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October 4, 2019

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Wanted man rams sheriff’s vehicle in attempt to flee before being taken into custody

No one was injured in the altercation and the 27-year-old Longmont man was booked in the Boulder County Jail

Longmont, Colo. - At approximately 9:00 a.m. this morning, a sheriff's deputy located a stolen Ford F-150 truck in the 0-hundred block of Tulane Court. The stolen truck, along with another stolen vehicle, is suspected of being used by one or more suspects to commit several recent vehicle trespasses at county trailheads. After locating the truck, deputies set up a surveillance operation to see who might return to the truck.

After surveilling the stolen F-150 for several hours without seeing anyone return to it, deputies began the process of recovering the truck and impounding it. As deputies began the recovery process, a sergeant present at the scene observed a male in a basement window of a nearby home. The sergeant recognized the man as being wanted for questioning in the stolen vehicle and vehicle trespass investigations, in addition to having several outstanding warrants for his arrest.

The man, Joshua David Escandon, 27, of Longmont, refused to comply with deputies' commands and barricaded himself in the home. After the man barricaded, sheriff's deputies requested additional officers from the Longmont Police Department to assist them.

Approximately 30 minutes later, just after 3:00 p.m., Escandon exited the home with his hands up. As deputies were giving him commands in an attempt to take him into custody, Escandon suddenly ran to a nearby vehicle belonging to his sister. Escandon started the vehicle and then attempted to flee from deputies and officers, in reverse, at a very high rate of speed. Escandon rammed a sheriff's patrol vehicle and hit several other police vehicles in the process. Officers were ultimately able to use their vehicles to contain the vehicle Escandon was driving and keep him from fleeing into the neighborhood and endangering others.

Escandon was placed into custody without further incident. At least four patrol cars were damaged as the result of Escandon's attempt to flee, but no one, including Escandon, was injured in the altercation.

Escandon has been booked into the Boulder County Jail on the charges of felony attempted vehicular assault on law enforcement officers, felony eluding, felony menacing, felony auto theft, reckless driving, obstruction of a police officer, and resisting arrest, in addition to the outstanding felony warrants for vehicle trespass and dangerous drug charges. A number of related investigations are on-going, and it is anticipated that Escandon will face additional charges in the coming days.

As a result of the on-going investigations, Escandon's booking photo is not available for release.

The case number related to this investigation is 19-5825.

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/s/ Cmdr. Mike Wagner
Public Information Officer