DENVER -- A man was stabbed during a carjacking in a parking garage near the 900 block of South Broadway on Monday morning, the Denver Police Department said.
Police said a man took a four-door black Toyota Tacoma with Colorado license plates 966-MFH in a parking garage near South Lincoln Street and East Tennessee Avenue about 7:45 a.m.
The victim's wife, Tonya Barlow, said her husband, Mike, saw the suspect inside the garage trying to get into a car with a man inside it. When he confronted the suspect, he paid the price with stab wounds to his arm.
A bent arm gate was the only evidence of violence inside a Denver parking garage.
"There was a confrontation between the two men and amidst this confrontation the suspect stabbed the victim and took his vehicle," Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said.
Barlow's wife said she knows what led to the confrontation and why he was attacked.
She texted: "(The suspect) was trying to get into a car that another person had just parked. The person in the car was honking their horn & Mike thought if the car jacker knew that someone was witnessing this they would leave."
"I think he intended to scare him off or draw attention to him to make him stop doing what he was doing. It escalated from there," Jackson said.
The suspect then took off in Barlow's 2006 four-door Toyota Tacoma. A witness said he tore out of the parking garage through the arm gate.
The suspect then hit a driver at East Sixth Avenue and Airport Road in Aurora and took off. Around 4 p.m., the suspect was again spotted, this time near South Peoria Street and East Alameda Avenue.
Several Aurora officers gave chase and one of the squad cars crashed into two cars while trying to navigate around traffic. Witnesses said the suspect was going nearly 80 mph when the officer following crashed.
“The police, all you could see was like 15 cars coming after him, but it was probably only seven,” said Stephanie McCowen, who saw the suspect fly by her with police in tow.
“It ended right here with a broken axle, just demolished,” said a woman who witnessed the crash but didn’t want to be identified.
The suspect was last seen traveling west on Alameda into Denver around 5 p.m. He is considered armed and dangerous.
Barlow was a good Samaritan trying to do the right thing and ended up on the wrong end of a knife. Police said his actions were noble, but this could have ended so much worse.
"Be the best witness you can be. Honestly, there is nothing that is worth your life," Jackson said.
Mike Barlow was taken to a hospital with a minor stab wound but is expected to survive.
Tonya Barlow said her husband is doing well and appreciates the concerns and efforts of police, emergency personnel and the media to catch the man who assaulted him and stole his truck.