Update: Opponents of Senator Kent Lambert's immigration bills have dismissed them as Arizona-imitating, Latino-alienating and budget-busting. As for proponents of the measures, they've now got a rallying cry in the hit-and-run accident that killed Jose Medina near the Rockstar Lounge this past weekend. All four people busted in the incident are reportedly in the U.S. illegally.
That's the word from the Associated Press, notes 7News, which catalogs quite a lengthy criminal record for the various arrestees. For instance, Norma Vera-Nolasko, stopped at the Phoenix airport as she was allegedly trying to flee to Mexico, was "cited in Aurora in both 2007 and 2008 for driving without a license and driving without insurance, while Eliu Montes-Garcia was "arrested in Alamosa County in May 2007 on felony distribution of dangerous drugs, driving without a license, improper license plates and driving under restraint charges." He was subsequently convicted of drug possession and sentenced to nine months in prison, after which he was deported in January 2008 -- and again in March, after being caught trying to reenter the country.
Expect to hear this case mentioned plenty at the Colorado legislature in the coming months.
Look below to see our earlier coverage:
Original item, 11:32 a.m. January 27: The arrests have been coming fast and furious in the Rockstar Lounge hit and run that killed valet Jose Medina over the weekend.
First taken into custody was Eliu Montes-Garcia, a Mexican national and double deportee with a long rap sheet. That was followed by three more just-announced busts.
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The latest suspects are Norma Vera-Nolasko, who was seized in Phoenix, allegedly en route to Mexico, as well as Yolonda Bastida-Nolasco and Guadalupe Bastida. Below, get details from a series of Denver Police Department releases on the investigation, as well as booking photos for Montes-Garcia, Vera-Nolasko, Bastida-Nolasco and Bastida.
Denver Police Department releases:
On January 26, 2011, shortly before 9:00 p.m., Denver Police contacted Phoenix Police Officers at Sky Harbor Airport concerning a wanted passenger traveling from Denver to Mexico. The passenger Norma Vera-Nolasko, had a felony warrant issued for her arrest and it was believed she was flying under an alias to Mexico through Phoenix.
The officers confirmed that she was in fact on a U.S. Air flight that was pulling away from the gate. The flight returned to the gate and Vera-Nolasko was taken into custody without incident by Phoenix Police Officers. She was subsequently booked into the Maricopa County Jail for the warrant.
Denver Police also arrested Yolonda Bastida-Nolasco (DOB03/10/67) and Guadalupe Bastida (DOB11/12/62) in Denver in connection with the crime.
It has been determined that the Hit and Run vehicle is a white GMC extended cab pick-up Colorado license plate # 895VYF. The vehicle has damage to the front right and along the passenger side.
Previous Release 01/24/11, 10:52 a.m.
On January 22, 2011, at 11:50 p.m. Denver Police responded to the scene of a hit and run accident in the 900 Block Lincoln Street. The victim was transported to Denver Health Medical Center where he was pronounced dead a short time later. Scene investigation showed the suspect vehicle was northbound on Lincoln Street when it struck the victim, a valet, who was assisting the driver out of their vehicle.
The suspect vehicle was followed by a cab driver who provided the following information: The suspect vehicle is a white, older model (03-05) GMC, Sierra, Suburban SUV type, with tinted windows and with Colorado license plate # 895VYF. The vehicle may have damage to the right front fender, and bumper.
The vehicle was last seen stopped near 20th St & Washington St.
If anyone has information regarding this case please contact Denver Police Traffic Investigations Bureau at 720-337-1000 or call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can text to CRIMES (274637) then title DMCS and enter your message or send an e-mail to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide leads to the arrest and charging of a wanted individual, you can receive a cash award up to $2,000.
More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Brandon Mondragon charged in hit-and-run that injured Tim Albo, Heather Kornman."