Robber steals car from garage, drags woman in attempt to get away

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KKTV) - One local family is dealing with the aftermath of a terrifying situation.

Garage where theft occurred, Feb. 9, 2017.

Colorado Springs police were called to Commons Road, which is near Mesa Road and West Uintah Street just after 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

According to the investigation, a robber was in the garage area of a family's home when the teenage son was returning home and caught the suspect.

The teen rushed to tell his parents about the burglar.

“I was already arguably panicked when my son came in and said somebody was inside the garage," said the homeowner Brian Matthiesen. "I was expecting this person working his way into the house opposed to the vehicle.”

At that point, the mother confronted the suspect, who managed to get inside the family's car. The robber then tried to drive off, when police say the mother was caught in the open window and was dragged by the car.

The victim's husband then fired a handgun at the suspect to try to save his wife from getting ran over by the vehicle.

"He [the suspect] had the vehicle started and started to back in out of the garage," said Matthiesen. "My wife kind of got thrown to the side as he was backing out and then I fired four shots into the windshield.”

His wife miraculously managed to escape the moving car without any injuries.

“I was trying to get my mental focus, my mental game on and try to mitigate the situation," Matthiesen explained. "But of course once I saw my wife significantly in danger, possibly getting run over by the vehicle, I focused on her safety, my son’s safety. Anytime you’re utilizing a weapon to defend your life, you need to make sure there’s nothing else that’s going to happen.”

At this time, there is no suspect description.

“I’m absolutely shocked that not only would this happen to me personally, but to this neighborhood, to my house,” exclaimed Matthiesen.

Matthiesen says everyone is doing well.

“We always try to make sure we go out of the house saying I love you everyday and this is just going to solidify and continue that,” said Matthiesen.

If anyone has information on the burglary, call police at 719-444-7000 or remain anonymous through Crime Stoppers at 719-634-STOP.