Bank robbery suspect tosses money, caught after high speed chase

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. -- A police chase came to a wild end in Lakewood Monday morning.

It started after a robbery at the First Bank on Colfax and Wadsworth. It ended about 45 minutes later in the Golden Heights neighborhood of Lakewood.

A Lakewood police officer reportedly spotted 48-year-old William Jennings shortly after the robbery.

Sgt. Randy McNitt said, “Shortly after that call one of our officers picked up a suspect vehicle from that bank robbery, began following that vehicle.”

That led to a high speed chase.

Sgt McNitt told FOX31 Denver that the pursuit reached speeds of at least 80 miles per hour. During the pursuit, police say Jennings threw money out of his car window.

Investigators spent the morning gathering money and evidence from an area behind Colorado Mills Mall.

Also during the pursuit, a Jefferson County motorcycle officer was hit by a car that was not involved in the robbery. That deputy is going to be alright.

Neighbors where the chase came to a crashing end said they are thankful no one in the neighborhood was injured.

Brad Evers said, “All the neighborhood kids come here to play. They all play in that spot, right where came through. God bless it was Monday morning, school in session, it could’ve been a lot worse.”


As police drove off with the suspect in the back of a patrol car, Jennings shouted to Fox 31 camera, “I’m guilty.” He is being held in the Jefferson County Detention Center. Sources tell Fox 31 Denver, he could be responsible for 5 bank robberies over the past 6 months.