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Vehicle stolen, nearly 300 fentanyl pills seized near Colorado Springs mall | New

A man wanted on five violent crime warrants was arrested Monday after allegedly stealing a car and trying to elude detectives, Colorado Springs police reported Thursday.

According to police records, officers received information that a stolen Lincoln MKS was located near Galley Road and North Academy Boulevard near The Citadel shopping center on the east side of Colorado Springs. When police found and stopped the vehicle, 24-year-old Emitt Sobiniak attempted to flee the area but was apprehended.

Police said Sobiniak was also in possession of 270 fentanyl tablets, “all packaged for sale,” and was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, felony fifth degree and drug possession.

Sobiniak’s five outstanding warrants at the time of his arrest hint at a criminal history dating back to 2020, including multiple arrests for felony assault, burglary, criminal impersonation and drug possession and distribution, court records show. Over the past two years, Sobiniak has racked up warrants by regularly failing to appear in court, records show.

Sobiniak is currently being held in the El Paso County Jail on $98,000 in accrued bonds from the multiple felony charges. He is due in court on October 6.