January 31, 2013
Colorado Springs police zapped a man “numerous times” Thursday after a chase that ended on the roof of a building.
It was the second police pursuit in two days where a suspect allegedly used a vehicle as a weapon against officers.
The latest incident started about 2 p.m. when police from the Sand Creek Division were dispatched to the 900 block of Yuma Street on a report of a man stealing gasoline.
As officers headed to the scene, they were advised that the suspect, identified as Mark Sticka, 45, was possibly driving a stolen vehicle. Officers saw a red Dodge pickup leaving the area and tried to pull it over but the vehicle didn’t stop.
“The suspect ultimately goes down to Willamette (Avenue) and slams on the brakes and tries to back into those officers,” police Sgt. Roger Vargason said.
Officers ended the pursuit when Sticka drove over the raised median of Platte Avenue, Vargason said. Sticka drove about 4 ½ blocks south on Yuma and ended up in the parking lot of Auto Pro Service & Repair on East Platte Place.
“As officers were arriving in the area, they saw the vehicle actually enter into this fenced lot, so they came down here to try to contain him inside, and that’s when he got on the roof,” Vargason said.
Officers followed Sticka onto the roof and tried to take him into custody, but he resisted, he said.
Sticka “was tased numerous times and then taken into custody without further force,” he said.
Vargason said Colorado Springs firefighters helped get Sticka off the roof.
“We didn’t want to try to take him down a ladder and drop him, so they came out and assisted us with that,” he said.
Sticka was taken to Memorial Hospital Central with minor injuries, “and we wanted to make sure that there wasn’t any problem with him being tased,” Vargason said. Police said Sticka was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault on a peace officer, vehicular eluding, motor vehicle theft and several misdemeanors stemming from the original call.
Police said Sticka and Ivan Commodore Stamps, a suspect in Wednesday’s carjacking, bank robbery and police pursuit, were brazen. Stamps, 46, is accused of ramming police vehicles in an attempt to escape arrest. Police said two officers suffered minor injuries.
Vargason credited local law enforcement for their professionalism and restraint.
“It’s amazing the things that people will do and the risk that they will take for property crimes,” he said. “They’re more than willing to injure other people, citizens of this city, for a property crime...To me, it’s just shocking.”
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