Two women taken into custody after carjacking, chase, crash, standoff


Two carjacking suspects led law enforcement on a chase and a SWAT standoff in Thornton on Tuesday, Jan. 5, 2016.

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THORNTON, Colo. -- Two women were taken into custody Tuesday morning after stealing a car at gunpoint, then leading police on a chase that ended in a crash followed by an hourlong standoff with a SWAT team, the Commerce City Police Department said.

Police said the women, armed with a handgun, stopped a man driving a 2006 blue Nissan Pathfinder about 2:30 a.m. near East 60th Avenue and Holly Street in Commerce City and demanded the vehicle.

The man gave up the vehicle and it was located by an officer near East 72nd Avenue and Cherry Street. Because the officer was alone, he waited for backup before attempting to stop the vehicle in the 6000 block of Interstate 25.

When the vehicle failed to stop, police followed it before it took a wide turn and crashed into another vehicle that was in the turn lane at West 84th Avenue and Conifer Road in Thornton.

The driver of the vehicle that was hit was able to get out through the passenger side and was taken to a hospital as a precaution with minor injuries.

The suspects refused to come out of the Pathfinder and because they were armed, a SWAT team from the Thornton Police Department was called in, with officials saying over a loudspeaker, "Give yourself up, you are under arrest."

The women eventually exited the vehicle without incident after about an hour. Both were arrested and taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

84th Avenue between Interstate 25 and Conifer Road was closed during the incident and subsequent investigation. It wasn't expected to reopen before 7 a.m.

No law enforcement officers were injured, police said.

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