Broken-down driver threatens helper, steals car

Posted at 12:53 PM, Jun 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-07 15:53:36-04

A man helping another man with his broken-down car became a car theft victim last month.

Police say that on May 10, the suspect, 31-year-old Daniel Thurman, waved over the victim, saying he had a dead battery and needed a jump.

The victim parked next to his car and set up the cables. Police say he was about to make a phone call and as he reached for his phone, Thurman reached for a .45-caliber handgun. Thurman reportedly demanded the victim's cell phone and told him to start walking or "he would put a bullet in his head." 

Thurman left the scene in the victim's vehicle.

Police report that five days later they located the car and Thurman near 17th Avenue and Peoria. Thurman fled the vehicle but was soon captured. Police located the .45-caliber handgun on the ground and other items belonging to the victim in Thurman's backpack. 

Thurman is facing charges of armed robbery and aggravated assault.