Boulder rec center robbery suspect accused in Denver crime spree

KUSA - Boulder Police say they’ve identified the man suspected of robbing a woman at gunpoint outside the North Boulder Recreation Center earlier this month – and they believe he’s also the suspect in an armed robbery in Denver. 

This comes after a woman told Boulder Police that as she was leaving the rec center the night of Nov. 6, she heard footsteps and saw a man running toward her with a gun. She told investigators she fell to the ground and used her purse to cover her body as the man grabbed her hair, slammed her head on the pavement and took her purse before leaving in a dark-colored sedan. 

Boulder Police said they’ve identified the suspect in the case as 23-year-old Blake Newton.

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Earlier this week, Newton was named a suspect in an armed robbery that occurred at a Denver gas station during the early morning hours of Nov. 8. According to a police report, after grabbing a gallon of milk and some kids drinks, he’s accused of going to the counter and demanding that the cashier give him all of the cash inside the store. 

Denver Police say Newton threatened the cashier with a black and silver pistol and ordered him to lay on the floor while he escaped. 

Newton was last seen in the area of 40th Street and Sheridan Boulevard, according to Denver Police. On Monday, officers established a secure perimeter near West 41st Avenue and Wolff Street to search for him, but he was never located. 

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