One Person in Custody Following Attempted Car Theft
The Littleton Police Department (LPD) responded to a call of attempted theft at CARMAX, in the 5800 block of South Broadway this morning, at 3:33 a.m. Officers were told that a livestream video surveillance captured two people attempting to steal lockboxes off the vehicles which contained keys for the cars.
When officers arrived to the lot, the two suspects attempted to run and hide between the cars. One female suspect, who was later identified as 24-year-old, Asianna Buck Elk Thunder, was detained on the scene.
The other male suspect entered a Kia Optima, that was later determined to be stolen out of Denver, and drove off. Moments later an officer in a clearly marked patrol car was struck by the fleeing suspect around 191 East Orchard Road.
Other responding officers observed the Kia traveling westbound on West Littleton Boulevard, and due to the unknown status of the officer who was struck in the patrol car, pursued it westbound on West Littleton Boulevard. As the Kia continued to flee from police, it was determined all officers were uninjured, and the pursuit was terminated.
The pursuing Littleton officer was unable to navigate a curve in the road and struck a retaining wall near Melting Pot, 2707 West Main Street.
The car the suspect was driving continued through the area and struck a curb-line at the intersection of South Santa Fe Drive and West Main Street. The car, having been in two significant crashes, was no longer operational. The suspect fled the scene on foot. The suspect was identified as a black male wearing a hoodie and a mask, concealing most of his face.
The suspect who was detained on scene, Buck Elk Thunder, was jailed on a previous felony warrant for aggravated motor vehicle theft and cited for false reporting of identifying information to law enforcement authorities, obstructing a peace officer, and criminal trespassing.
Two officers sustained minor injuries and were treated at a local hospital. The LPD traffic unit, patrol division, and investigations division are completing a thorough investigation into all portions of the event. The LPD is asking anyone with information about this event to call 303-794-1551 and speak to the lead investigator, Detective Adam Alderson.