Josephine and Third in Cherry Creek are open again after Denver police arrest carjacking suspect

SWAT officers at the scene of a standoff between a would-be carjacker and police on 3rd Avenue between Josephine and Columbine Streets. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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Denver police shut down Josephine and Third in Cherry Creek as they search for a suspect. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Denver police shut down Josephine and Third in Cherry Creek as they search for a suspect. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

An hours-long standoff that shut down traffic in Cherry Creek and led to a lockdown at Bromwell Elementary ended peacefully Wednesday evening with the arrest of a suspect in a carjacking. 

Denver police spokesman Sonny Jackson said police received a report of an attempted carjacking around 2:45 p.m. The suspect holed up in a vehicle, which led police to shut down traffic on 2nd and 3rd avenues and Columbine and Josephine streets as they tried to talk the suspect into surrendering.

SWAT officers at the scene of a standoff between a would-be carjacker and police on 3rd Avenue between Josephine and Columbine Streets. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) crime; police; denver; cherry creek; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado
SWAT officers at the scene of a standoff between a would-be carjacker and police on 3rd Avenue between Josephine and Columbine Streets. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Jackson said the victim got away.

The hours-long street closures snarled traffic in the area, and police asked for the public’s patience so they could resolve the situation peacefully.

Denver Police Department spokesperson Sonny Jackson. The scene of a standoff between a would-be carjacker and police on 3rd Avenue between Josephine and Columbine Streets. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) crime; police; denver; cherry creek; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado
Denver Police Department spokesperson Sonny Jackson. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Students were released from Bromwell, but walkers needed to be picked up by a guardian, according to Denver Public Schools.

Bromwell Elementary School security guards lead students out of the building after a standoff between a would-be carjacker and police on 3rd Avenue locked the school down. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite) crime; police; denver; cherry creek; denverite; kevinjbeaty; colorado
Bromwell Elementary School security guards lead students out of the building after a standoff between a would-be carjacker and police on 3rd Avenue locked the school down. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Kevin J. Beaty contributed to this report.

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