Englewood Police have announced that four male suspects have been arrested in connection with a July 14 shooting that left a 13-year-old boy dead and an 18-year-old man in critical condition.
Police said Jesus Perez-Medrano, 19, was arrested on July 16 in Centennial. Two 17-year-olds were arrested on July 17, one in Littleton and the other in Englewood. Another 17-year-old was arrested on July 18 in Denver. Police said the four arrests mean there is no continuing danger to the public, while the case remains under investigation
The shooting took place near the 3600 block of the South Acoma Street/South Bannock Street alley. The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office classified the death of the 13-year-old as a homicide.
An arrest affidavit states that although the 18-year-old victim was wounded, he was alert and told responding police officers that he was walking down the alley when a vehicle occupied by several males pulled up behind him and the 13-year-old.
Footage from a security camera showed a white Chevrolet Impala following the two pedestrians into the alley, but the shooting ensued outside of the camera’s view. A resident’s security camera near the shooting caught a white Chevrolet traveling southbound on Acoma.
On July 15, the day after the shooting, a lieutenant with the Arapahoe County Sherriff’s Office saw a vehicle that matched the description of the vehicle from the shooting. The lieutenant pulled over the vehicle in the 6500 block of South Dayton Street, but the driver was Maria Medrano, the mother of Perez-Medrano, according to the affidavit. She said Perez-Medrano borrowed the vehicle on grounds of going to a gas station at noon on the day of the shooting, but didn’t return until around 5 p.m. that day. Perez-Medrano immediately left after dropping off the vehicle at Medrano’s home, according to the affidavit.
On July 16, police returned to Perez-Medrano’s residence, where they observed him entering another vehicle parked near the home. He was soon taken into custody, and he told investigators he had picked up unidentified friends on July 14. The affidavit says he told investigators that he and his friends discussed setting up a drug deal with an “easy target” and planned to rob the 13-year-old and the 18-year-old at gunpoint.
Perez-Medrano and his friends made arrangments via cell phones and the Facebook Messenger app to purchase $250 worth of LSD from the 13-year-old and the 18-year-old, according to Perez-Medrano's statements in the affidavit.
Once the vehicle arrived for the alleged drug deal, an unknown person, who name is blacked out in the affidavit, exited the back seat of the vehicle. When the 13-year-old then entered the back seat of Perez-Medrano's vehicle, another unknown person pulled out a .45-caliber handgun and put it close to the 13-year-old’s chest, according to the affidavit.
The 13-year-old then grabbed the gun and got out of the vehicle, the document states.
The unknown person who had exited the vehicle upon arrival allegedly shot the 13-year-old through the vehicle’s glass window, and the 18-year-old also was shot by someone whose name was blacked out, according to the affidavit.
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