A 14-year-old boy is the suspected gunman in the killing of a 32-year-old woman who was shot in the head last month while driving on West Colfax Avenue in Denver, and prosecutors have charged the teen and an 18-year-old with first-degree murder.
The Denver District Attorney’s Office announced Monday it has charged the 14-year-old, who was not identified because he is a juvenile, and 18-year-old Neshan Johnson — the suspected driver — in the fatal Feb. 20 shooting of Pamela Cabriales.
The DA also has filed a motion seeking to transfer the juvenile case to adult court.
According to a probable cause statement, Cabriales was sitting in her 2008 Land Rover SUV on West Colfax Avenue at Interstate 25 around 10:45 p.m. when, a witness told police, a suspect standing next to the passenger side of a dark four-door Honda fired a gun six times into the Range Rover before driving away.
Cabriales suffered at least one gunshot to the head and was rushed to Denver Health Medical Center in “extremely critical” condition, according to the probable cause statement. She died several days later.
Police found eight “bullet defects” in the Range Rover’s windshield, according to the probable cause statement.
The two suspects avoided arrest until the next day, when Denver police Officer Katie Phillips saw and recognized the Honda from a previous shooting incident at a McDonald’s restaurant on Feb. 19.
According to the probable cause statement, Phillips pursued the suspects’ vehicle until it crashed into a wooden pole on Tejon Street, knocking a fire hydrant down. The car also went through a chain-link fence.
“DPD Metro Swat and K-9 Units searched the area and found Johnson hiding in a nearby shed,” a news release read. “The alleged shooter and another male juvenile were also arrested.”
The probable cause statement said that there were 16 rounds of live ammunition and a shell casing found in the shed where Johnson hid. The suspects’ vehicle also had two AR-15 rifles “in plain view.”
Prosecutors charged the 14-year-old with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder with extreme indifference, one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault with extreme indifference and two counts of the sentencing enhancing charge of being an aggravated juvenile offender, according to the news release.
Johnson is charged with two counts of first-degree murder, one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree murder with extreme indifference, one count of criminal attempt to commit first-degree assault with extreme indifference and one count of vehicular eluding.
The DA’s office has not announced any charges against the third suspect arrested.
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