Violent crimes are up across the country. That includes murders, rapes, and robberies. Colorado Springs falls under the national trend, but police said the numbers aren't significant like the rest of the country's.
Comparing 2005 to 2006 from January to June, rape is up 6%. But, that number only equates to 8 additional victims. Murder is up 16%, but that's only more murder than last year. What cops are really worried about is robberies. We've already surpassed last year's total of 440.
“I was terrified, I was terrified.” Those are the words from Leah Swett, a manager at Louie’s Pizza. It marks about the 500th robbery this year in the Springs.
She said about an hour before closing time, the unimaginable happened. "This guy comes in, shows a gun, chambers a round and tells me to give his money." Leah gave him all the cash in the drawer. Her story is like so many other victims.
Already this year, there have been 497 robberies in the Springs, up 52% from last year. By definition, a robbery is unlawfully taking property from someone else using violence or intimidation. And that, what Leah told us, was the scariest part of all. "Not knowing what he was thinking and not knowing what he was going to do."
Cops said they don't know why the rash of robberies or what the driving factor is, but they hope more people don't become victim to a crime that can be a real-life nightmare.
Police said the man who robbed Louie’s Pizza is also suspected in other robberies. He's described as a white male, in his mid 20's, about 160 pounds with long blonde hair pulled back in a pony tail.
If you know anything about this robbery or any others, call Crime Stoppers at 634-STOP in Colorado Springs or at 542-STOP in Pueblo.
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