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May 31, 2021

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Pursuit of Stolen Vehicle Yields Recovery of Stolen Handgun and a Stolen Catalytic Converter

Suspects at Large After Boulder County Stolen Vehicle Chase

Boulder County, Colo. -On May 31, 2021 at approximately 1:30 a.m, a Boulder County Sheriff's Deputy observed a suspicious vehicle in the area of Williams Fork Trail and Spine Road. The vehicle was described as a black Tahoe with no license plates attached to it. The Tahoe was driving erratically as it left the area and travelled east on Lookout Road.

Deputies followed it to the neighborhood located at Lookout Road and Idylwild Street. A traffic stop was attempted, however the vehicle did not stop and it fled further into the neighborhood briefly. A perimeter was established using patrol cars from the Boulder County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol. A short time later, the Tahoe exited the neighborhood where it ran over stop sticks that had been deployed at an exit point. The stop sticks were successful as they punctured both front tires of the Tahoe.

The Tahoe continued to drive back towards the area of Williams Fork Trail with deputies in pursuit. The Tahoe came to a stop on 63rd Street and Nautilus Court after one of the tires came completely disabled.

Once the vehicle was stopped, two males exited the vehicle and fled on foot. They were described as being Hispanic males wearing all black. A K9 unit responded and a perimeter was established in the area. The Boulder County Regional SWAT Team was deployed after approximately 200 rounds of handgun ammunition was located in the vehicle and there were concerns about the suspects being armed with weapons.

A thorough search of the area was completed by the use of drones, a K9 team, and several SWAT operators on foot in the area. The suspects were not located and have not been identified at this time. In addition to the Boulder County Sheriff's Office and Colorado State Patrol, officers from the Boulder Police Department, and personnel from Boulder Emergency Services assisted.

It was discovered that the Tahoe had been reported stolen a short time before this incident occurred. Inside of the Tahoe were two handguns; one of which was reported stolen. A catalytic converter was also located inside of the vehicle.

If you have any information regarding possible suspects in this case, please call Boulder County Sheriff's Office communications at (303) 441-4444. The associated case report number is 21-2544.

/s/ Sgt. Cody Sears