“There was one gunman with a handgun and they chose to turn this house into something that resembles Osama Bin Laden’s compound.”
Leo Lech is more than a little upset, and he is not afraid to express it with colorful language.
After all, the house he purchased for his son now has gaping holes where it once had walls and windows. Past the exposed studs and insulation of the condemned structure, you can see artwork on the wall of a 9-year-old boy’s bedroom.
“In any civilized nation … this is the act of paramilitary thugs,” he says he told the chief of the Greenwood Village Police Department.
The chief, Lech said, brushed it off.
The damage was inflicted by police and SWAT officers who were working to capture Robert Jonathan Seacat, a suspected 33-year-old shoplifter who allegedly barged into a random home Wednesday afternoon, and opened fire on police when they tried to arrest him a short time later.
The incident began Wednesday afternoon, when he was allegedly spotted shoplifting in Aurora. Seacat then drove to a nearby light rail station, where he ditched his car and ran.
Eventually, he ran into Lech’s house on South Alton Street in Greenwood Village, where the 9-year-old boy was inside. Police dispatchers and the child’s mother, who is engaged to Lech’s son, talked the child out of the house.
The boy was unhurt, but the standoff was just beginning.
Seacat wasn’t taken into custody until Thursday morning. The SWAT team said it used chemical agents, flash-bang grenades and a “breaching ram” to end the nearly 20-hour standoff.
“There was obviously some kind of explosive that was fired into here,” Lech said, showing 7NEWS anchor Anne Trujillo the cavernous hole in the wall that used to protect