Update to Home Invasion Robbery
Erie, Colorado – Monday, September 30 - On Sunday, September 29, there was a home invasion robbery in the 100 block of Painted Horse Way, in the Erie Highlands subdivision (south of Erie Parkway and west of County Road 5). Fortunately, no one was injured. This is a shocking occurrence for our tight-knit community and has created much concern. The Erie Police Department would like to thank the community for that concern during this ongoing investigation.
We have a few updates to provide that we could not previously release without compromising the ongoing investigation. You may also watch the Facebook live video
• A home invasion Robbery in the 100 block of Painted Horse Way was called in as a 9-1-1 at 4:45 a.m. Officers were dispatched at 4:48 a.m. and arrived on-scene at 4:50 a.m..
• More than an hour and a half earlier, at 2:59 AM dispatch had aired a cold suspicious incident in the 400 block of Painted Horse Way, which came in on the non-emergency line.
• Also at 2:59 a.m., EPD officers began conducting a DUI investigation on Highway 52. A supervisor called the reporting party who wanted to report suspicious activity - a window screen had been removed and a back gate was open. The supervisor explained he would be in contact in approximately 20 minutes.
• Through the course of the investigation we have learned that 33 minutes before the first suspicious activity call came in (at 2:59 a.m.), the motion alarm was triggered inside the residence of the home in the 100 block of Painted Horse Way at 2:26 a.m.
• The armed and masked suspects made entry and confronted the victims in the home. They did, in fact forcibly remove the couple from the residence and demanded withdrawals from the victim’s bank. The victims were returned home by the suspects at 4:01 AM and the suspects left the residence approximately 10 minutes later.
• The victim’s phones were taken by the suspects. The victims were not able to call 911 until 4:45 a.m. when they went to a friend’s home for help.
• In total, five homes had their window screens removed. The last of which was the residence where the home invasion robbery occurred.
• Also, an unlocked vehicle was entered by the suspects, across the street from the home invasion robbery.
• The FBI, the Boulder County Computer Forensic Unit, and the Boulder County Victim Advocates have been assisting with the case since early Sunday morning.
• We are confident the suspects will be identified and arrested.
• We encourage residents to lock all doors and windows.
We appreciate any tips and are especially grateful for reports of suspicious activity. Trust your gut, listen to your instincts and call us! For emergencies call 9-1-1 and for non-emergencies call 303-441-4444.
The men and women of the Erie Police Department are proud to serve and protect this community with honor and appreciate your continued support. This is a traumatic event, which is uncommon in Erie and should not be taken lightly. Please watch after your families and neighbors and report suspicious activity.