DENVER, CO – A 33-year-old Denver man has been arrested and charged with a Sept. 6 murder that may have begun as a neighborhood dispute.
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Police arrested Jason Arroyo, whom they charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder in a shooting that left a woman dead and a man injured. The incident may have started as a dust-up between neighbors.
Residents told police that Arroyo was upset that two children were playing in an area behind a housing complex. The complex is at North Lipan Street and West 35th Avenue.
According to the Denver Police Department affidavit:
“Witnesses stated the confrontation began shortly prior to the shooting when children from the complex were playing in the rear, unfenced, yard behind [the housing development].
“Witnesses explained the neighbor . . . became upset at the children and threw water on them over the fenced area behind the address.”
Unfortunately, Arroyo did not stop there and allegedly entered his residence and retrieved a gun. He then allegedly opened fire and struck the two people, killing one.
“Witnesses related [Arroyo] then confronted the neighbor and a verbal dispute began in the open rear yard area. They explained the neighbor/defendant then entered his home . . . and returned with a black pistol.
“Witnesses explained approximately six gunshots were fired by the defendant at the victims before he fled inside his home. The defendant was described as a white or Hispanic male, with curly hair and wearing a white and blue basketball jersey and grey shorts.”
Officers responded to the scene after the shooting and located the first victim, who had been shot numerous times in the torso, lying on the ground. A second victim who had been shot numerous times was then located lying face down on a walkway.
Police summoned medical aid to the scene. Both victims were transported to a local hospital for medical treatment. Sadly, the female victim succumbed to her injuries. The male victim is still being tended to and termed as having “serious” injuries.
While officers were in the area, they reported seeing Arroyo running from the scene, apparently trying to avoid capture.
The affidavit stated:
“While on scene, officers observed the defendant running in and out of front and backyards from the 3500 blk of N Mariposa St to the 3600 blk of N Osage St. In searching the 3600 blk of N Osage St, a bystander advised [police] that he saw someone jump into the backyard of . . . N Osage St from the north side.
“[The officer] then contacted the residents at . . . N Osage St who allowed [police] to enter and check their backyard. While in the backyard [police] observed the defendant matching the provided description standing in the backyard.”
Officers then established a perimeter in order to lock Arroyo into a specific area and prevent his escape When the perimeter was set, officers asked for permission from the resident on N Osage Street to enter the property in an attempt to take Arroyo into custody.
“[The Officer] immediately advised other officers, so a perimeter would be set. I was then allowed by the residents . . . to enter from the front entrance.
“The defendant was no longer in the backyard area, however, the residents advised . . . that the door to the detach garage is kept unlocked.
“METRO officers were requested and responded to the address where they apprehended the defendant who did not have permission to be in or on the property.”
After Arroyo was taken into custody, officers seemingly conducted a show up, which is when eye witnesses are brought to the location of the suspect in an attempt to identify him. In these cases, witnesses are informed that the person they are going to look at may or may not be the person involved in the crime and request identification only when the witnesses are 100 percent certain.
In this case, according to the police report, multiple witnesses of the shooting did, in fact, identify Arroyo as the shooter in the case. He was taken to the county jail.
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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, FL – After an argument involving borrowing a car, some orange juice in the fridge and asking for an air conditioning remote control, a 29-year-old man reportedly “lost it” and shot his mother six times.
The suspect, now in custody, was alleged to have tried turning the gun on himself after the murder, but realized he was out of bullets.
Luis Martin Pages claims that during some portion of these various arguments, his 59-year-old mother, Miriam Gonzalez, had threatened him with a knife. After allegedly shooting his mother, Pages was said to have tried shooting himself only to realize that the gun was out of ammunition.
Pages then called 911 and allegedly confessed to what he’d just done when officers arrived at the home at about 5 p.m. that evening:
“I killed her. Take me to jail.”
The victim was pronounced dead at the scene when officers arrived.
Police took Pages into custody and he was charged with second-degree murder. He was subsequently booked about 1 a.m. on Sept. 7 into the Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center.
Making an appearance in bond court later in the morning on Sept. 7, Pages was given no bond. If convicted, Pages could serve life in prison for the murder of his mother.
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