Why It Took 5 Years to Put Alleged Killer Javier Aguirre in a Colorado Jail

A family photo of the late Lyndsay Pham. Additional photos and a video below.
A family photo of the late Lyndsay Pham. Additional photos and a video below.

In March 2010, we told you about the murder of Lyndsay Pham at Aurora's Descano Plaza Apartments, which she co-owned and managed.

It didn't take long for investigators to identify two suspects: Descano assistant manager Lupe Rubio and Javier Aguirre, who were thought to have conspired to kill Pham.

Rubio subsequently confessed to her role in the crime and is currently a Colorado Department of Corrections inmate. But Aguirre evaded responsibility for his alleged role in the homicide for more than five years.

The reason: He fled to Mexico, and extraditing him proved difficult owing to his status as a Mexican national and the fact that he was wanted for murder, a crime that could have resulted in a death sentence — and while the United States allows capital punishment, Mexico does not.

The apartment building where Lyndsay Pham died.
The apartment building where Lyndsay Pham died.

In recent days, however, Aguirre was back in Colorado and finally facing prosecution for Pham's death.

Around noon on March 3, 2010, as we reported at the time, officers with the Aurora Police Department were dispatched to the Descano, located on the 11100 block of East 16th Avenue.

The report: a critically injured woman subsequently identified as Pham. She had been beaten and was suffering from multiple stab wounds.

First responders rushed Pham to a nearby hospital, but she ultimately died of her wounds. In the meantime, officers canvassed the area looking for suspects but came up dry.

Investigators at the crime scene in 2010.
Investigators at the crime scene in 2010.

As the investigation continued, however, suspicion fell on Rubio and Aguirre — and while Rubio was ultimately arrested and charged, Aguirre managed to make it to Mexico.

Getting Aguirre back to the States wasn't easy.

17th Judicial District DA Dave Young, speaking to CBS4, notes that he had to take the death penalty off the table.

Then, he essentially needed to convince authorities in Mexico of his case's merits.

The process was long and laborious.

Another family photo of Lyndsay Pham.
Another family photo of Lyndsay Pham.

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But to the great relief of Pham's family, extradition was ultimately arranged, and on Tuesday, Aguirre made his first appearance in Adams County Court.

He's due back before a judge for a preliminary hearing scheduled for October 14. Until then, he's behind bars.

Our condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of Lyndsay Pham.

Look below to see booking photos for Aguirre and Rubio, followed by the aforementioned CBS4 piece.

Javier Aguirre.
Javier Aguirre.
Aurora Police Department
Lupe Rubio.
Lupe Rubio.
Colorado Department of Corrections


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