An assault rifle, four robberies, and an officer-involved car accident — it isn’t a crime show, but rather last Tuesday night in Colorado Springs.
A man wielding an assault rifle committed four robberies, inuring several of the victims in the process, before police arrested him, police said.
Noe Robledo-Flores, 22, was wanted for a felony when he went on a violent rampage, injuring citizens and a police offer, before his eventual arrest.
The previous warrant for his arrest was related to what police will only describe as “violent crimes.”
Robledo-Flores began his spree on Tuesday night by pulling out an assault rifle, punching an unnamed man in the face, and stealing his cell phone. The robbery occurred at the 1100 block of Mazatlan Circle, about eight miles southeast of campus.
Police were dispatched when the victim reported the robbery, only to receive another report of armed robbery in the vicinity. Robledo-Flores had driven about a mile south of his first crime to the Vista Verde Apartments, a low-rise located at 3620 Verde Dr. There, he pointed the rifle at an unnamed man, before striking him with the gun, police said.
The victim was moved to Memorial Hospital and has since been released.
Before Robledo-Flores left the apartment complex’s parking lot, an unnamed woman pulled up in her car. The suspect opened the woman’s door, brandished the gun, and demanded money.
He took her purse before getting into his own car and driving away. She reported that the suspect drove away in a maroon sedan. While police searched for the car, they received a call from the Dollar Tree store, on the 8oo block of N. Academy Boulevard.
A man had shattered one of the store’s glass doors, attempted to steal a number of items, and threatened to “run the employee over with his car,” police said. Someone at the store recorded the man’s license plate number, which police linked to a maroon Pontiac that had previously been reported stolen, police said.
Officers located the vehicle and followed it from N. Murray Boulevard to E. Platte Ave., where it ran a red light. Eventually, the car pulled into a house at the 3600 block of E. Michigan Ave., four miles southeast of campus, police said.
Robledo-Flores didn’t resist arrest and was taken into police custody. Items linking him to the earlier robberies were found in the car.
An officer attempting to respond to the scene was involved in an accident with a passenger vehicle on Platte Avenue. The officer and occupants of vehicle involved were injured, but have been released from the hospital.
Robledo-Flores was moved to the Criminal Justice Center and, in addition to his earlier violent crimes charges, will face charges including burglary, assault, theft, criminal mischief, DUI, and eluding arrest.