Fatal Stabbing in Aurora Quadplex That Saw Shocking 2014 Murder (33)

The scene of the crime. Additional images and more below.
The scene of the crime. Additional images and more below.

Update below: At this hour, members of the Aurora Police Department are reportedly investigating a homicide at a quadplex on the 1400 block of Lima Street.

If that address sounds familiar, it should.

In September 2014, another murder took place in the same quadplex. The victim was Danielle Griego, who was killed after a domestic violence episode was reported the previous night.

Here's an interactive graphic showing the area near where the crime took place. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

9News' Noel Brennan is among those at the scene of the latest incident.

It's said to have taken place early this morning.

Here's one of Brennan's tweets from the scene:

The station is reporting that the victim was a man in his fifties, adding that the police are not looking for any suspects.

That typically means someone is already in custody for the crime, although nothing to that effect has been announced at this writing.

In addition, Brennan made the following Twitter connection with an earlier tragedy at the quadplex:

The slaying to which Brennan refers involved Danielle Griego.

Early on the morning of September 16, 2014, as we reported, police responded to a domestic violence call at 1439 Lima Street. Upon their arrival at the apartment, they found Griego, but not the man said to have been her boyfriend, 44-year-old Elmo Johnson.

He'd reportedly split after choking and abusing Griego — something friends cited by the Aurora Sentinel say had happened numerous times previously. However, the Sentinel maintains that Griego wasn't cooperative with investigators.

Danielle Griego, in a photo from her Facebook page.
Danielle Griego, in a photo from her Facebook page.
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Nonetheless, Aurora police are said to have searched for Johnson, but failed to track him down.

The police ultimately left the residence, but they were called back late that same afternoon. According to a police report accessed by the Denver Post, Stephanie Griego, Danielle's mother, visited the apartment to check on her daughter's well-being and was horrified by what she found.

Danielle seemed to be sleeping on the couch. But when her mom pulled back the covers over her, she discovered the young woman was dead of a gunshot wound to the chest — and Johnson was unconscious nearby, having apparently suffered a drug overdose after killing her.

Photos from the Danielle Griego crime scene look eerily similar to the ones from this morning.
Photos from the Danielle Griego crime scene look eerily similar to the ones from this morning.

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Johnson was hospitalized for his condition but was improved enough by the next day that he was booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder and felony menacing.

As noted above, neither the victim nor any potential suspect or arrestee have been named in the current case.

The investigation is ongoing.

Update: The victim in the February incident was identified as Alvin Carrethers, 55, seen below in a photo from his Facebook page:

Alvin Carrethers.
Alvin Carrethers.
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Toni Carrethers was arrested in the crime — the second of three homicides to take place on the 1400 block of Lima Street over a six-month period. The third took place in March. See the story headlined "Man Dead After Shooting Near 1400 Lima: Aurora's Riskiest Block?" for more details.

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