6th suspect tied to crime spree taken into custody

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - Residents in Peyton south of Highway 24 were on high alert as a teen tied to a number of crimes was running from authorities. Thursday afternoon, the El Paso County Sheriff's Office reported he has been taken into custody and will be facing a number of charges.

He was found in a Stetson Hills neighborhood and is suspected of burglarizing several homes. Authorities say he stole his parents' vehicle trying to avoid arrest.

The El Paso County Sheriff's Office confirmed to 11 News he is one of six juveniles in custody tied to several crimes, including a kidnapping near Sand Creek High School and a carjacking in the Falcon area on Tuesday. 11 News learned Wednesday night investigators are also linking these suspects to a number of other robberies, burglaries and car thefts in El Paso County this week.

The six started their crime spree Monday but drew the attention of law enforcement Tuesday following a wild morning that saw them kidnap a 15-year-old girl in a stolen maroon SUV, then drive to the Falcon area and steal a second car at gunpoint. The victims in the carjacking told 11 News they were taking down Christmas lights in their yard when two males wearing masks and carrying guns forced them to hand over their Mercedes. Afterwards, surveillance video showed the teens peeling out of the neighborhood in the two poached vehicles.

The Mercedes was later located less than a mile from where it was stolen.

"A few minutes [after the carjacking], we had a citizen call. They had located the car abandoned on the side of the road down here behind the Falcon Safeway," said Sgt. Greg White with the El Paso County Sheriff's Office.

But the suspects were originally nowhere to be found. The sheriff's office issued a statement advising everyone in Peyton/Falcon area to be vigilant while the armed and dangerous teens remained on the loose.

One teen was found and taken into custody Tuesday, but the details of his arrest aren't clear. Springs police also confirmed the 15-year-old kidnapping victim was found within a few hours after she was forced into a stolen vehicle and has since been reunited with her family.

"She is safe. She is absolutely safe. ... The most important part of this investigation, I'm happy to report, that the female has been safely returned to her family," said CSPD Lt. Howard Black.

Fast forward to Wednesday, and law enforcement caught up with the remaining suspects after they crashed a third stolen car in Peyton. The group tried to run from the crash site, but with the exception of one boy, all were quickly apprehended by sheriff's deputies.

The sixth teen was found Thursday in the Stetson Hills area in Colorado Springs.

The maroon SUV was found in Colorado Springs Wednesday prior to the arrests. 11 News has learned the vehicle matches the same description as a suspect vehicle in a drive-by shooting just a few blocks from Sand Creek High School, but law enforcement have not confirmed if this too was part of the 48-hour crime spree.