In just minutes of pure mayhem Thursday night in north Colorado Springs, at least two vehicles were wrecked, a good Samaritan was carjacked, a woman was assaulted and a man was attacked in a home invasion, police said.

The chaos only ended when officers arrested Liam Anderson, 22, at the home where he was in a struggle with the male resident. Anderson was taken to a local hospital with a neck injury.

According to the police report:

The incident began around 7 p.m. with a report of a crash in the 7200 block of Commerce Center Drive. Several people sought to help Anderson, who carjacked one of their vehicles.

A few minutes later, Anderson crashed the stolen vehicle near a home, tried to steal a vehicle parked in the driveway and assaulted the woman who lived there when she came out and tried to stop him. The woman was taken to a hospital with minor injuries. 

After failing to steal the vehicle in the driveway, Anderson then went into a home down the street where he attacked a man who lived there. Officers found him in the home in the 7500 block of Gillen Road still fighting with the resident and arrested him.

Anderson underwent surgery at a hospital for an unrelated throat injury. 

Police arrested Anderson on suspicion of attempted murder, first degree burglary, aggravated motor vehicle theft and reckless driving.

This is at least Anderson's second chaotic run-in with police in the past three months. 

In May, police reported that he was suspected of trying to break into homes in northeast Colorado Springs. When officers confronted him, he rammed through a fence in an attempt to flee. 

When police tried to stop him, he slammed his vehicle into a circle of cruisers multiple times before being taken into custody, police said.

Anderson was on probation for possession of a controlled substance, according to court documents.


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