Colorado city to pay $325,000 for unlawful search and seizure

CBS Denver

AURORA, Colo. (KKTV) - An attempt to locate a bank robbery suspect is costing the city of Aurora $325,000.

The city agreed to settle a lawsuit brought forth by people who were detained at an intersection while police tried to find a man who robbed a nearby bank. Some motorists were approached at gunpoint by police following the robbery, handcuffed and made to wait two hours before the scene was cleared.

Stacks of money stolen from the bank contained a GPS tracking device that led police to the intersection. When police arrived in the area, they weren't able to use GPS to specifically pinpoint the suspected criminal. That's when officers began detaining drivers in the area in an attempt to locate the suspect.

Nearly 30 people were ordered out of their cars. Police eventually located a suspect in one of the vehicles.

Attorney David Lane, who represented the 14 plaintiffs, says the settlement was reached Thursday. The 14 sued the city for unlawful search and seizure after the June 2012 incident.