Colorado Springs police connect 2 carjackings and a shooting to the same group

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Colorado Springs police have connected two carjackings and a shooting to the same group, according to 11 News partner The Gazette.

Police arrested 18-year-old Jyaer Pepper along with three other unidentified people. It isn't clear if those unidentified people are juveniles.

In one of the three incidents on May 25, a gun was used to shooting along North Academy Boulevard as two groups of people were racing vehicles down the street. One of the bullets hit a passenger in the car, causing it to crash. A second bullet went through the wall of an apartment and hit a man while he was sleeping.

"It just scared me to death and I'm glad he's okay -- that's all, thank God," Michael Hester said, the brother of the man who was hit by the stray bullet while he was sleeping.

One day earlier, there was an attempted carjacking along Aquila Court according to arrest papers obtained by The Gazette. A woman stopped at the end of her driveway to send out mail when a car pulled up next to her and put a gun in her face. When the man tried to open her car door, she slammed on the gas to get away. A shot was fired and a bullet hit her headrest, according to court records.

That same day, about one hour earlier, a man living on Concerto Drive said he was getting out of his vehicle in his garage when a car pulled up and an armed man got out. The man reportedly held the homeowner at gunpoint while demanding his wallet, car keys and phone, and then drove away with the items.

The homeowner's car was later found abandoned a mile away.

Police believe the same gun was used in the incident on Aquila Court and the incident on North Academy Boulevard.

It isn't clear what role Pepper played in the carjackings. In the most recent cases, Pepper faces possible charges of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery. He remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

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