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Robbery suspect at large in Colorado Springs

This morning, a Colorado Springs credit union was robbed at gunpoint and now area police are searching for the suspect. Police were called to Ent Federal Credit Union, located on the city's north side, after a hold-up alarm was activated, but the suspect fled before they arrived.

According to a spokesperson for the city police, the robbery occurred at 10:25 a.m. today when a man with his face covered allegedly entered the bank and demanded money from a teller at gunpoint. Police say the man held up the bank with a black semi-automatic pistol.

The man then took off running down an alley, and as of this afternoon, police said he was still on the loose.

According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, this robbery makes the tenth of the year. In all of the previous robberies, arrests were made.

If someone is apprehended by authorities as a suspect, it is important that they have an experienced attorney on their side, because the penalty the person will face will be high.

Robbery is considered a violent crime because of the use of a dangerous weapon. In Colorado, violent crimes come with a mandatory prison sentence of five years to life in prison.

Because of the risk of prison time, the United States Constitution guarantees that defendants are assigned a public defender to help the defendant protect his or her rights. However, public defenders are often severely over-worked, so people who can afford to often hire criminal defense attorneys to better meet their needs as clients.

Experienced criminal law attorneys suggest that people get the advice of a lawyer before talking to prosecutors after being accused of a violent crime.

Source: The Gazette, "Springs police searching for bank robber," Lance Benzel, 4/5/2011.

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