Suspect in custody after Fort Lewis College carjacking

Meg Hilling
December 06, 2017 10:00 PM

DURANGO, Colo. -- Law enforcement in Durango took a 25-year-old man into custody in relation a carjacking and kidnapping that took place at Fort Lewis College on Nov. 27.


The suspect, Chase Brassard, allegedly approached the driver of a parked vehicle outside Jones Hall around 8 p.m. that night, flashed a gun and ordered the driver to move into the other seat. The driver was waiting to pick up a family member.

Police say Brassard reported to have then entered the vehicle and take off at high speeds down the road, away from the college.

Racing through Durango northbound, court documents state Brassard began to express suicidal thoughts to the owner of the vehicle will driving, and he fired off a shot from the gun.

When the vehicle got stuck on the Durango Silverton Narrow Gauge tracks, the carjacking reportedly ended. Police say Brassard then walked along the tracks with the owner of the vehicle before taking off in different directions. The owner then flagged down help.

Brassard faces charges second-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, menacing, possession of weapon by previous offenders, and aggravated motor vehicle theft. His bail is set at $50,000.

Following the incident, Fort Lewis College reminded students to keep their vehicles locked and be aware.


Meg Hilling

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