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Suspect crashes stolen car after attempted sex assault, kidnapping in Lakewood

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LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Westbound Interstate-70 was closed at the Utah state line Wednesday after a high-speed chase resulted in a car crash in Mesa County.

According to Steve Davis with Lakewood police, the suspect involved in the chase attempted to sexually assault and kidnap a woman in the Target parking lot located at 14500 West Colfax Avenue on Tuesday night.

The victim told police she was putting her shopping bags inside of her truck when the man approached her and tried to force her into her own vehicle. Witnesses told police they heard the woman screaming before she was able to break free and run back inside the store.

The suspect then stole the victim’s dark blue Ford pickup truck, which was spotted at a gas station in Grand Junction Wednesday morning. When officers approached the vehicle, the man took off going westbound on I-70 near the Utah border.

The chase ended when the suspect lost control of the truck and rolled the stolen vehicle just prior to crossing the Utah state line, Davis said.

Police later confirmed that the suspect was shot and killed after a standoff with officers. The man reportedly got out of the truck and pointed a gun at authorities. Shots were fired by multiple officers.

The suspect was pronounced dead at the scene. Authorities have not released his identity.

The westbound lanes of I-70 remain closed at mile marker one.

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