STRASBURG - Thanks to a brave witness who followed an armed bank robbery suspect's vehicle from the scene, deputies from the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office were able to quickly identify the suspect and track him to a trailer park where he was later taken into custody.
The suspect eluded deputies for nearly 12 hours, engaging SWAT officers in a several-hour-long standoff and forcing deputies to set up a secured perimeter around an elementary school and a trailer park.
According to a press release issued by the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, deputies were notified of an armed bank robbery at 12:20 p.m. at the Guaranty Bank at 56540 East Colfax Avenue in Strasburg on Monday.
As deputies were responding, they were notified that a citizen witness was following a vehicle believed to be the suspect.
The witness followed the alleged suspect's vehicle to the Town of Byers where the witness saw a man get out of the car and flee on foot.
Information inside the vehicle helped deputies and troopers with the Colorado State Patrol identify the suspect as 43-year-old Timothy Patrick Richards from Byers.
Arapahoe County deputies surrounded the Byers trailer home where the bank robbery suspect barricaded himself.
After several failed attempts to communicate with Richards, deputies obtained arrest and search warrants.
At approximately 12:01 a.m. the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office SWAT team found Richards hiding in a space underneath a trailer that he accessed through a hole in the floor.
The Byers Elementary School in the 440 block of East Front Street was put on a secured perimeter for a short time during the investigation.
Richards is being held at the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office Detention Facility on suspicion of class three felonies aggravated robbery and theft and felony menacing, a class five felony.
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