Crime

Israel "Izzy" Alvarado, 16, to Be Tried as Adult for Alameda Homicide


Update: Earlier this month, we told you about the passing of William Romo-Rodriguez, who died trying to prevent a carjacking at a Denver-area business where he worked.

The incident was classified as a homicide. See our previous coverage below.

Now, a suspect has been arrested in the case.

Israel Alvarado, also known as Izzy, is just sixteen-years-old.



In most criminal cases, Alvarado's name and likeness would not be shared, owing to his status as a juvenile.

But the Denver District Attorney's Office has formally charged him as an adult. — an announcement made even before he'd been busted.

The allegation: one count of first-degree murder.

On July 15, CBS4 broadcast a report about the naming of Alvarado as a suspect in the incident.


Early on July 3, he's thought to have been trying to carjack a vehicle from El Mechanico, an auto-repair shop at 3151 West Alameda Avenue.

Romo-Rodriguez tried to stop him, but he was either struck or run over during the attempt and suffered fatal injuries.

The driver, meanwhile, fled the scene on foot.

Now, the DPD is revealing that Alvarado was taken into custody on the same day the CBS4 story aired — July 15. 7News maintains that he surrendered to authorities and quotes from a police report saying that he "floored the gas" when Romo-Rodriguez tried to prevent him from stealing the car.

Look below to see a larger version of Alvarado's pic, followed by the CBS4 piece from July 15 and our previous coverage, with much more information about Romo-Rodriguez.


Original post, 7:00 a.m. July 7: On June 21, Stephanie Romo Santoyo posted on Facebook about her father, William Romo-Rodriguez.

"Happy father's day to the best dad in the world! We love you so much! Thank you for everything and for all your support!" she wrote.

Less than two weeks later, the messages were infinitely sadder. One reads, simply, "R.I.P William."

On July 2, Romo-Rodriguez celebrated his 41st birthday. Early the next morning, he was killed trying to prevent a carjacking — and the person who stole the vehicle is now wanted for murder.

According to the Denver Police Department, the incident took place at El Mechanico, an auto-repair business at 3161 West Alameda Avenue. The area is captured in the following interactive graphic. If you have problems seeing the image, click "View on Google Maps."


At approximately 3:45 a.m. on July 3, DPD officers were dispatched to the location.

There, they found Romo-Rodriguez, who had been ejected from a black Volvo SUV that he'd tried to prevent a man from stealing.


Romo-Rodriguez was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center.

However, he soon succumbed to his injuries.

What happened? A reconstruction by Fox31 suggests that when Romo-Rodriguez saw the theft taking place, he jumped in front of the Volvo and tried to pull the suspect from behind the wheel.

At that point, he was struck by the vehicle, and possibly dragged under it.


Thus far, the police don't have a description of the suspect, who fled on foot, leaving the SUV behind — so they're asking for assistance from the public. Those with information about the case are encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867), which is offering a reward of up to $2,000.

As the search for the killer goes on, Romo-Rodriguez's family is remembering. A Facebook Flipjam tribute video to Romo-Rodriguez features images like this one....


...and this one....


...and this one:

 The post accompanying the video reads:
You were the best father anyone could ever ask for. You always put your children first and helped everyone you could. I promise I will never leave you, even now that you are physically gone. You have taught me so much and I will make you proud. Dad, I will miss you so much but you will forever remain in my heart. R.I.P William Romo.
We offer our sincere condolences to the friends, family and loved ones of William Romo-Rodriguez.

Look below to see a Fox31 report broadcast in the immediate aftermath of the incident.


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