Mother's Car Found After Being Stolen at Gunpoint; Suspect Gets Away

By: Rick Montanez/Mindy Stone Email
By: Rick Montanez/Mindy Stone Email
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A Colorado Springs woman was carjacked at gunpoint Wednesday afternoon when she was trying to visit with a client. Early Thursday morning, police found the stolen SUV. But the suspect is still on the loose.

11 News spoke with the victim Thursday afternoon. Karen Arizpe says she has mixed emotions about police finding her car.

Arizpe says she got a call from police around 6 a.m. saying that her 2000 Jeep Cherokee Laredo had been recovered, but she also found out that she can't drive her SUV because it was damaged when the suspect rammed into a police car.

"I was happy. But then they told me I can't drive it no more. I have to wait for my insurance. Then I was not happy because they didn't find the man who took it. He ran," said Arizpe.

Police aren't sure if it's the same man who initially stole the SUV from the Sierra Pointe Condo complex on the corner of Van Teylingen Drive and Rebecca Lane just southwest of Academy and Austin Bluffs in Colorado Springs. It all happened in broad daylight on Wednesday.

"I was just parking right here," said Karen Arizpe. "He just grabbed me from here, and said get off right now."

Arizpe jumped out her of Jeep, then ran down the parking lot to call for help.

"It was really scary,” she said. The crook sped off in the SUV, driving away with the only thing Arizpe has to get her to work. "That's the only [car] I had,” Arizpe said. “And I need it, bad."

On Thursday morning, Colorado Springs police spotted the car on the 300 block of North Logan around 4 a.m. Police say the suspect rammed into a patrol car and another parked car before he jumped out of the car and took off running on foot.

The suspect was able to get away. He's described as a 25-year-old black or Hispanic man, 5'10" tall.

Despite this setback, she’s looking on the bright side, because she was able to get away without getting hurt. "My car, I might get it back or not. I don't know, but I just thank God nothing happened to me," she said.

Arizpe has canceled all her credit and debit cards and needs to get a new identification card because her purse was still in the Jeep when it was stolen.

On Thursday, she told 11 News that police were not able to locate her purse inside the SUV when it was found.

If you have information about this crime you're asked to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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