Armed Gunman Accused In Crime Spree Makes First Court Appearance

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An armed gunman arrested following a multi-robbery investigation in Colorado Springs will be in court for the first time Thursday.

In the span of just 30 minutes, police say 26-year-old David Anderson hit a sporting goods store and three banks. He got away with money from at least two locations.

Police caught up to the suspect at the Antlers Hotel, where they say Anderson was caught handing out money in the hotel lobby.

The crime spree began at 1:09 p.m. Wednesday, when the suspect attempted to rob the Big Five Sporting Goods Store, located at 1810 W. Uintah. Police say the suspect and an employee began struggling over a gun after the suspect fired one shot inside the store.

As the suspect left the area empty-handed, he was heard making suicidal comments.

At 1:28 p.m., the Adams Bank and Trust at 265 E. Cheyenne Mtn. Blvd. reported a robbery. This time, the suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of money. Police say the suspect attempted to start a fire after robbing the bank, but was unsuccessful.

Three minutes later, police say the suspect tried to rob the UMB Bank up the road from Adams Bank and Trust. A security guard kept the suspect from ever entering the building, and he once again left empty-handed.

Around this time, the Colorado Springs Police Department began receiving a number of calls from people seeing someone throwing money out of a car window. Police now believe this was Anderson.

A few minutes after the unsuccessful robbery attempt at UMB, police say the same suspect stole money from the Chase Bank on 402 N. Tejon. Following this robbery, the suspect headed for the Antlers Hotel, where he was arrested.

Police have confirmed Anderson was not involved in a robbery at Walmart Wednesday, where the suspect got away with a gun, despite some similarities between that robbery and the four incidents Anderson is accused in.

Officers came to that conclusion after reviewing surveillance video from Walmart.

Anderson is expected to be charged with two counts of aggravated robbery and two counts of attempted aggravated robbery, though police say charges are still pending. No one was injured during the crime spree.

Court records indicate this is Anderson's first major run-in with the law.

Police ask that anyone who received money from the suspect hand it over to CSPD so it can be returned to the banks.