Armed resident helps police catch robber

April 24, 2013
photo - Colorado Springs Police Department Photo by Michael Bass
Colorado Springs Police Department Photo by Michael Bass 

Colorado Springs police arrested an alleged robber Wednesday with the help of a resident, who they say held the man at gunpoint until officers arrived.

The robber walked into a business in the 2800 block of East Platte Avenue about 4:30 p.m., demanded money and indicated he possibly had a gun in his pocket, police said.

A man from a nearby business followed the alleged robber after he fled with an undetermined amount of money and held him at gunpoint until officers arrived two minutes later, police said.

The alleged robber, identified as 50-year-old Michael Bass, was zapped with a stun gun when he “continued to advance on an officer, yelling for the officer to shoot him,” police said in a news release.

Bass was hospitalized “after informing officers he had consumed several harmful substances prior to the robbery,” police said.

Bass will be booked into the county jail on suspicion of aggravated robbery after he’s released from the hospital, police said.

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