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Pueblo Police arrested a suspect accused of multiple attempted carjackings

PUEBLO, Colo. (KRDO) -- On August 5, 2022, in the early morning Pueblo police (PPD) responded to the 800 block of E. 4th St. on an attempted carjacking.

The suspect, identified as 28-year-old Damien Madden, pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded his keys. The victim ran from the scene with his keys and heard a “pop”. The victim was not injured.

The suspect was described as short and skinny, wearing a black shirt, with facial hair last seen running from the area.

Police located a fired .22 shell casing on the scene.

Later in the morning, PPD responded to another attempted carjacking.

The suspect asked for some “help” from the victim, according to PPD. After the victim gave the suspect some money and water the suspect demanded the keys to the victim's vehicle. PPd says the victim refused to give the suspect the vehicle keys.

The suspect then shot his handgun in the air. The victim ran from the scene and the suspect chased. Madden then hit the victim with the handgun. The victim sustained minor injuries says PPD. The victim indicated to police that the handgun was possibly a pellet gun.

When PPD arrived, another citizen was detaining the suspect in a restroom at the lake.

According to PPD, when they attempted to arrest the suspect, a firearm struggle occurred and police realized the handgun was not a pellet gun.

Police say that at one point during the struggle the suspect pointed his handgun at a police officer and threatened to kill the officer. The officer removed his handgun while seeking cover from the suspect. The suspect did not fire his weapon. Officers established a perimeter and after using less-lethal tools were able to take the suspect into custody.

Police say that Madden was identified as being the suspect in both attempted carjackings. Madden had changed his clothing and shaved prior to committing the second attempted carjacking.

Madden was charged with 1st degree Attempted Aggravated Robbery 2x, Attempted 1st degree Assault, Possession of a Weapon by Previous Offender (POWPO) x2, Restraining Order Violation, and Resisting Arrest. Madden was arrested on warrants for Failure to Appear-Traffic Offense and 2nd Degree Burglary.

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