Suspect in 7-Eleven shooting has long criminal history

Blas Leroux

Blas Leroux holds a woman hostage after barricading himself inside a 7-Eleven store in Denver on Jan. 14.

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(Photo: Denver police)
(Photo: Denver police)

DENVER — The man who held a woman hostage at a Denver 7-Eleven before being shot by Denver police has a long criminal history, court records show.

Denver police identified the man as Blas Leroux, 34, Tuesday.

Leroux is accused of taking several people hostage at the store on Perry Street and Colfax Avenue Monday morning. Police negotiated with him for about an hour.

At one point Leroux took a woman out of the store and used her as a human shield, police said. As Leroux tried to take the woman back inside, he was shot by a Denver police officer.

RAW VIDEO: Man takes woman hostage and uses her as human shield

Leroux was taken to a local hospital and was listed in critical condition Monday night.

A search of court records found Leroux has an extensive criminal history that dates back to 1996 and includes convictions for robbery and vehicle theft.

This woman, who refused to give her name, was taken hostage by a man at a Denver 7-Eleven.
This woman, who refused to give her name, was taken hostage by a man at a Denver 7-Eleven.

Victim says she ordeal was ‘terrifying’

The woman Leroux is accused of using as a hostage told FOX31 Denver she was glad she survived unharmed.

“It was terrifying. It was stressful and I don’t wish it on my enemy,” she said.  “Everybody that’s concerned about me, I appreciate your thoughts and prayers.”

She said police did a “great job,” of handling the situation.

White said the man “indicated that he had a weapon,” but police did not confirm that.

A FOX31 Denver photographer was positioned across the street from the scene and recorded the shooting. In the video, the man can be seen standing behind the woman. He wore a grey hoodie and didn’t appear to say anything.

Denver Police Chief Robert White said he was pleased that the situation ended without any officers or victims being hurt.

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