Denver man reports being attacked with bear repellent, Hummer stolen

DENVER -- A Hummer was stolen after a suspect sprayed the owner with bear spray, the Denver Police Department said Thursday.

“As soon as I turned around, the guy just had the bear mace,” Michael Chelala said. “I didn’t know at the time what it was.”

Chelala, who said he is offering a $2,000 reward for anyone who can find his hummer and put the perpetrators behind bars, released surveillance video of the incident.

Chelala said the suspect tried to fool him into thinking he was getting paid $20,000 for the Hummer. But the cash of the Craigslist scam was mostly dollar bills.

The crime that sent Chelala and his roommate to an emergency room was reported at an apartment building at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln Street.

“The fact that I had a butcher knife, and I’m twice the size, and I have another male with me -- it didn’t phase him,” Chelala said.

Video shows the roommates and who they call their attacker getting onto an elevator late Wednesday night, heading to their apartment unit to finish the cash deal while the alleged suspect's girlfriend waited outside with the Hummer, according to Chelala.

Sideo shows the alleged suspect appearing very anxious to get off the elevator after the reported attack.

The roommates told police the man and his girlfriend got away with the Hummer.

“I was in the lobby ... just pounding my fist against the ground just waiting for the ambulance to get here,” Chelala said.

Hours after the attack, both men said they still have some symptoms from the bear spray.

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