Alese Silva, Ivan Lopez Busted in Fast-Food Drive-Through Over $80 Kidnapping

A Facebook photo of Alese Silva, also known as Alese Sylva. Additional images and more below.
A Facebook photo of Alese Silva, also known as Alese Sylva. Additional images and more below.
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If they're convicted, Alese Silva and Ivan Lopez could be put away for quite a long time over a crime that netted a very small reward: a car they drove for only a short distance and $80 in cash.

The pair are accused of kidnapping two people over this sum of money, only to be busted while sitting in a stolen car in a fast-food drive-through lane.

The details are sketched out in a series of arrest reports on view below. Note the references to both Alese Silva and Alese Sylva; we went with the former spelling, because that's the way she refers to herself on her Facebook page.

Here's another shot of Silva from her photo gallery:

Alese Silva, aka Alese Sylva.
Alese Silva, aka Alese Sylva.
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Likewise, the documents refer Ivan Lopez-Banuelos, even though he simply calls himself Ivan Lopez on Facebook.

Here's one portrait of him found on the page....

IIvan Lopez, aka Ivan Lopez-Banuelos.
IIvan Lopez, aka Ivan Lopez-Banuelos.
Facebook

...and another:

Ivan Lopez, aka Ivan Lopez-Banuelos.
Ivan Lopez, aka Ivan Lopez-Banuelos.
Facebook

The incident that brought the pair to the Denver Police Department's attention took place at about 1:30 a.m. on August 7.

At that time, officers were flagged down on the 700 block of South Tejon by two victims of what's described as a robbery and carjacking.

The two individuals said they'd met Silva at a club — the report doesn't mention which one — and agreed to give her a ride.

She asked to be dropped off in an alley on the 500 block of South Elliot near Federal, an area captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."

At that point, a man later identified as Lopez jumped out and pointed a gun at the head of one victim; pronouns in the narrative later reveal him to be a male.

Lopez allegedly climbed into the vehicle and ordered the man to drive to a store on the 800 block of Federal, where he was told to withdraw some money or face the violent consequences.

The man did so, coming away with $80.

From there, the report continues, Lopez ordered the two victims to leave the car, an Audi, near the spot where they spotted the police officers and drove away.

A short time later, the Audi was eyeballed in the drive-through lane at Taqueria Los Gallitos, located at 2630 West Alameda.

Taqueria Los Gallitos.
Taqueria Los Gallitos.
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When Lopez realized the police were on his tail, he backed up, ramming the vehicle in line behind him.

But this tactic didn't result in a vehicular escape; the car was immobilized. Silva was busted immediately after exiting it, while Lopez was rounded up after a brief foot chase.

The Denver District Attorney's Office has now charged Silva and Lopez with two counts apiece of second-degree kidnapping and first-degree motor-vehicle theft. In addition, Lopez is facing three counts of weapon possession by a previous offender.

The pair are due in court at 8 a.m. today. Look below to see their booking photos, followed by the assorted documents.

Alese Silva, aka Alese Sylva.
Alese Silva, aka Alese Sylva.
Denver District Attorney's Office
Ivan Lopez, aka Ivan Lopez-Banuelos.
Ivan Lopez, aka Ivan Lopez-Banuelos.
Denver District Attorney's Office
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