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CSPD identifies suspect in crime spree

Posted at 2:34 PM, Sep 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-28 16:59:10-04

COLORADO SPRINGS – Colorado Springs Police have identified 30-year-old David Adkins as the man who led officers on a dangerous chase before he was brought down by a K-9 unit on Thursday.

Adkins was wanted on several felony warrants including aggravated robbery, felony theft, burglary for three cases in August as well as the September 18th aggravated robberies at the Ambassador Adult Theater and a Little Caesar’s Pizza and the attempted robbery of a Moneytree the next day.

Prior booking photo of David Adkins (Courtesy: Colorado Department of Corrections)

Adkins has a long court record dating back several years.

Officers say he is facing aggravated robbery charges in yesterday’s incident, saying he targeted a Circle K store. In addition, he’s charged with criminal mischief, vehicular eluding, reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

The chase with officers began around 8:00 a.m. after officers with the Metro Fugitive Unit and U.S. Marshals attempted to make contact with the Askins in the Palmer Park area, west of Powers. They say he took off, ramming two police cars in the process, then driving through the retaining wall at a car wash. From there, he traveled westbound. Police say at one point, we was driving southbound in the northbound lanes on Academy Blvd.

They tell News5 his driving became too “out of control,” and terminated their pursuit–but continued to track him via phone calls made to 911 about reckless driving throughout the city.

The suspect also reportedly attempted to carjack multiple vehicles. At one point, the suspect made it to the intersection of Garden of the Gods and I-25, where he struck another car.

The Suburban he was driving at the start of the chase was abandoned at Constitution and Circle with heavy damage.

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Colorado Springs Police arrested a robbery suspect who crashed during a high speed pursuit. (KOAA)

A police K9 eventually ended the pursuit. Adkins was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, however, no officers were hurt.

Adkins is the same suspect at the center of a hit and run and attempted carjacking case from April.

In that investigation, a CSPD officer was charged after firing shots at Adkins who crashed a stolen car into a fence at the Colorado Springs Airport and tried to steal an employee’s vehicle. Adkins was arrested and bonded out of jail. The officer involved was indicted on charges of assault and reckless endangerment by a grand jury. The officer involved in that case has a hearing in November.