Police: Village Seven Suspects May Have Been Identified

By: David Nancarrow/KKTV
By: David Nancarrow/KKTV

Police now believe they have identified the suspects behind a series of armed hold-ups in the Village Seven area.

Previously, police had released vague descriptions of the suspects seen roaming a northeast Colorado Springs neighborhood trying to rob people at gunpoint. Twice within seven days two men accosted pedestrians in the Village Seven neighborhood, first striking on April 11 and then again on April 18.

Late Tuesday night, the suspects struck for the third time, robbing a 20-year-old at gunpoint on Academy and Carefree. The suspects got away with numerous personal items and cash, but the victim managed to get a license plate number as the suspects sped away. Officers later located the vehicle at a nearby liquor store. The vehicle has been collected for evidence.

Police say Wednesday that the occupants associated with the vehicle, a white Chevy Caprice, were positively identified in connection to the armed robbery Tuesday night, and possibly additional crimes. Arrests have not yet been made.

Residents in the area spoke with 11 News about the series of armed robberies in the area.

"It's kind of scary, disappointing," Anna Hodges, a longtime Village Seven resident, said. If she'd been watching at the right time, Hodges might have seen a stickup from her front window.

Someone did see what happened at South Carefree Circle and Avondale Drive on April 11. At about 10 p.m. that night, two men pulled a gun on a 19-year-old who was walking his bike. The men ran off when they were seen by a passing driver.

"It makes me think we're going to keep our eyes open and be more careful," Hodges said.

The second attempt happened a few blocks away on North Carefree Circle near Picturesque Circle. Police say a 41-year-old man was walking home from work on April 18. He was met by two men only a short distance from where Austin Eli works every day.

"I would never do that,” she said. “Not in this neighborhood. Absolutely not."

In both cases there were two men involved in the holdup. At least one of them carried a gun. On April 18 the man walking home from work refused to cooperate and started swinging his backpack at the men and they ran off. Police dispatched a K9 officer to the scene and report they found some evidence linked to the suspects.

Eli told 11 News both incidents remind her to stay vigilant at all times. “I have a concealed carry permit,” she said. “I keep my door locked."

She also steers clear of the neighborhood streets after dark.

Police had previously released descriptions of the suspects indicating they could be black men 20-30 years of age. They wore dark-colored hoodies and have slim builds. Police are not releasing the names of the men they believe are connected to these robberies at this time.

Anyone with information about these cases is encouraged to call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.

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  • by whaaaat!!! on Apr 20, 2011 at 02:08 PM
    @What, are you kidding? Sad troll is sad. 1. What if the stats are true? What does that prove? A: Then they are true? Duh?!? The proof is in the stats…when true! 2. How do u suggest fixing the problem? A: Every properly trained law abiding citizen should pack a handgun. 3. Maybe there's more behind the stats, like poverty, poor schools, lack of jobs. A: So it’s someone else’s fault when a person commits crime. Typical response. 4. Face it, crime pays, no matter what your race is. A: See response number 2. Those of us that care for civility should make crime too expensive to try!
  • by What on Apr 20, 2011 at 11:30 AM
    What if the stats are true? What does that prove? How do u suggest fixing the problem? Maybe there's more behind the stats, like poverty, poor schools, lack of jobs. Face it, crime pays, no matter what your race is.
  • by james on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    of course even though this is a factual study someone will say something to try and disprove it.. http://www.colorofcrime.com/colorofcrime2005.pdf
  • by Bert Location: West Side on Apr 20, 2011 at 10:05 AM
    Why is it if someone says something about a group of people they are low class and racist, but if they use facts and statistics to prove their point they are still a racist. What do we just have to say a non illegal or is that still to much for you. Gail arrests may be pending due to the law and other legal things where people are to be considered innocent until proven guilty. Then we should hang them.
  • by what Location: cs on Apr 20, 2011 at 09:20 AM
    thanks for the meaningless stats tyler, find something better to do with your time. it looks like you are low class too, perfect for this low class city
  • by Tyler Location: COS on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    About 10.4% of the entire African-American male population in the United States aged 25 to 29 was incarcerated, by far the largest racial or ethnic group—by comparison, 2.4% of Hispanic men and 1.2% of white men in that same age group were incarcerated. According to a report by the Justice Policy Institute in 2002, the number of black men in prison has grown to five times the rate it was twenty years ago. Today, more African-American men are in jail than in college. In 2000 there were 791,600 black men in prison and 603,032 enrolled in college. In 1980, there were 143,000 black men in prison and 463,700 enrolled in college.
  • by bill Location: CS on Apr 20, 2011 at 08:39 AM
    another low class neighborhood with increasing crime, heck the entire city is low class anymore, colorado springs is going down the toilet, get out before it gets worse
  • by Gail on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:40 AM
    "positively identified in connection to the armed robbery ... Arrests have not yet been made." Why have they not arrested them?
  • by V7 Resident Location: C/S on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    I hope they catch them and send them away for a long time...V7 is a very quiet area with next to no crime. Their is a lot of retired and family orientated people their who also know how to utilize their home defense items.
  • by curious on Apr 20, 2011 at 07:13 AM
    I wonder why there arent any of the comments of "oh only south springs" made here? Things like this happen everywhere fr every aspect of life. I hate to look the comments and many people have alot to say when it has to do with south springs or minorities. The prison walls hold every walk of life!!!
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