Colorado Springs police have one man in custody and are searching for another they believe helped him commit a series of armed convenience store robberies this month.

Police say Isaac Phifer and Vershaun Allen’s 40-minute crime spree began 4:13 a.m. Feb. 2 at the Circle K at 1740 Jet Wing Drive. While officers were investigating that crime, two men with a gun robbed three more stores: a 7-Eleven at 1760 Shasta Drive, a Circle K at 1204 East Pikes Peak Ave., and another 7-Eleven, at 1801 East Platte Ave.

Phifer, 27, of Colorado Springs, was taken into custody after officers found him hiding in a stolen car parked near the scene of the fourth robbery. He was later charged with four counts of aggravated robbery after detectives linked him to all four crimes.

Their investigation also revealed the name of the second suspect, 29-year-old Colorado Springs resident Vershaun Allen. Allen remains at large and police say he should be considered armed and dangerous.


Stephanie Earls is a news reporter and columnist at The Gazette. Before moving to Colorado Springs in 2012, she worked for newspapers in upstate NY, WA, OR and at her hometown weekly in Berkeley Springs, WV, where she got her start in journalism.

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