Update:Brandon Mondragon has been formally charged in the hit-and-run incident that badly injured Tim Albo and Heather Kornman. In addition, an arrest warrant has been released revealing that Mondragon had a passenger at the time of the crash, which took place after the two of them left a prominent local nightspot, Club Beta.
According to the Brandon Mondragon arrest affidavit, Mondragon headed to Beta in the company of Charmaine Ortiz and Desirae Valdez at around 10:30 p.m. on October 2. Ortiz caught a ride home with someone else around midnight, while Mondragon and Valdez remained at the club's bar, the narrative maintains.
Later, the document says, Mondragon called Ortiz to say that he'd been driving "when they hit something and he kept going because he panicked."
Valdez told officers the same tale: "She stated that Mondragon was driving them home when the windshield in front of her shattered and glass fragments landed on her as a result. She also stated that she did not know what they had hit."
That "what" turned out to be Albo and Kornman. Look below to read the entire arrest affidavit and a release from the Denver District Attorney's Office about the charges against Mondragon. Then page down to see our original item on Mondragon's arrest and a large mug shot of the suspect.
Denver District Attorney's Office release:
MAN CHARGED IN LODO HIT AND RUN
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged a man accused of hitting two pedestrians and then leaving the scene of the accident near 20th Street and Chestnut earlier this month.
Brandon Mondragon (dob: 8-21-89) is charged today with two counts of leaving the scene of an accident (F5) and two counts of careless driving resulting in injury (T1).
The charges allege that Mondragon was driving on 20th Street in the early morning hours of October 3, 2010, when he hit two pedestrians who were in the crosswalk at Chestnut and then fled the scene. Denver police detectives were able to identify Mondragon as a suspect and his car was later found in Westminster. The victims, a 26-year-old man and a 27-year-old woman, were seriously injured.
Mondragon has been released from custody on a $10,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2100 on October 27, 2010 at 10:30 a.m. to be formally advised of the charges.
Original item, October 14:
Last week, Tim Albo's family pleaded for information leading to the capture of the driver who seriously injured him and Heather Kornman near 20th and Cherokee. The PT Cruiser allegedly used in the crash was found shortly thereafter -- and now, Denver cops have busted Brandon Mondragon, 21, for the crime. Get the latest from a DPD release and see a larger photo of Mondragon below:
Denver Police Department release:
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[Wednesday] evening at approximately 5:30 p.m. Denver Police arrested Brandon Mondragon (DOB 8/21/89). Mondragon has been identified as the driver of the PT Cruiser that was involved in the hit and run accident that occurred on October 3, 2010 at the intersection of 20th Street and Chestnut Street.
Earlier today, Denver Police obtained an arrest warrant for Mondragon. The Denver Police Fugitive Unit arrested him at his place of business in the area of Santa Fe and Bowles Avenue without incident.
Brandon Mondragon has been arrested for investigation of Careless Driving resulting in Injury, C.R.S. 42-4-1402 (Class 1 Misdemeanor)(2 counts); Accidents involving SBI -- Duty, C.R.S. 42-4-1601 (Class 5 Felony)(2 counts); Duty to give Notice, Information and Aid, C.R.S. 42-4-1603 (Misdemeanor Traffic Offense); Duty to Report Accidents, C.R.S. 42-4-1606 (Class 2 Misdemeanor Traffic Offense). He is currently in the Arapahoe County Jail.
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