We finally know the identities of the victims in the Adams County triple murder for which Furmen Leyba and Gabriel Flores have been formally charged: They are Johnny Angel Gutierrez, eighteen, Jason Albert Quizada, 37, and Jayson Antonio Figueroa, seventeen, Moreover, one person is said to have survived the attack. Continue for photos, videos and details, followed by our previous coverage of this shocking crime.
As we've reported, three bodies were found in a home at 21 Cragmore Street early on December 10.
Flores and Leyba were quickly identified as suspects, with the former taken into custody hours later after a chase in Jefferson County. Leyba, for his part, received a pair of cuffs on December 12 in an incident that resulted in a detective being shot. However, Leyba hasn't been accused of pulling the trigger in this particular case, and the placement of a Thornton police officer on administrative leave suggests that the wounding may have come as a result of friendly fire.
The 17th Judicial District DA's office is now identifying the victims as Gutierrez, Quizada and Figueroa, The latter's Facebook page contains plenty of portraits, including this one.... ...and this one.... ...as well as memorial messages that include "Rest Easy Brother!" and "RIP KING FEEN!"
Also on view are numerous shots featuring handguns and rifles, and that jibes with possible motivation floated by the prosecutors. A release says that Flores and Leyba allegedly "took money, firearms, drugs and credit cards" from several people, including Quijada and Joshua Williamson, who survived the assault.
There are no shortage of allegations in the case. Flores's beefs include three counts apiece of first-degree murder after deliberation, felony murder, aggravated robbery and being a habitual offender, plus one attempted-first-degree-murder accusation and eight crimes-of-violence counts, for a total of 21. The accusations against Leyba -- felony murder and aggravated robbery times three, plus six crimes of violence and vehicular eluding -- add up to thirteen. Their preliminary hearing is set for February.
Continue for our previous coverage of the Adams County triple murder. Update, 5:40 a.m. December 15: Last week, we told you about the arrest of one man and the search for another, Furmen Leyba, in relation to a triple murder in Adams County; see our previous coverage below. Leyba has now been taken into custody, but further questions remain. Among them: Did a member of the Thornton Police Department shoot a detective during the bust? Continue for photos, videos and details.
Early on Wednesday morning, December 10, as we've reported, investigators found three bodies at a home on 21 Cragmore Street, an Adams County location near Federal Heights. At this writing, the victims have still not been identified, but two suspects were sought in the immediate aftermath of the grisly discovery.
Then, that afternoon, a chase in Jefferson County led to the arrest of a man subsequently identified as Gabriel Flores; his booking photo is below.
Then, on Friday, Leyba was rounded up -- but not without consequence.
According to the Adams County Sheriff's Office, detectives located Leyba in what is generically described as "the north Denver area;" CBS4 pins it down to an area in the vicinity of 39th and Bryant.
Along the way, the ACSO notes that an Adams County detective was wounded by gunfire. He was subsequently transported to Denver Health in fair condition for what were described as non-life-threatening conditions. As can be seen in the image at the top of this post, the detective appears to have been hit in the arm.
The ACSO is keeping all other info to itself thus far. But CBS4 has learned that the Thornton Police Department has placed an officer on administrative leave -- standard procedure after a shooting.
This development raises the specter that the detective was wounded by friendly fire.
Flores has already made his first court appearance, while Leyba is expected to follow suit this week.
In the meantime, we remain in the dark about motives in the triple murder or what has led police to believe that Flores and Leyba are responsible.
Continue for our previous coverage of the Adams County triple murder. Original post, 5:49 a.m. December 11: Three people have reportedly been shot to death in Adams County and one man is in custody while a second, Furmen Leyba, is currently wanted by authorities. Here's what we know thus far about this shocking crime, in photos, videos and more.
According to CBS4, the slayings took place in a house at 21 Cragmore Street, southeast of Federal Heights. The area is captured in the following interactive graphic; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."
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Authorities arrived at the scene shortly after 7 a.m. yesterday morning, for reasons described by CBS4's Rahel Solomon in the following tweet:
— Rahel Solomon (@RahelCBS4) December 10, 2014
The station shares this excerpt from radio dispatch:
Dispatch: I'm getting an unknown medical...DOA 21 Cragmore...female very hysterical ... saying someone took her money then stating three people DOA on scene.
Responder: Okay, 21 Cragmore...no history...go back further.
Dispatch: Need you to go to Cragmore...party hysterical...keeps hanging up.
Dispatch: Possible homicide suspect...reference shooting this morning at 21 Cragmore...suspect in black Jeep -- two-door, hard top, Hispanic male wearing white shirt, black sweatpants.
This vehicle description is key. Yesterday afternoon, Jacki Kelley, public information officer for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office, shared a tweet of her own, accompanied by an intriguing statement:
— Jacki (@Jacki_PIO) December 10, 2014
The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office subsequently posted photos from the incident's aftermath on its Facebook page. Here's one....
...and a second: A caption on the pics notes: "#JCSO pursuit ended earlier today by a PIT maneuver by a #Jeffco deputy."
Additional details of the pursuit are shared by 7News. The pursuit is said to have taken place shortly before 4 p.m., with the driver piloting the Jeep onto a Hayden Park walking trail, where the vehicle lost a bumper, before turning onto Rooney Road. Kelley told the station one of the Jeep's windows was broken by deputies before a male driver and a female passenger were taken into custody. 9News reports that one of these two has been arrested.
Meanwhile, deputies are searching for Furmen Leyba, thirty, in connection with the crimes. He's described as being six-feet-one and 215 pounds, with numerous tattoos on his neck. An online search reveals an arrest in Adams County circa August and a Jeffco bust in October.
At this writing, neither the victims nor the names of those taken into custody after the chase have been released. If you have any information about the crimes or Leyba's whereabouts, you're encouraged to phone investigators at 720-322-1313. He's thought to be armed and dangerous.
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Below, see a larger version of Leyba's latest mug shot, followed by two videos: one from CBS4 about the murders, another courtesy of 7News about the Jefferson County chase.
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