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

By: Rick Montanez/Mindy Stone Email
By: Rick Montanez/Mindy Stone Email

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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  • by Anonymous Location: Sierra Pointe, Colorado Springs on Jun 11, 2010 at 09:41 AM
    The people making false comments here really need to take the time to watch the news videos. That's where the information about the suspect appearance was released along with the Crime Stoppers number. As for the claims made by Merlot Maiden about the community's HOA, videos cameras, unpaid bills, etc., they are completely false. (The security cameras are connected to a closed-circuit system owned by the property that can allow retrieval of digital data. It can only store 72 hrs. at a time and overwrites older data. It was never meant to be displayed like a WebCam on the Internet and is not monitored). What people seem to be doing here is pointing fingers at each other for a random crime that happened to this unfortunate woman. I am thankful that she only lost her purse and car and not her life. The bigger issue here is that criminals are getting bolder about committing violent crimes in broad daylight, in view of security cameras and busy neighborhoods.
  • by SP Resident Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 10, 2010 at 11:12 PM
    When I first heard about this, I was a bit frightened because I live at this condo complex. Then I read the comments here and kept seeing people refer to the security cameras as being the big issue. I don't think that the problem is whether a camera was working or not, the problem is that an armed robber pulled a woman from her car during broad daylight. I seriously doubt that a camera would have preventing the crime from occurring. @Merlot Maiden: Blaming HOA board members for a car jacking is absolutely ridiculous. The fact that you think some board member is sitting in a room watching everyone like some "Big Brother" is just moronic. Don't be an idiot! Put down your bottle and sober up! And put the blame where it properly lies--with the creep who woke up that morning and decided to rob a woman at gunpoint!
  • by Merlot Maiden Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 8, 2010 at 12:53 PM
    The cameras were designed to be posted live on the net & they were for a time. Then the HOA's new management co., Diversified,failed to pay the internet bill. (brilliant!) They haven't been on line since. Now only one board member watches the cameras. When other crimes have been committed in the parking lot, he has never produced a tape.
  • by Purple Rain on Jun 4, 2010 at 03:52 AM
    "Why don't the cops review the cameras?". Wow, what an ingenious idea! I bet that wasn't one of the first things the cops did. Glad you thought about that! I bet the cops that do that job every single day didn't even fathom the thought of reviewing the cameras! You people think you know so much about what the cops have or haven't done. Please shut up.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 3, 2010 at 06:44 PM
    Having my car broken into, along with two others same night, to a week later having my car stolen in broad day light, parked in front of my apartment complex (2pm) and seeing my CAR DRIVE OFF.. I would think that the cops would do finger prints or maybe a little more investigation into this. I live in the same area the lady does.. My personal opinion - The cops aren't going to take the time to chase down a thug that is running from them UNTIL someone gets hurt. Now I'm without a car, I'm a mother, and I work.
  • by Darla on Jun 3, 2010 at 10:48 AM
    The story says the police got the vehicle, but it fails to mention if her purse and contents were still in there. Sure would save her a ton of hassle if so.
  • by john Location: colorado springs on Jun 3, 2010 at 09:27 AM
    Most interesting to me: the article implies the guy jumped from a damaged car and outran at least two cops. I know the police wear a lot of gear, and desperation improves performance, but still.
  • by Sara Location: Van Teylingen on Jun 3, 2010 at 09:09 AM
    Why hasn't the HOA released the video tape from the cameras in the parking lot?
  • by Teresa Location: Colorado Springs on Jun 3, 2010 at 08:53 AM
    It's surprising this doesn't happen more often. Large parking lots like this is common for crooks to hang out. This parking lot has cameras - why haven't they reviewed the tape?? I'm glad this lady wasn't hurt and didn't have her child in the car at the time!!
  • by hmmm on Jun 3, 2010 at 08:35 AM
    Mother's Car Jacked? how does her being a mother make the headline? did she have child when this happened? otherwise what is the importance or purpose of adding Mother's to the headline?
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