Suspect accused of stealing U-Haul calls police and asks for deputies to stop chasing them

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ADAMS COUNTY, CO – A suspect accused of stealing a U-Haul truck reportedly called police in an effort to coerce deputies to abstain from pursuing them in their stolen vehicle. Despite the audacious effort, the driver was eventually apprehended.

An incident from earlier in October in Adams County, Colorado is certainly deserving of an “A” for effort in the realm of attempts to avoid culpability, as officials say the suspect who stole a U-Haul truck called police dispatch to request that the pursuit be ended.

On October 16th at approximately 1:40 AM Adams County Sheriff deputies had happened upon a stolen U-Haul truck parked at a convenience store along the corner of Federal Boulevard and West 80th Avenue.

When sheriff’s deputies made their way over to the vehicle, the driver reportedly took off. Authorities pursued the truck and the driver allegedly called police dispatch to ask why he was being pursued and cordially requested that the deputies stop pursuing him.

Despite the Hail Mary effort purportedly enacted by the suspect, the pursuit did not cease.

Deputies employed tire deflation devices in an effort to stop the vehicle, which was successful. The driver of the reported stolen U-Haul truck was stopped at West 72nd Avenue and Pecos Street, where the driver was taken into custody.

Authorities have not shared a possible motive for this vehicular theft nor have they shared the identity of the suspect as of this writing.

This is a developing investigation. Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we continue to gather further insight to this ongoing case. 

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Police chase with U-Haul truck after kidnapping report ends with crash and woman found in the back

(Originally published August 18th, 2021)

THORNTON, CO – A reported kidnapping, that later turned out to be baseless, resulted in a police pursuit of a U-Haul truck where a woman was later found in the back after the driver of the U-Haul reportedly crashed into another vehicle after ignoring pursuing officers’ lights and sirens.

While there were no arrests related to kidnapping, the driver of the U-Haul was reportedly booked on DUI and other various charges.

On August 15th at approximately 9:30 a.m., Thornton Police had responded to a 911 call of an alleged kidnapping where police were told that a woman was tied up in the back of a U-Haul truck.

Police later found the truck driving near West 92nd Avenue and Lowell Boulevard in the Westminster area. Officers activated both lights and sirens, but police say that the driver of the U-Haul did not stop.

Officers continued pursuing the truck under the presumption that there was a kidnapping victim inside of the vehicle. The driver of the U-Haul truck reportedly continued South on Lowell toward West 80th Avenue where the driver reportedly crashed into a Toyota truck.

The driver of the Toyota was reportedly severely injured during the collision and was transported to an area hospital.

Police arrested the driver of the U-Haul at the scene of the collision, with authorities identifying the suspect as 29-year-old Kyle O’Donald. The suspect was charged with DUI, violation of a protection order, active warrant for probation violation, reckless driving, and eluding.

The violation of a protection order charge stems from a woman that was indeed in the back of the U-Haul, who had a restraining order against O’Donald, but authorities determined that she was not being held against her will.

It’s unclear as of this writing what would’ve led the 911 caller to believe or allege that a woman was bound in the rear of the U-Haul being driven by O’Donald, as police noted she was not bound inside of the truck.

Thornton Police also didn’t elaborate as to why the woman was in the back of the U-Haul with driven by the individual she had an order of protection against, only noting that the woman was in the rear of the truck of her own volition, where various items like clothing and bedding were staged in the truck as well.

Officials have not identified the woman found inside of the rear of the U-Haul by name, nor have they indicated that she’s facing any charges related to the incident. Police did state that the woman was the spouse of the arrested suspect.

This is an ongoing investigation. 

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This isn’t the first instance we at Law Enforcement Today ever covered bizarre crimes involving U-Haul trucks. 

Back in February, we shared a report regarding a U-Haul truck that was carry dismembered human remains in the back in Philadelphia. Here’s that previous report. 

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Sex offender arrested after police find deep-fried human remains while responding to burglary call

(Originally published February 16th, 2021)

PHILADELPHIA, PA – A 47-year-old convicted sex offender was recently arrested after police responding to a burglary call happened upon something much more disturbing than stolen goods.

The suspect in question was reportedly not only in possession of a dismembered cadaver – police also allege he’s connected with some discovered deep-fried body parts.

On February 11th, police in the Somerton neighborhood were responding to a suspected burglary and began to pursue a U-Haul truck that had allegedly fled the scene of the reported burglary.

When police had pulled the truck over, the driver of the vehicle apparently got out of the U-Haul and told police that he didn’t, “want anything to do with this…and there’s a body in the back.”

From what police say, the driver of the U-Haul was telling the truth about there being a body in the back of the truck – specifically, it was a dismembered body inside of a trash bag, along with a weapon.

Police wound up taking the driver into custody, as well as the passenger in the U-Haul – later identified as Taray Herring.

The driver of the truck had reportedly informed investigators that he, “was paid to move a body,” and that was the extent of his engagement in the matter.

Authorities eventually wound up letting the driver of the truck go free without charges, but the same can’t be said for Herring.

After detectives interviewed Herring, they eventually searched various dumpsters that were near a strip mall and found some black trash bags containing someone’s hands and feet – which happened to have been deep-fried.

There were also various other human remains discovered among other garbage bags, but police say those weren’t deep-fried.

It’s currently unclear if the human remains discovered are in any way connected to the purported burglary as of this writing.

But there is speculation that the body inside of the U-Haul was Peter Gerold, which Gerold reportedly owns the home that police responded to on February 11th in relation to the burglary call.

Police were said to have executed a search warrant on the home of Gerold, with Philadelphia’s Animal Control & Care Team bringing out over 30 parrots and various other animals from the residence.

Locals in the area haven’t heard from Gerold in some time, but police still haven’t confirmed who the identity is of the human remains discovered.

For the time being, Herring has been charged with burglary, abuse of a corpse, and various other charges. He’s being held without bail and his next court appearance is slated for March 1st.

This is a developing investigation.

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further details on this ongoing case.

Recently, we at Law Enforcement Today also reported on an incident stemming from Missouri that involved a dead body in the back of a vehicle. 

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