Boulder police searching for armed carjacking suspect

Carjacking suspect (Sketch: Boulder Police Department)

BOULDER, Colo. -- The Boulder Police Department is searching for a man they believe was involved in an armed carjacking Wednesday.

Police said the incident began shortly before noon at a shopping center in the 1700 block of 29th Street.

A woman had just parked when a man tapped on her window. Unable to hear him, the woman rolled down the window.

The suspect then pointed a gun at the woman and told her to get out of the car. The man jumped in and drove off, police said.

Boulder County Sheriff's Office deputies later saw the vehicle near Third Avenue and Hover Street in Longmont, about 15 miles from where the carjacking took place.

When deputies tried to pull over the vehicle, the driver eluded them. Police said the suspect drove a short distance and crashed into another vehicle near Ninth Avenue and Hover Street. He then ran away.

The search for the suspect prompted a lockout at Longmont High School. It was lifted at 2 p.m.

Authorities used a drone to help search for the suspect, but he was not apprehended.

The suspect is described as Hispanic and in his late 20s. He is about 5-foot-10 with a slim, athletic build.

He might have a small amount of facial hair described as five o'clock shadow. He was last seen wearing a black down jacket with a gray hoodie underneath. He was also wearing dark jeans.

The driver of the vehicle the suspect crashed into was tended to by medical personnel but was cleared without any injuries.

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 303-441-3369 or Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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