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Colorado Springs man sees stolen vehicle, chases suspect down, holds him until police arrive

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- In another case of vigilantism gone lucky, police say a man in the Palmer Park area was able to successfully retrieve his vehicle after he saw it being stolen from the parking lot.

According to a post from CSPD, officers initially heard about the incident around 4:30 p.m. Monday as a traffic accident where one driver was holding another driver on the ground.

The officers quickly learned that wasn't the case.

CSPD says the victim in the incident saw his vehicle that was stolen from the parking lot at Candlewood Apartments on Feb. 4, so he got in another vehicle and chased the suspect down. He caught up with the car at American Drive and blocked the suspect from leaving, according to police.

The victim, who hasn't been identified, then pulled the suspect from the driver's side and held him on the ground. Police say the suspect, identified as 25-year-old Patrick Allen, tried to reach for a gun in the center console but couldn't get it before he was pulled out of the car.

Officers arrived and found Allen detained by the victim, and they took him into custody. The gun in the car was also reported stolen from a previous incident, police said.

Allen was arrested for aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of weapons by a previous offender, and multiple warrants.

KRDO crews met up with Sgt. Jason Newton to see how he feels about the victim's bold response.

"It's one of those situations where we never want to second guess the victim because there’s a lot of emotions probably going into that," Newton said.

Newton said he's happy the victim is okay, but he wouldn't advise anyone else to react this way.

"We don’t know what the suspect is thinking. We don’t know the mindset, we don’t know if they’re intoxicated, high, or anything like that, so we just want to be careful in situations," he said. "Think safety first because we want you to go home at the end of the night, and allow us to be put in the dangerous situations."

We'll have more on this story tonight on KRDO NewsChannel 13.

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  1. The Police will come back and say that he should of left it to the police.
    I hate always seeming critical of the boys in blue. So let me have a disclaimer. It is not the officers but the policies of CSPD that I am upset with. Knowing people who have been in the same situation and unfortunately myself being in a similar situation is where I speak from.
    They would of taken a report and moved on. Unless the guy crashed the vehicle or abandoned it and someone call in the abandoned car nothing would of been done. My insurance company has told me if I have another vehicle or trailer stolen to notify them immediately as they have private individuals who will search and keep a look out for the car and have a better recovery rate. They want to minimize their losses and the local PD does not do much to help at all. Sad when your insurance company tells you that.

    1. How would you feel if the victim has been shot by the suspect? That happens all too often when citizens take on criminals themselves, whether they’re armed of not. Most citizens have a conscience about shooting other people, even when it will probably be considered justified in court, while criminals don’t give a damn. And that hesitation is often long enough to cost people their lives.

  2. That’s what they been doing for way to long. Drug dealing – killing- robbing -hurting good people. I hope he gets many years.

  3. That guy was very lucky. The suspect was reaching for a gun in the console?! If the victim was a couple of seconds slower, he could be shot dead right now.

      1. By definition, vigilantism is taking the law into one’s own hands and attempting to effect justice according to one’s own understanding of right and wrong. What you had here, under the U.S. Constitution is called “a citizens arrest”.

        1. You’re right, and I stand corrected. The fact that he held the suspect and handed him over to law enforcement without apparently inflicting any “punishment” himself is the difference.

        2. …Except it’s not in the U.S. Constitution. But there is a Colorado State Statute permitting Citizen’s Arrest — CRS 16-3-201.

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