle was sideswiped by alleged robbers who were on the run in Weld County on Wednesday.

It started at the Promenade Shops at Centerra when a group of men robbed the Zumiez clothing store and took off, the Loveland Police Department said.

Officers began chasing them a few minutes later and lasted more than 20 miles along southbound Interstate 25.

Shortly after it began, a father and daughter found themselves in the middle of the chaos.

"It caught us totally off guard," said Aaron Rath of Berthoud.

Rath said it happened in just a few seconds. He and his daughter Alexa were on their way home when the alleged getaway car sideswiped them. At first, Rath wasn’t sure what was going on.

"I was mad, you know. My instincts were I was ready to to get out and take somebody on. But I saw the cops coming so I stayed in the car and stayed out of the way," he said.

The chase ended more than 20 miles south of Loveland at Highway 119 near Longmont during the evening commute. Traffic on the interstate backed up for miles.

A police cruiser was heavily damaged after a PIT maneuver was used to stop the suspects' black Honda. Four men were detained. No injuries were reported.

"There are a lot of things that could have gone wrong," Rath said.