Suspect turns himself in after allegedly threatening residents, starting fire in Englewood

Posted at 2:07 PM, Sep 23, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-23 16:08:21-04

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. – A man who was wanted after allegedly menacing residents with a knife and starting a fire near a home on Friday turned himself in a day later thanks to the use of social media, a spokesperson for the Englewood Police Department said Sunday.

Investigators say Gerrick Wood, 26, reportedly went into a home in the area of S. Fox St. and W. Bates Avenue at around 10 a.m. Friday and threatened a man with a knife.

Police said the residents inside of that home fled and called 911.

As police arrived to respond to the call, they noticed smoke coming from a garage to the west of the home and called the Englewood Fire Department to come and assist with putting out the blaze.

Moments later, according to police, Wood got into a confrontation with a different man at The Foundry Apartments, just two blocks away from the first incident. In this encounter, the suspect also threatened the man with a knife.

Wood left the area and eluded authorities for the remainder of the day.

On Sunday, however, the Englewood Police Department said Wood had turned himself in thanks to the community, who shared information from police through the NextDoor app.

Wood was arrested and jailed on first-degree burglary, first-degree arson, aggravated robbery, as well as other charges.