A suspect in Boulder, Colorado, who allegedly attempted to mow down individuals with his truck in a local park on Tuesday morning, now faces charges of attempted murder. The incident unfolded when Boulder 911 received its first emergency call at approximately 6:26 a.m. CT, reporting that someone was driving recklessly through Boulder’s Central Park in an attempt to harm people, as revealed during a police news conference on Tuesday afternoon.
Officers swiftly responded, arriving at the scene within a minute, but the truck had already fled. A search involving officers and the police department’s drone team led to the discovery of the damaged vehicle in a nearby parking lot. The park itself had also sustained significant damage.
Authorities initiated an investigation to determine the owner of the vehicle, which ultimately led them to locate the driver on foot. The man, identified as Bruce A. Alvey, was arrested later that morning. He has been charged with four counts of attempted first-degree murder.
During the period between the park incident and his arrest, the suspect allegedly broke into an animal hospital, resulting in injuries to himself. Authorities are currently considering charges related to the alleged burglary. Additionally, they are investigating potential charges of driving under the influence of narcotics, specifically methamphetamine.
Fortunately, no one was injured during the incident, according to a statement by Boulder Police on the social media platform X (formerly known as Twitter). The post stated, “Despite some incredibly close calls, the driver narrowly missed hitting multiple people who ran to get away. The suspect drove in and out of the park several times and struck multiple pieces of property, enough to require the city to close the park with fencing for repairs.”
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During the Tuesday afternoon news conference, Boulder’s Police Chief Maris Harold expressed the gravity of the situation, describing it as “really scary.” She noted that if people had been sleeping in the park at the time, there could have been mass casualties, as the driver even ran over some empty sleeping bags.