After more than three weeks on the run, Corey Handy was arrested Tuesday in New Mexico. He was wanted for allegedly kidnapping his girlfriend, then trying to shoot her and others when she escaped.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office says deputies received a tip that Handy was in New Mexico and they distributed his picture to law enforcement agencies in the Albuquerque area. Tuesday evening a police officer from the Village of Corrales recognized him at a gas station.
When other officer arrived, Handy attempted to run. Officers and a helicopter caught him a short distance away and report that he was combative upon arrest.
For the first time his sister, Crystal Stratton, is speaking out. She says the news her brother is no longer on the run is a relief.
"We don’t condone anything he did; there is no reason to shoot at anybody, there’s no reason to hurt anyone,” Stratton said.
On August 10, Handy allegedly kidnapped his girlfriend at gunpoint. She jumped out of the car and was picked up by a passerby just moments before police say Handy opened fire.
When his girlfriend ran up to the other car, she reportedly said, “He is going to kill me.”
The driver of that car talked only with 11 News about what happened. The news of Handy's arrest brings her a sense of relief.
"I was always looking in cars when I went by and had a little bit of trouble sleeping," she told 11 News Wednesday.
She recalled seeing Handy's girlfriend the day the couple's fight spilled into the street.
"A young girl on the side of the road," she said. "I wasn't going to leave her there."
Her vehicle was peppered with bullets that nearly hit her young son, who was also in the car that day. Her concern now is for the man she thinks pulled the trigger.
"I hope he gets the help he needs, and so does [his girlfriend], and that their families can get through this," she said.
Handy is being held in the Sandoval County Detention Center in Corrales, while the El Paso County District Attorney’s Office was handling the extradition process. He will be brought back to Colorado to face charges of criminal attempted murder in the first degree, first degree kidnapping and child abuse.
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Attempted Murder Suspect Still Missing After Possible Sightings
The man wanted for reportedly shooting at his girlfriend and a good Samaritan with her two kids was possibly seen Sunday night around 8:30 p.m. But when Colorado Springs police went to St. Vrain and Union, they couldn't find him.
Police received two calls from people near that area saying they saw Corey Handy. Investigators are asking the public to be on the lookout for him.
Earlier this week, 11 News told you about Corey Handy. In an arrest warrant, a mother was driving her two young children to school when a kidnapping victim came running over and said, “He is going to kill me.” Just moments later, Corey Handy allegedly opened fire, according to that arrest warrant.
Thanks to three anonymous tips, El Paso County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve found all three of the vehicles associated with Handy this week. He remains on the loose as of Sunday night.
According to the warrant, the victim says the saga began August 9 because Handy was upset at her for going out without him.
Around 3 a.m., while at home, the victim spoke to Handy on the phone and agreed to pick him up. While she drove, however, she recognized Handy following her on his black Kawasaki Ninja motorcycle.
The victim stopped once at a gas station, where she spoke to Handy and agreed to follow him to his home so he could drop off his motorcycle. But she stopped again when she made a wrong turn along the way.
At this point, Handy approached the car with a handgun concealed inside his yellow motorcycle helmet and demanded to be allowed to drive.
While behind the wheel of the victim’s 1997 Honda Civic, Handy allegedly told the victim that “someone was going to die.”
According to the warrant, Handy punched the woman in the face before saying he was either going to kill her or she was going to kill him. He even handed her the gun and told her to decide, but she began to cry. He snatched the gun back and held it to his own head several times while the victim protested.
Later, as the car was headed east on Constitution Avenue approaching Marksheffel Road, Handy demanded the victim’s cell phone. While he was trying to unlock it, she unlocked the doors and jumped out.
According to the arrest warrant, she ran over to a car containing a young family and said, “He is going to kill me.”
The mother allowed the victim to climb into the rear passenger seat with her 5-year-old son.
At that point, Handy made a U-turn and the mother ran a red light as she tried to get away. While Handy pursued them, he allegedly fired the pistol. No one was injured by those shots, but the car was hit five times in the rear driver-side door.
After firing, Handy continued westbound on Constitution, while the victims went to the parking lot of a local church to call 911.
The warrant for Handy’s arrest charges him with kidnapping, four counts of attempted first-degree murder, aggravated motor vehicle theft, felony menacing, assault, two counts of child abuse and four counts of reckless endangerment. Additionally, Handy has an open warrant from January for domestic violence and menacing charges; a weapons charge for reckless endangerment from May, when he was allegedly drunk with a gun; and marijuana charges.
Since the incident, he has only been spotted once. At that time, he was driving a green 1997 Dodge pickup.
Thanks to three anonymous tips, El Paso County Sheriff’s detectives say they’ve found all three of the vehicles associated with Cory Handy.
While Handy remains on the loose, deputies say he is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone who sees him or has information about his whereabouts is asked to call Detective Ralph Losasso at 719-492-6670. You can also call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP.