Pot grow house was the destination in home invasion and kidnapping, sheriff's office says

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Early Saturday morning, a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says two gunmen invaded a home and kidnapped three people -- a married couple and a male roommate. A subsequent car chase ended with a crash in Denver.

At this writing, the suspects haven't been captured or identified, and no names have been released in regard to the victims, either. However, the JCSO rep says investigators believe the ultimate destination was a marijuana grow house.

At 12:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 24, the JCSO says dispatchers received a 911 call in reference to a home invasion and kidnapping on the 16900 block of West 73rd Place.

The caller told the operator that two men with handguns -- one African American, the other Hispanic -- had forced their way into the home. There, they allegedly compelled the two men and one woman living there to get into the married couple's car along with the African-American suspect and take off. The Hispanic man didn't accompany them and his whereabouts after entering the house are unknown.

Moments later, an officer with the Mountain View Police Department spotted the car on Interstate 70 near Sheridan Boulevard, an area captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."


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Soon thereafter, the chase was on. It's said to have ended with crumpled metal near the 2300 block of Stout Street in Denver. Here's an interactive graphic of that area.


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Update: An e-mailer whose car was damaged in the accident tells us the police have misidentified the actual address for the crash. This individual puts the actual spot of the crash at 26th between Champa and Stout.

After the wreck, the suspect jumped out of the car and split -- and he managed to get away.

As for the kidnapping victims, the two men are said to have sustained minor injuries while the woman was unharmed -- physically, anyhow.

In its initial release, the JCSO noted that "the relationship between the victims and the suspects is believed to be tied to a marijuana-based business." Earlier today, however, Sergeant Mark Techmeyer, an office spokesman, divulged that the business was a grow house owned by one of the victims. The group is thought to have been headed to the facility when the car was eyeballed by police.

Marijuana-related incidents like this one are rare, but expect critics who believe cannabis leads to crime to site it in the future.

If you have information about these incidents, you're encouraged to contact the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office tip line at 303-271-5612.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

More from our Marijuana archive circa February 19: "Medical marijuana stores impact neighborhoods in Denver no more than coffee shops, study says."

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22 comments
WillieStortz
WillieStortz topcommenter

If you live near a grow house your whole family is in danger. The amount of break ins at grow houses is skyrocketing. It's only a matter of time till one of these violent drug thieves go to the wrong house and shoot up an innocent family. 


If you know of a grow house in your neighborhood, call the cops, report it to a neighborhood group. Get it out of your neighborhood before the violence hits home.

Joshua Trotter
Joshua Trotter

sadly this will happen more and more I'm afraid.

Selena Thiele
Selena Thiele

I've been trying to correct reporters- the accident took place on 26th, not 23rd. All the cops were tired that night, but hoping they didn't mess that up in their report

Clorissa N Anthony
Clorissa N Anthony

These kinda things happen regardless, its funny how they report every incident when marijuana is involved

Bret Kantola
Bret Kantola

To sell to children on playgrounds i bet.

Michelle Hernandez
Michelle Hernandez

Everything is suddenly because of weed. I don't smoke and I'm tired of it. You stubbed your toe omg it's probably because the guy next to you was smoking weed!

A Chris Heismann
A Chris Heismann

This sort of stuff happened before legalization. The difference is that the victims couldn't/wouldn't come forward because they would be prosecuted too.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Fluffmaster Roberts "... expect critics who believe cannabis leads to crime to site [sic] it in the future."


OMFG !! ... how much of a brain-dead bong-sucking illiterate stoner posing as a "journalist" do you have to be to not know the difference between, and proper usage of, CITE vs. SITE ??


Epic Wasteword FAIL!

Heather Quinby
Heather Quinby

Can we have some more information? Was the grow house legal and monitored in accordance with state law or was it an illegal operation?

Joshua Tangye
Joshua Tangye

Give me a knife, some duct tape and a 3 legged dog and I'll keep anything away.

Ben Cook
Ben Cook

Firearms, plastic sheeting and shovels? Who are you f'ing Donnie Brasco, Joe Pesci or Roy DeMeo? It would be much cheaper to invest in security doors, windows and a surveillance camera system. Much cheaper than the bill you will receive from your defense lawyer's law firm and the private prison industries system's commissary bill. They plants are easily replaceable, you are not.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

That's why I protect my home with a firearm, plastic sheeting, and a shovel.

nemopunk15
nemopunk15 topcommenter

Which adult did the pot injure?

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

... what makes you think Private grow houses are required to be monitored?



DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

@nemopunk15


Study: Fatal Car Crashes Involving Marijuana Have Tripled


– According to a recent study, fatal car crashes involving pot use have tripled in the U.S.


“Currently, one of nine drivers involved in fatal crashes would test positive for marijuana,” Dr. Guohua Li, director of the Center for Injury Epidemiology and Prevention at Columbia, and co-author of the study told HealthDay News.


Researchers from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health gathered data from six states – California, Hawaii, Illinois, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and West Virginia – that perform toxicology tests on drivers involved in fatal car accidents. This data included over 23,500 drivers that died within one hour of a crash between 1999 and 2010.

Li reported in the study that alcohol contributed to about 40 percent of traffic fatalities throughout the decade.


The researchers found that drugs played an increasing role in fatal traffic accidents. Drugged driving accounted for more than 28 percent of traffic deaths in 2010, which is 16 percent more than it was in 1999.


The researchers also found that marijuana was the main drug involved in the increase. It contributed to 12 percent of fatal crashes, compared to only 4 percent in 1999.


“If a driver is under the influence of alcohol, their risk of a fatal crash is 13 times higher than the risk of the driver who is not under the influence of alcohol,” Li said. “But if the driver is under the influence of both alcohol and marijuana, their risk increased to 24 times that of a sober person.”

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