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Colorado Springs man charged with crimes from 1992

A Colorado Springs man who allegedly fled to Canada 14 years ago to avoid being charged in connection with an armed robbery has been charged with second-degree kidnapping.

Police in Canada sent the man back to the United States after arresting him for theft. He will be transported to Colorado Springs to face the kidnapping accusation.

According to a media report, the 49-year-old man and a 47-year-old accomplice were suspects in a string of armed robberies at three different restaurants in 1992. Two of the robberies occurred on the same day while a third happened three weeks later.

In each robbery, it's alleged that a man broke into the store wearing a ski mask and brandishing a gun. Amid threats, one man robbed the safe while talking to his accomplice on a two-way radio. The accomplice was allegedly standing watch outside the restaurants while the robberies were taking place.

Employees were restrained with duct tape, gagged and forced to lie on the floor. Almost $15,000 was taken during the three robberies.

In 1993, the suspected robbers were pulled-over by police for running a stop sign. Police questioned the pair about the police scanner and tools they reportedly had in their possession. Officers were told the scanner was a gift and the tools were going to be used for a back-country ski trip.

The two were released because police felt there was not enough evidence to charge them for the robberies.

The 47-year old accomplice pled guilty to kidnapping and robbery in 1999 and was given a 12-year prison sentence.

The other suspect reportedly left for Canada in 1997 after the FBI and IRS began an investigation into his activities.

In cases similar to this, prosecutors might well have a difficult time reconstructing their case and evidence. People who claim to have witnessed events of nearly 20 years ago might not be considered credible witnesses. After all, think of how much trouble the average person has in remembering events from last year or even last month in sharp detail.

Source: KRDO: "Springs Man Faces Charges In 1992 Crimes" by Scott Harrison: Sept. 1, 2011

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