There's been a spike in robberies during the last two months with 134 robberies in Colorado Springs. Cops say 42 of those cases have been solved. They don't know why the increase in crime.
So far, at least a dozen suspects have been arrested so far. Now, they’re focusing on catching two others, Demond Smith and Bashir Ingram.
"These are the most violent of crimes where they take money or property from persons or businesses," says Lt. David Whitlock with the Colorado Springs police department.
Whitlock says Smith is wanted for robbing a handful of businesses across town, including a Papa John’s off of Delmonico and Rockrimmon. “It went by pretty darn fast,” says Jason Maw. He was working the night shift at about three weeks ago.
“I was making a pizza and heard the door open and the next thing I know, I got a Smith and Wesson in my face." Maw says Smith only made away with a small amount of cash.
With 92 of the 134 robberies still unsolved, police say they’re anxious to track down the rest of the suspects. If you have any information that could lead cops to more crooks, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.
The city averages about 500 to 600 robberies a year. While it may seem like a lot, we're below the average for other cities of our same size.
Below is a list of robberies and the suspects arrested in connection with the case.
-1640 E. Cheyenne Mountain Blvd 12-07-09. Arrestees: Aaron Wilkerson, Age 28; (Stun-gun used on elderly female)
-280 Rimview Drive 12-17-09. Arrestees: Aaron Wilkerson and Brandon Armijo, Age 26; (shots fired during apartment complex parking lot robbery)
-3755 Astrozon Blvd 12-17-09. Arrestees: Aaron Wilkerson and Brandon Armijo; (pizza delivery driver robbed in parking lot)
(note that Wilkerson was also arrested related to a Pueblo County
“Take-over Counter Jumper” pattern
-Subway; 1506 S Nevada Ave; 12-17-09; Arrestee: Jordan Castophney, Age 19
-Dominos; 330 N Wasatch Ave; 12-18-09; Arrestee: Jordan Castophney; Wanted: Demond Smith, Age 22.
-Dominos; 2850 S Academy Blvd #130; 01-01-10; Arrestees: Kenneth Hatcher, Age 16, Marcellus Terry, Age 21; Wanted: Bashir Ingram, Age 20.
-Subway; 3434 N Academy Blvd; 01-06-10; Arrestees: Clifford Jones-Johnson, Age 21; Wanted: Demond Smith
-Public Service Credit Union; 4750 Granby Cr; 01-11-10; Arrestee: Barron McCollum, Age 20
-McDonalds; 207 N Wasatch Ave; 01-13-10; Arrestee: Lorenzo Herrera, Age 17
-Subway; 6880 Centennial Blvd; 01-14-10; Arrestees: Clifford Jones Johnson; Wanted Demond Smith
-Subway; 6660 Delmonico Dr. #”A”; 01-14-10; ;; Wanted: Demond Smith
Papa Johns; 6660 Delmonico Dr. #”G”; 01-14-10; Wanted: Demond Smith
-The Little Market; 749 E Willamette Ave; 01-21-10; Arrestee: Lorenzo Herrera
*These suspects are all associates, and they may also be involved in several other robberies committed inside of the city, and outside of the city in El Paso and Pueblo County. CSPD Robbery Detectives are working with those authorities where similar pattern crimes are identified.
-Schlotzky’s Sandwich Shop, 1869 S. Nevada Ave, 01-28-10: Arrestee: David Larson, Age 45. Suspect tracked by officer and a K9 before being placed into custody.
-Big Bear Conoco, 1433 S. Tejon St, 01-26-10 and 01-29-10. Arrestee : Angel Rodrigo Romero, Age 27
Suspect spotted a short time after the robbery and stopped by officers, both robberies cleared.
-Arrested on 01/29/10 was Jason Lopez, Age 38, the suspect in the robbery/shooting at the Wal-Mart at 8250 Razorback Rd on January 5th.
To see pictures of all of the arrested, click on the Photos tab.