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Man indicted in connection to crime spree in Colorado Springs

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A federal grand jury indicted a 37-year-old man in connection to drug and gun related crimes as well as a police chase in Colorado Springs last May. 

The grand jury indicted Miguel Lerma Cruz, who's suspected of ramming into a Colorado Springs police car and leading police on a long chase through areas of downtown Colorado Springs on May 29. 

Court documents said police responded on that day on a report of a man threatening her husband at the El Ranchito Meat Market on that day. When police arrived, a man driving a Dodge Ram truck rammed into a Springs Police car. The driver, who police said was Cruz, led police on a high speed pursuit when he drove through a red light and hit two vehicles, one of which had two elderly people inside. Authorities said both of them were injured.

Police said Cruz then threatened a woman driving an Acura with an "assault type rifle" and then stole her car. He was able to get away from police after stealing the Acura.

Investigators searched the Dodge truck and found a stolen handgun, 289 grams of heroin, about 662 grams of methamphetamine as well as $30,000. Investigators also found more weapons and ammunition in another car Cruz owned, which was also parked in the parking lot of the Meat market.

Authorities said they also found shell casings tied to a shooting that had happened the month before.

Police arrested Cruz on June 1 and recovered an AK-47 rifle. Authorities said he had prior convictions for attempt for distribute heroin, distribution of a schedule 1 controlled substance as well as assault. They also said he had three other cases pending in Colorado state court on drug, gun and assault charges. He had also been convicted of trafficking a controlled substance in Nevada.

Cruz now faces two counts of possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, one count of use, carry and possess a firearm during a drug trafficking crime, one count of use, carry, possess and brandish a firearm during a drug trafficking crime carjacking, and possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. 

If convicted of all counts, the defendant faces a mandatory minimum of 32 years in federal prison.

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