Crime

Denver Police Haven't Made an Arrest in Thirteen 2018 Homicides

A recent analysis showed that 168 of 312 homicides in Denver between January 1, 2010, and the end of February 2017, or more than 53 percent, didn't result in an arrest. The record is better than that during the first part of 2018. However, no one has been arrested in more than 40 percent of the 32 Denver homicides from January 1 to June 1, including seven of nine in January alone.

This information was provided by the Denver Police Department, whose data is on view below. The numbers show the homicides that took place within the Mile High City's limits during the first five months or so of 2018 have established a disquieting pace. Note that 56 homicides happened in Denver circa all of 2017 — a total tied for the most for any year since 2010.

Of those 32 homicides, nineteen have resulted in arrests at this writing, while thirteen have not.

The DPD stats don't include a racial breakdown of victims, who were predominantly black and Hispanic, according to details about Denver homicides obtained by the Washington Post for the first six-plus years of this decade. However, gender info is included, and it shows that 28 of the 32 victims have been male. Also noted are addresses and neighborhoods where the crimes were committed.

Five Points was the setting for the most homicides during the first five months of 2018, with four, followed by three in the Central Business District. Additionally, this year has seen four double homicides thus far. Arrests have been made in two of them.

Continue to see information about the 32 Denver homicides and which have ended with an arrest.

click to enlarge The 000 block of South Hazel Court. - GOOGLE MAPS
The 000 block of South Hazel Court.
Google Maps
January 4, 2018

Joshua Jost
Male, 44
Incident location: 000 block of South Hazel Court
Neighborhood: Barnum
Cause of death: Sharp force injury
Arrest: No

January 5, 2018

Guillermo Orenlas
Male, 43
Incident location: 3700 block of Chestnut Place
Neighborhood: Five Points
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: No

Jose Rufugio Herrera-Cabral
Male, 35
Incident location: 3700 block of Chestnut Place
Neighborhood: Five Points
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: No

January 14, 2018

Jeramy Montano
Male, 29
Incident location: 800 block of South Federal Boulevard
Neighborhood: Westwood
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: Yes

January 21, 2018

Clarissa Wilkens
Female, 30
Incident location: 1500 block of South Albion Street
Neighborhood: Virginia Village
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: Yes

January 26, 2018

Santiago Lee
Male, 31
Incident location: 300 block of South Federal Boulevard
Neighborhood: Athmar Park
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: No

click to enlarge The 6600 block of Leetsdale Drive. - GOOGLE MAPS
The 6600 block of Leetsdale Drive.
Google Maps
January 28, 2018

Urocca Guyton
Male, 31
Incident location: 6600 block of Leetsdale Drive
Neighborhood: Washington-Virginia Vale
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: No

Kendrick Shaw
Male, 26
Incident location: 6600 block of Leetsdale Drive
Neighborhood: Washington-Virginia Vale
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: No

January 30, 2018

Donnie Howard
Male, 53
Incident location: 2100 block of Arapahoe Street
Neighborhood: Five Points
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: No

February 3, 2018

Abisai Ponce Gutierrez
Male, 18
Incident location: 13100 block of East Elgin Place
Neighborhood: Montbello
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: Yes

Byron Ware
Male, 17
Incident location: 13100 block of East Elgin Place
Neighborhood: Montbello
Cause of death: Gunshot
Arrest: Yes
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