Carjacking suspects sought in Adams County; three school lockouts lifted

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. -- Two suspects are being sought in Adams County after an alleged carjacking that forced three schools to go on lockout, law enforcement authorities said Monday morning.

The incident happened about 6:30 a.m. at Clayton and St. Paul streets in Thornton when a male and female passengers were driving in a 1995 orange Ford Bronco with a female acquaintance.

The Thornton Police Department said the male passenger pulled out a gun and threatened the female driver. The driver got out of the vehicle, and the male and female passengers took off.

The vehicle was spotted at Interstate 25 and Thornton Parkway and Thornton police officers began a pursuit but discontinued it at U.S. 36 and Broadway.

Adams County dispatch later received a call about a suspicious vehicle near West 68th Avenue and Pecos Street, where a witness said they saw a black man put a firearm in a backpack.

Several deputies, with guns drawn, and K-9 units were searching for the two, but the suspects remain at large.

Adams 50 School District spokesman Steve Saunders said three schools -- Scott Carpenter Middle School, Skyline Vista Elementary and F.M. Day Elementary -- were placed on lockout because of the manhunt. The lockouts were lifted about 9 a.m.

The man is described as a having dark skin in his 20s, 5-foot-8 and 150 pounds. He has black hair, and was wearing dark pants, a white shirt with blue sleeves and black shoes.

The woman has brown shoulder-length hair, was wearing blue pants and white flip flops, and was carrying a tan jacket and dark purse.

Police said the incident was not random, and the suspects are believed to be armed and dangerous. Police are working to determine the relationship the driver had to the suspects, and to determine where the three were coming from and where they were going.


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