POTTAWATTAMIE COUNTY, Iowa — A suspect who was wanted in connection with crimes in multiple metro Denver communities was in custody in Iowa Saturday.
Blake Newton was arrested in the Council Bluffs area and being held in the Pottawattamie County jail.
Council Bluffs police officers, Pottawattamie County sheriff’s deputies and FBI agents worked together to capture Newton.
FBI agents contacted Council Bluffs police to alert them that they were tracking a violent felony suspect near a Target store.
Law enforcement officers approached his vehicle in a parking lot at a shopping area on Saturday afternoon, according to Council Bluffs police.
Newton drove away and led police on a short chase. A sheriff’s deputy was able to perform a “PIT” maneuver which caused Newton’s vehicle to stop and come to rest on the median of a nearby highway.
Police said at that point he fled on foot but was taken into custody in a parking lot.
Investigators said they found a loaded 9mm hand gun and a small amount of marijuana in Newton’s car.
Wanted in metro Denver
Newton, 23, was identified earlier as a suspect after a woman was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint outside the North Boulder Recreation Center on Nov. 6.
Police believe Newton brandished a handgun while robbing a woman just before 9 p.m. at the recreation center at 3170 Broadway.
The victim told police that as she was opening her vehicle door, she heard footsteps, turned around and saw a man with a semiautomatic handgun running toward her.
The woman screamed as the suspect grabbed for her purse, causing her to fall to the ground on top of the handbag.
The suspect then grabbed the woman’s hair, slammed her head on the pavement and took the purse, then got into a vehicle and left the scene on Broadway, police said.
In addition to the robbery in Boulder, Newton is suspect in a robbery near South Holly Street and East Evans Avenue in Denver as well as one in Aurora.