The 10 Most Disturbing Colorado Crimes of May

We recently altered our monthly mugshot roundup to provide more information about the context and details of each offense — and to put the focus on the most disturbing Colorado crimes we covered during the previous four weeks or so.

And in May, there were all too many incidents that qualified.

Among those featured below are homicides, attempted killings (one allegedly prompted by a disagreement over the price of a testosterone supplement, another that resulted from an address mixup), and a teacher who admitted to having sex with a middle-schooler forty to fifty times.

Continue to see photos and excerpts from each report, followed by links that will connect you with our original items.

We're accustomed to hearing about people pleading for mercy on behalf of family members accused of terrible crimes.

Take the case of Brendan Johnson, whose mother launched a campaign to save him from the death penalty even though he was accused of killing her parents, Charles and Shirley Severance.

But the dynamic is different for nineteen-year-old Dylan Eason, who allegedly murdered his stepmother, Dr. Cynthia Campbell Eason, a Burlington veterinarian, in league with an accomplice, Isaiah Churchwell, 24.

Jon Eason, Dylan's dad, reportedly thinks the death penalty is the appropriate penalty for both men, including his son.

Read more in Dylan Eason's Dad Wants Death for Son Accused of Killing Stepmom

The Twitter profile photo of Loveland's Jason Halla makes it clear that he works out.

A lot.

How did he build up his muscles to such an impressive degree? He apparently got some assistance from testosterone supplements — products that police say led to a violent turn of events.

Jason is currently clinging to life after being shot by his brother, Sean Halla, reportedly over a $30 price increase in testosterone supplements.

Read more in Sean Halla Allegedly Shot Brother Over $30 Testosterone Price Increase

We recently told you about the arrest of Denver police officer Davin Munk for suspicion of sexual assault and more.

Now come some unexpected twists.

First up: the arrest of a second suspect, 47-year-old Angiella Arnot, who's also being investigated on multiple sexual-assault beefs.

Secondly, the allegations reportedly pertain to a sexual assault that was aided by another individual, that employed the use of a weapon or that caused serious bodily injury.

Read more in 2nd Arrest in Denver Cop Davin Munk Bust: Did Angiella Arnot Aid Sex Assault?

Earlier this week, we told you about the search for Kenneth Bastidos, a suspect in a May 4 murder outside an Adams County motel. (Editor's note: Bastidos was subsequently captured.)

A second man, Jose Ocampo, has been formally charged with first-degree murder after deliberation, first-degree murder extreme indifference and attempted first-degree murder — and because he's accused of committing a crime of violence as a habitual offender, his sentence could be enhanced if he's found guilty.

Meanwhile, we've learned much more about the victim of the crime, Michael House.

House's sister, Danielle Urban, acknowledges that he had his own troubles with the law. But she stresses that he was a loving father of three as well as a rapper who recorded under the name Syklone Co3. Indeed, a song he wrote as a tribute to two relatives who died will now be played at his own funeral.

Read more in Michael House, R.I.P.: Rapper and Dad Murdered Defending a Woman

An arrest warrant for Katrina Kennedy suggests that social media acted more quickly — and more aggressively — than did law enforcement when it came to holding the alleged child abuser responsible for her actions.

The document, on view below in its entirety, reveals that officers for the community of Lochbuie, located in Weld County, had possession of a video showing Kennedy tormenting, and possibly bashing, her toddler son.

But an arrest wasn't made until the video became a shocking viral sensation on social media.

Read more in How Social Media Busted Alleged Child Abuser Katrina Kennedy Before Cops Did

Continue to learn about five more shocking Colorado crimes from May.

According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Joe Thompson reacted to a woman leaving his car in the midst of an argument in an extreme way.

By running over her.

Indeed, the woman is said to have wound up underneath the vehicle after the incident, in which Thompson, 32, faces a wide variety of charges — including child abuse, because a two-year-old was in the vehicle at the time.

The incident took place at approximately 6:52 a.m. on the 3400 block of West County Road 54G in the community of Laporte.

Read more in Woman Who Left Joe Thompson's Car During Fight Wound Up Underneath It

We've been keeping you updated on a home invasion in Golden during which suspects allegedly broke into the wrong house in search of $10,000 worth of drugs and cash.

During the incident, homeowner/middle-school teacher Jesse Swift was stabbed, as was one suspect, Caleb Williams.

The latest: Julia Johnson, thought to be the so-called getaway driver in the crime, has been taken into custody, joining Williams and a seventeen-year-old male who hasn't been identified thus far because of his age.

In the meantime, Swift is finally out of intensive care and continuing to heal, Williams is expressing regret about nearly taking the man's life, and a fourth suspect, Cody Jones, remains at large as of this writing.

Read more in Julia Johnson Busted in Home Invasion, Caleb Williams Sorry He Stabbed Teacher

We recently told you about three overnight homicides in Aurora — including a double murder at the Sunrise Apartments on 13th Avenue.

Now, the Aurora Police Department has made an arrest in the latter.

Ken Kaminga, 35, has been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder times two.

Read more in Ken Kaminga Busted for Aurora Double Murder

We've been reporting about the murder of Shane Richardson, which took place early on May 2 in an apartment over Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli.

After Richardson was killed, a fire was set in the apartment that forced Rosenberg's to close, and more than three weeks later, it still hasn't reopened — though a Facebook post notes that the deli's crew will be on hand at the Source Marketplace this Sunday, May 29.

In the meantime, there's been a break in the homicide case. Brian Pattison, a self-employed tattoo artist, has been arrested and charged in Richardson's death.

Read more in Tattoo Pro Brian Pattison Busted in Shane Richardson's Murder Over Rosenberg's

We hear all too often about teachers accused of having sex with underage students.

Indeed, in 2012, we published a roundup of five teacher-student sex allegations in Colorado, featuring the cases of Alexandra McLean, Courtney Bowles, Oscar Ponce, Zachary Meints and Tera Rawlings.

Nonetheless, the actions of Greeley's Katerina Bardos remain absolutely jaw-dropping.

Bardos has now been sentenced following guilty pleas related to felony child abuse and a criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child — a boy with whom she began a relationship when he was twelve.

Prosecutors say the two had sex forty to fifty times — and she reportedly supplied him with marijuana, too.

Read more in Teacher Katerina Bardos Guilty of 40-50 Sex Acts With Middle School Student

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