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A suspect believed to be responsible for a series of carjackings in metro Denver led officers on a high-speed chase, before crashing into a fence and escaping into a southeast Denver apartment complex Tuesday night. He was later found dead.
The man forced his way into an apartment at the Peachtree complex, in the 3500 block of South Kendall Street, where several people were inside, including some small children, police said. Some of those people were let go, but he held one hostage inside until after 10 p.m. That's when officers launched tear gas into the apartment and rescued the female hostage, before retreating.
At about 12:15 a.m. Wednesday, police made a second entry into the apartment, where the suspect was found dead. He had committed suicide, police said.
A television helicopter showed video of a black Honda driving erratically on the frontage road near Morrison Road and Kipling Street just before 6:30 p.m. The car went over "stop strips" laid out by police, which deflated the car's tires. The driver then went off the road, through two yards and then plowed through a hedge and across a dirt area, before finally crashing into a fence.
The driver got out of the vehicle and then jumped over the fence and disappeared into an apartment complex near Kendall Park.
Denver police said they arrested a woman who was still inside the car.
Lt. Mike Broadhead of the Littleton Police Department said the man is wanted in connection with several carjackings in the metro Denver area. He said the chase began when the man tried to steal a car but was unsuccessful.
He then stole a paint van from the 7900 block of South Broadway Avenue, Brodhead said. Moments later, the man ditched the paint van and then stole the black Honda at gunpoint from a shopping center at South Santa Fe Avenue in Littleton.
Broadhead said the man was considered "extremely dangerous."

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