Neighborhood Shut Down, Two Attackers Loose
Denver police went national tonight hoping someone in the public or a prison in another state would be able to lead them to Brent Brents, a recently released sexual offender suspected of sexually assaulting a grandmother and two young girls the other night in a neighborhood near downtown Denver. He's suspected of five assaults on women this week--all within a mile or so of each other.
Tonight, they thought he struck again. When police got word of an assault one block from the site of the last attack, 100 of them surrounded the home. Now, the entire neighborhood is sealed off. But, [edit: they don't know if]it's the same guy.
Tonight's guy was with a woman and fled half naked in the attacked woman's car--a gray 2004 Mazda 6 sedan with license plate 980 KLS. The woman he attacked is in the hospital. No clear word on her injuries, or whether she was sexually assaulted.
This is my neighborhood, and I'm out of coffee for the morning, but I think I'll stay by the computer and not venture out again this evening. I'd rather just broadcast the car description again, gray 2004 Mazda 6 sedan with license plate 980 KLS. If you see it, call 911.
Update: Now "200 officers, working with the FBI and police departments throughout Colorado's metro areas, are checking out up to 400 tips." There's a $40,000. reward. This report says the guy was naked when he ran out of the last house and took off in the car with his woman companion. And it might be Brent Brents after all.
Update: 10:30 pm. Haven't found him or the car yet. Seems like Brent is the only one they are looking for.
Update: Midnight: He's been captured in Garfield county -- Glenwood Springs-- in the Mazda, about 2 1/2 hours from Denver.
Brents was caught by Glenwood Springs police after a short pursuit Friday night. He was driving a Mazda 6, the vehicle taken from the victim in the latest attack. Glenwood Police say there was a woman with Brents. Her relationship to him is unknown at this time.
The Colorado Department of Transportation said Denver Police contacted them a short time ago and said they could stop flashing the highway signs asking motorists to be on the lookout for the missing Mazda.
Update: Saturday morning: Here's the story of the capture. Brents is on his way to Denver now, in police custody. Bail on one of the counts is set at $25 million. They found him by tracking the latest victim's cell phone, which he had stolen from her, up I-70 into the mountains. They notified Garfield County Sheriffs he was headed their way and after a short chase in Glenwood Springs that ended with Brents crashing the car into a police car, they nabbed him. As to his female companion, police aren't saying whether she's a kidnap victim or a friend, but she's in protective custody and injured, so I suspect the
Update on the confusion last night over whether the latest attacker was Brents or not:
Even on Friday night when a woman reported the attack at 10th and Marion, police weren't sure if they were searching for Brents or some other suspect.
"We started out thinking that it was not Brents, then we thought it was, and then we thought it wasn't, so we went back and forth on that. And we were still questioning that whole fact until Garfield County called and said they had a good ID on the suspect," Whitman said. "We continued to look for a car just like it was a felon that was fleeing an area of a crime with the hopes that it was actually Brents, and of course, it turned out to be that way."
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