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Police searching for suspect after Fort Lewis carjacking

Meg Hilling
November 29, 2017 07:22 PM

DURANGO, Colo. -- A failed carjacking and kidnapping have law enforcement in Durango on the hunt for a suspect.

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The incident took place around 8 p.m. Monday night. Fort Lewis College Public Information Officer Mitch Davis said a man was sitting in his car outside Jones Hall, waiting to pick up a family member.

"The man in the vehicle was approached by another individual. The individual brandished a weapon," Davis said.

Police say that the armed man forced the car owner into the passenger seat, then climbed in and drove off.

"Eventually, the vehicle got stuck on some railroad tracks north of Durango," Davis said.

The owner of the vehicle then escaped, flagging down another driver and contacted authorities.

Many students at Fort Lewis College didn't become aware of the incident until Tuesday morning when the school sent a mass email detailing what had happened. Shortly thereafter, some students began to raise questions as to why the school hadn't gone into lockdown mode Monday night.

According to Davis, by the time the school became aware of the incident, it was so far off campus and a lockdown was unnecessary.

"I've heard of a lot of, like, people breaking into cars, not really carjacking or people being held at gunpoint," said one Fort Lewis College student, Katie Anderson.

Campus police, the Durango Police Department and La Plata County Sheriff's Department are all working to find the suspect. Authorities say the victim described the gunman as being in his mid-30 with multiple tattoos.  If you know anything about who that suspect might be, call police.

"Common sense plays a big part in being aware of your surroundings," Davis said. "If you see something suspicious, say something, contact the police, call 911."

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