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The man accused of leading Springs police on a chase after committing several alleged robberies will be in court Thursday for a preliminary hearing.
Ivan Commodore Stamps, 46, faces several charges after police say he went on a crime spree back in January. Stamps is charged with aggravated robbery, three counts of first-degree assault, attempt to influence a public servant and attempted robbery.
Court papers obtained by 11 News indicate Stamps lied during initial questioning, first about what happened, and then about his identity.
Police say the crime spree started on January 30th, when a Colorado state trooper tried to pull over a Subaru without plates near Powers and Platte in Colorado Springs. The driver wouldn't stop and started driving into a nearby field. He reportedly blew a tire trying to get away, disabling the Subaru.
Police said after the crash Stamps tried to carjack a man at a Loaf N' Jug store but the man refused to give Stamps his vehicle. The suspect then reportedly approached a woman in a white Nissan X-Terra at gunpoint and stole her vehicle.
Minutes later, police say Stamps tried unsuccessfully to rob the TCF Bank near Powers and Constitution. Workers at the bank locked themselves in the back room while he tried to hold up the place.
"That was good timing," said Rachael Connell, who showed up moments after the attempted robbery. "I don't want to get crashed into by a guy or robbed or held up at gunpoint or anything like that."
Witnesses say he did not get away with any money.
Police trapped Stamps near Powers and Carefree. The suspect rammed a police car in front of him, then put it in reverse and hit the police car behind him. Another officer was able to detain him at that scene.
"I wish it wasn't here," said Hannah Taque, who works nearby. "I wish it wasn't in Colorado. I want Colorado to be a safe place and don't want things to happen where there's a lot of kids."
According to a probable cause affidavit, after police read him his rights, Stamps told investigators he took an SUV that was left running and then went to the bank to get change, but no one would help him.
Stamps also gave investigators a fake name. Police later found his picture on record when they took his fingerprints. Stamps has a very lengthy criminal background and served time for robbery and other crimes in Colorado Springs. He was out on parole when he was arrested.
CSPD confirmed Stamps is a suspect in two other robberies the weekend before: King Soopers grocery store on 6030 Stetson Hills Blvd. and Joann Fabrics on 3795 Bloomington St. Police say the getaway vehicle matches a vehicle that was also carjacked that same day in the area of Palmer Park Boulevard and Potter Drive.