Ryan Stone
Ryan Stone

A 4-year-old boy who was in the back of an SUV stolen from a Longmont gas station at 6:20 a.m. Wednesday is reportedly safe after he was abandoned along with the vehicle while the suspect fled with police in pursuit, according to police.

After taking a red 2008 Ford Edge from the Bradley gas station at 1750 Main St. the carjacker -- identified by Longmont police as Ryan Stone -- stole two other vehicles before being arrested at 8:07 a.m. in Lone Tree, after a short foot pursuit near Peoria Avenue and Lincoln Boulevard.

The Ford Edge headed out of Longmont and south on Interstate 25 at dangerously high speeds and got off the highway at Thornton Parkway, according to video footage provided by a 7NEWS television helicopter.

A woman flees after a carjacking suspect entered her vehicle on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.
A woman flees after a carjacking suspect entered her vehicle on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (7News)
According to Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur, the boy's mother reported the carjacking but did not have license plate information on her vehicle. Police looked it up and aired it to other agencies. A Colorado State Patrol trooper found the car traveling southbound on Interstate 25 in the Dacono area and gave chase. However, the trooper ended the chase when the driver started driving too dangerously. The news helicopter picked it up in the north metro Denver area and continued to follow it. 

Satur stayed on the phone with an employee of 7News, who kept him up to date on the suspect's location. Satur said the driver traveled from the Thornton area, south to Arvada, and then picked up Interstate 76 northbound. Along the route in the Brighton area, he ditched the red SUV with the child inside and carjacked a gold minivan and continued to flee, headed through Aurora and to the Centennial area. About 8:05 a.m., he crashed the minivan, briefly got out, got back in and rode the damaged vehicle unitl he crashed into and stopped a silver sedan. He pulled the driver out and continued to flee. He crashed in Lone Tree, got out and ran away. Officers there were able to stop him and arrest him.
Authorities corner and arrest the suspect in a multiple=
Authorities corner and arrest the suspect in a multiple carjackings and chase that started in Longmont, Colorado, Wednesday, March 12, 2014. (7News)
 Douglas County has the driver in custody.

Satur said the driver was taken to Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree for treatment of injuries he suffered during his flight. Longmont detectives are headed there to speak with him.

Brighton police are reuniting the boy, Allen Chavarria-Rodriguez, with his parents.

"The kid is OK," said Trooper Nate Reid, a Colorado State Patrol spokesman.

Satur said Stone is not from Longmont and police do not yet know why he was in the city. He said a woman identified as Stone's girlfriend was arrested in Longmont overnight with a stolen vehicle out of Arapahoe County. She identified Stone to police and said he stole the vehicle she was found with.

"The two DAs (in Boulder and Douglas counties) will be discussing how the prosecution will take place, but from a law enforcement perspective, he will be incarcerated in Douglas County, said Douglas County Undersheriff Tony Spurlock during a televised press conference on Wednesday morning.

"I think the officers did exactly what we should have done," Spurlock said.

Officers listened to KOA radio live as helicopters followed, helping police as they worked ahead of the chase.

"The air support was critical," said Douglas County Sheriff David Weaver

"This individual was very dangerous, he has been sought by law enforcement before and he obviously did not want to be taken into custody," Spurlock said.

A Colorado State Patrol trooper was reportedly seriously injured during the pursuit. The Associated Press is reporting that the trooper was attempting to put down stop sticks in the vehicle's path and he was struck. No one else was hurt.

Stone has a lengthy criminal history and was wanted on a felony drug warrant when he was arrested. Court records show he was wanted on a warrant with a $100,000 bond for failing to appear in court in Aurora on March 4 on drug and traffic charges. He was sentenced to five years in prison in 2007 in a felony criminal mischief conviction in Douglas County. In 2006, he was found guilty of felony drug possession, his record shows. Court documents also list a number of other arrests.