Debates about Denver gang violence have been spurred by a Friday incident that killed Justin O'Donnell and Deon Rudd and wounded two others. And while Denver Police have yet to confirm this slaying was gang-related, Alonzo Paige's preliminary hearing over a January quadruple shooting/double murder in Colorado Springs leaves little doubt gangs were a factor in that tragedy.
At about 4:30 a.m. on January 24, as we reported in previous coverage on view below, Colorado Springs Police officers received a call about shots fired at Timberlane, an apartment complex on East Bijou Street. There, the CSPD found two men dead -- they were subsequently identified as Marquise Bean and Andrew Encalade -- and another pair, Jareem Vanterpool and Andrew's older brother, Adam, seriously wounded. Adam will likely be using a wheelchair for the rest of his life.
Before long, police identified Paige, nicknamed BabyWiz (pronounced "Baby Wise"), as the prime suspect, and also put out an alert for one of Paige's pals, Rashad "Dominique" Mayo, aka "Demo." Mayo was busted in late February, while Paige turned himself in to authorities on March 1.
Thus far, Mayo, an alleged probation violator, hasn't been accused of a crime in relation to the shooting, but Paige faces first-degree murder charges. The first information about the case against him emerged during the aforementioned hearing yesterday, and as laid out by the Colorado Springs Gazette, there were as many as five witnesses to what took place.
Not that they all agree on what led to the gunplay. The various parties had gathered at a house party, and at one point, the Gazette reports, Paige came on to Vatnerpool's girlfriend, precipitating a confrontation between the two men. Then, some time later, Vanterpool and a thus-far unidentified friend of Paige's got into a beef and headed outside together, trailed by other party-goers presumably expecting a bare-knuckle brawl.
But no. During the fight, Paige allegedly drew a pistol and pulled the trigger ten times, with three of the shots hitting Bean -- once to bring him down and then two more as he laid on the ground, killing him execution-style.
Meanwhile, a fourteen-year-old girl is said to have told police about overhearing gang chatter at the bash, including shouts of "east side" and "west side" just before the lead started to fly.
These details were shattering for members of the victims' families, some of whom openly wept in the courtroom. And they'll be faced with the trauma again on October 30, when Paige's actual trial is set to begin.
Here's our previous coverage:
Original post, 7:43 a.m. March 2: For more than a month, the Colorado Springs Police Department has been on the lookout for Alonzo Paige, the prime suspect in a quadruple shooting that left two men dead.
Imagine their surprise when yesterday afternoon, he walked into police headquarters and surrendered to authorities.
The roots of the manhunt were planted at about 4:30 a.m. on January 24 at Timberlane, an apartment complex located at 3985 East Bijou street. When officers arrived at the scene, they found four people had been hit by gunfire, with two of them dead and the other pair hospitalized, with one of the latter in what was described as "very serious" condition.
In the hours and days that followed, the names of the victims were released. Marquise Bean was the first fatality identified, while Jareem Vanterpool, 21, and Adam Encalade, 26, were recovering from their wounds.
Vanterpool's Facebook page is private, with wall posts and photos off-limits to those not on his friends list. The only clue it offers about him is the following profile image:
In contrast, Encalade's Facebook page nixes wall posts but offers a slew of photographs like this self-portrait:
Other shots feature a growing baby boy at various ages.
Shortly thereafter, the second casualty was identified as Andrew Encalade, the younger brother of Adam. His Facebook page was private, too, but it listed his nickname as "Bones" and his interests as hip-hop, the Bible and family.
Meanwhile, police put out a warrant for the arrest of Paige, nicknamed "Babywiz" (pronounced "Baby Wise"). According to the Colorado Springs Gazette, his rap sheet featured numerous previous arrests as well as a July 2010 guilty plea to the charge of "driving with alcohol," for which he received a deferred sentence, and a September 2010 drug accusation.
On February 13, the CSPD added another name to its suspect list: Rashad "Dominique" Mayo, aka "Demo." He was wanted on a probation violation for an unrelated incident. But the investigation led cops to believe that he had fled the scene of the crime with Paige.
A week later, at about 5:30 a.m. on February 20, Demo was reportedly nabbed at a home on the 4400 block of Hunting Meadows Circle. But Paige remained scarce until yesterday.
At this point, the CSPD isn't divulging any additional information related to Paige or his decision to turn himself in. All we know for certain is that one of the city's most vigorous searches in recent memory has come to an end.
Look below to see full-size booking photos for Paige and Mayo, as well as an interactive graphic showing the area near the crime scene. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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