Deonte Crews, an eighteen-year-old "self-admitted" gang member, has been arrested and charged with attempted murder for shooting into a group of people standing in a yard at 4490 North Dillon Street in Montbello on July 12. A probable cause statement on view below says Crews is a member of the Bloods, while "several of the people (at the address) are known and documented Crip gang members." A 43-year-old woman was struck in the back by a bullet.
Denver has seen several high-profile shootings this summer, including the death of Denver police officer Celena Hollis. While the police say the level of violence has been decreasing, it's caused some in the community to wonder if Denver is headed toward another "Summer of Violence." As explained in our recent cover story, "Flash Point," the shootings have prompted neighborhood meetings, candlelight vigils and citywide forums.
Crews has been charged with two counts of a criminal attempt to commit murder in the first degree, as well as one count of first-degree assault. The probable cause statement says a black male who witnesses later identified as Crews fired approximately nine rounds into the group standing in the front yard of 4490 North Dillon Street at about 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 12. Police encountered Crews a few blocks away. The probable cause statement says he's a "self-admitted and documented" gang member.
The Denver District Attorney's Office has not yet released a mug shot of Crews because photo IDs are still being completed; the image above is from his Facebook page, but we've cropped it to obscure his identity. He's being held on a $250,000 bond and is due in court again on July 19.
Here's the probable cause statement.
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