2 suspects, one with handgun, captured after 3 robbery reports, police pursuit



Two people are suspected in a string of attempted robberies Monday night that led law enforcement officers on a pursuit in west Loveland that ended in their capture.

Around 6 p.m., an employee at the Nike store at the Loveland Factory Outlet stores, at the corner of U.S. Highway 34 and Interstate 25, reported a man suspected of theft brandished a handgun when he was confronted by an employee, according to a news release from the Loveland Police Department. Two suspects fled the scene in a vehicle, and a witness recorded the license plate.

A short time after the Nike store incident, Loveland officers responded to a reported attempted armed robbery at an ATM near 29th Street and Buchanan Avenue. 

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Then another short time later, near 33rd Street and Monroe Avenue, a male juvenile reported an attempted robbery at gunpoint while walking in the area.

The incidents had similar vehicle and suspect descriptions, according to the news release.

Shortly after the attempted armed robbery at 33rd Street and Monroe Avenue, Larimer County Sheriff’s Office deputies located the vehicle in the area of 57th Street and Garfield Avenue. Deputies attempted to contact the suspects but they fled, resulting in a pursuit that concluded at 22nd Street and Taft Avenue, when deputies were able to stop the vehicle.

The two suspects then fled on foot into the yards of homes nearby, where one suspect attempted to forcibly enter a home before they were captured, according to Loveland police.

The vehicle in which the suspects fled was later found to be connected to a reported theft and motor vehicle theft investigation by Longmont police.

Joshua D. Gonzalez, 18, of Longmont, was charged with 10 felonies, including Class 3 felonies for aggravated robbery and first degree burglary, and three misdemeanors.

Avry A Guerrero, 18, of Longmont, was charged with eight felonies, including Class 3 felony for aggravated robbery, and two misdemeanors.

Several police agencies were involved in the incident, and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the investigation is encouraged to contact Detective Jennifer Pfoff at 970-962-2225.

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All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers and any arrested party is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.

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