Shortly after 10 p.m. on a recent Tuesday night, police in Colorado received an alarm about a robbery in progress. A call was sent out to officers on patrol, and one police officer happened to be very close to the convenience store from where the alarm originated. Felony offense reports like this one are featured in the media on an almost daily basis.

The police officer was in his patrol vehicle and could reportedly see a hooded man standing in front of the counter in the store. He said that he attempted to stop the man upon his exit from the store; however, the suspect reportedly started running and got into a car that left immediately. Police officers identified the vehicle soon afterwards and pulled it over. According to police reports the man who was seen in the store tried to flee on foot but was apprehended by police.

The hooded man was arrested and the occupants of the car were detained and are being investigated. The media report made no mention of the level of threat, if any, that was exercised by the man during the alleged robbery, and furthermore, no mention was made of anything being taken from the store. The police did not charge anybody at that time. In the event of charges being filed against one or all of them, prosecutors will have the burden to present sufficient evidence to prove the guilt of those charged beyond a reasonable doubt.

Any person facing felony offense charges in a Colorado court may benefit from getting clarity about the specifics of each element of the charges. The evidence offered in support of each element must be relevant and competent before any conviction may be secured. The defendant will have the opportunity to challenge the presented evidence and confront any witnesses testifying against him or her at trial.

Source: krdo.com, ” Springs officer witnesses convenience store robbery from his cruiser”, Chris Loveless, March 25, 2014