PROVIDENCE — A man wanted by police in connection with two first-degree armed robberies was captured in the attic of his girlfriend's apartment after a car and foot chase through the streets of Providence that had all the makings of a Hollywood chase scene.

Two members of the city's Violent Crime Task Force patrolling the Silver Lake area of the city on Friday spotted the suspect — Montrell Hopper, 24 — in a silver Dodge SUV on Union Avenue with a female passenger. As the officers made a U-turn, attempting to conduct a car stop at the intersection of Webster and Elmdale avenues, "Hopper immediately sped off," the police said.

With the police vehicle in pursuit, Hopper "abruptly stopped" at the intersection of Priscilla Avenue and Clarence Street "and fled from the vehicle on foot while gripping his waistband" and weaving in and out of yards before he allegedly broke through "a wooden fence and ran into the rear yard of 111 Wallace, [where] police lost sight of him."

Retracing his path, the police report says, the officers found a "a chrome/black Smith & Wesson .45 Caliber Model 645" with six live rounds in the magazine and one live round in the chamber on the ground "next to the freshly broken fence that he was observed running through."

Meanwhile, the police went back to the vehicle from which Hopper had fled, where they found a woman later identified as Paris Perez, 22, attempting to drive away with her infant daughter inside the vehicle. Detained and questioned, she told the police she lived on Priscilla Street and that Hopper — whom she had been dating for about a month — had taken her house keys before he fled. 

"Perez then gave police consent to enter her apartment with force and search for Hopper. With the totality of the circumstances, Hopper’s criminal history, having already located one firearm, as well as the consent given by Perez, police forced entry into 21 Priscilla while loudly announcing 'Providence Police,'" according to the police report.

After searching the first three floors, the report says, police located Hopper hiding in the ceiling joists. He surrendered and was taken into custody by members of the task force without further incident. 

Hopper was subsequently charged by the Violent Crime Task Force with multiple counts, including the charges contained in the original bench warrants and "possession of arms by a convict in a crime of violence."

Further details were not immediately available on Saturday, when the police report became public.