DENVER — A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a 39-year-old man who was charged with vehicular homicide but didn’t show up for his trial.
He was accused of crashing his car on purpose into three Denver Police Department officers and killing them.
After investigating the incident that took place in May of 2020, police decided to make an arrest against Anthony Knapp.
The probable cause statement states that at 11:08 p.m. on Logan Street, three officers were seriously injured.
The officers were sent to the downtown area as part of a coordinated effort to quell any potential riots.
According to DPD, a civilian was also injured.
The court documents list the following charges:
A third count of attempted first-degree murder with callous disregard for human life
The defendant was charged with three counts of first-degree assault for her callous disregard for victim’s safety.
Six counts of recklessly attempting to commit a first-degree assault
Assault with a deadly weapon, three times
Nine counts of aggravated assault and aggravated assault with a weapon on a peace officer
Leaving the scene of an accident in which someone was seriously injured is a felony, and it’s one of the charges against him.
Tampered with Physical Evidence
Knapp entered a not guilty plea to all charges against him. The Denver Sheriff’s Office reports that he posted $75,000 of the $750,000 bond and was released on December 8, 2020.
This occurred in Denver on the third night of demonstrations following George Floyd’s death in custody.
During the day, protesters did not resort to violence. However, as night fell, they set fires, vandalised property, spray-painted slogans, and looted businesses.
Officers repeatedly used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowd.
According to the PC statement, the officers were standing next to a Denver Police Rapid Deployment Vehicle (RDV). They also known as a SWAT van.
One of the officers was found to have a fractured leg. The other two were found to be at “substantial risk of protracted loss or impairment of any part or organ of the body,” according to the PC statement.
In the PC statement, nine other officers were in “grave danger of being struck,” and two officers had to flee to avoid being struck.
The driver continued north on Logan Street. A witness told police that the speed of the car was between 65 and 70 miles per hour. And that the driver had turned into the officer “with intention.”
After more investigation, detectives found the Chevy Cruze with major damage to the front end parked behind the apartment building at 1025 Sherman St. in Denver.
According to the police report, Knapp had the apartment building address listed as the registered owner of the car.
When detectives talked to a woman in the apartment, she confirmed that Knapp had used her car to run errands.
They found and pulled over her car, contacted Knapp, and he voluntarily agreed to go to the DPD headquarters.
A resident of the apartment building located at 1025 Sherman St. saw a male in the parking lot at around 9:20 p.m. yelling about being maced, and then saw the man get into a black Chevy Cruze and drive away.
The PC statement claims that another witness saw the same man coughing and sputtering in the parking lot before getting into a Chevy Cruze and driving away.
The next day, both witnesses told the police that the front of the car looked like it had been damaged.
Knapp has a few traffic violations on his record, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation (CBI).