4
| Crime |

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

^
Keep Westword Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Denver and help keep the future of Westword free.

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:

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....

...and another:

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.

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.

Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.

Keep Westword Free... Since we started Westword, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Denver, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Denver with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.

 

Join the Westword community and help support independent local journalism in Denver.