A Colorado alleged triple carjacker appeared in court on Wednesday on multiple charges including attempted murder. He is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on May 29. In the meantime, he is being held on a $3.5 million bond.
Some have compared the morning rush hour carjacking and police chase near Denver to a real-life version of Grand Theft Auto.
According to multiple media accounts, the suspect is identified as Ryan Stone, 28, who had a busy morning on March 12 during the chase that covered about 75 miles. “Prosecutors allege that Stone is the man who stole a sport utility vehicle at a gas station in Longmont with a 4-year-old boy and his teddy bear inside on the morning of March 12. That triggered an Amber Alert and set off an hourlong chase during which the man carjacked two other vehicles, rammed several more cars and ran over a state trooper — as horrified Coloradans watched much of it on live TV.” He was subsequently apprehended after a foot pursuit with cops after abandoning a crashed vehicle.
Reportedly the suspect has a long rap sheet and has at least one outstanding warrant for failing to appear for a March 4 court hearing in connection with a drug charge.
He now faces 26 counts including attempted murder, kidnapping, assault, hit and run, and robbery. “If convicted, Stone could face a minimum of 16 years in prison and a maximum of 96 years or more, based in part on sentence enhancers.”
Said Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver, “This is a strange and crazy morning in Colorado.” None of the victims, other than the state trooper, suffered any injuries fortunately. The trooper is expected to fully recover after surgery.
About the chase, Undersheriff Tony Spurlock added that “What we were trying to do was make sure citizens were safe but we could still apprehend this guy. He was not going to stop committing crimes.”