Police: 3 in custody after alleged robbers followed, shot at by victim

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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Colo. — Three suspects are in custody after an aggravated robbery turned into a car chase, during which shots were fired, according to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office.

It started at 8:30 p.m. Thursday when the Jefferson County dispatch center received a 911 call from an uninvolved homeowner who reported that a man had pulled up in a black Jeep next to him and asked him to call 911 because suspects had pulled a gun on him during a robbery, according to the sheriff’s office. He then followed a white Dodge truck.

At 8:40 p.m., a second 911 call came from a male who said he had been shot by a male in a black Jeep. He said he was the driver of a white Dodge truck and had a passenger with him. That male drove to the Sheriff’s Office on C-470, followed by the black Jeep, and all three adult males were removed from their vehicles and taken into custody around Heritage Road and Golden Ridge Road in Golden.

The overnight investigation revealed that an alleged robbery occurred at a home in the 15000 block of Swiss Road in Pine. The victim of the robbery, identified by first name Thomas, lives there with his girlfriend. Two males, Joseph and Joshua, had arrived at Thomas’ home with the stated intent to “hang out,” when at some point during the evening, they robbed Thomas and his girlfriend at gunpoint, stealing a wallet, case, keys and a cell phone, the Sheriff’s Office said.

When Joseph and Joseph fled in a white truck, Thomas stepped outside and allegedly fired a gun into the air before pursuing them in a black Jeep, firing shots at them during the chase, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Joseph and Joshua were unfamiliar with the area as they fled from Thomas, but eventually got off of Highway 285, driving in the area of Bowles and Simms, approximately where Thomas asked a homeowner to call 911 because he was pursuing the other two suspects.

At some point Thomas pulled alongside Joseph and Joshua and fired a gun at their truck, striking Joseph in the legs, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said.

Shortly later, Joseph made the 911 call, leading to Jefferson County deputies locating both vehicles and making the arrests.

Joseph, the driver of the truck, sustained gunshot wounds to both legs and was transported to St. Anthony’s Hospital for medical treatment. He is in custody for aggravated robbery.

The two other suspects were transported to the Sheriff’s Office where they were interviewed and eventually booked into the JeffCo jail.

Joshua is in custody for aggravated robbery and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.  Thomas is in custody for two counts of attempted first degree homicide.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says they are still investigating and that the facts in the case are still unclear.  No last names are being released at this time pending photo lineups with victims and witnesses associated with this case, according to the authorities.

Anyone with information regarding this crime or these suspects is urged to contact the Sheriff’s Office tip line at 303-271-5612, or call Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).