Two teenagers accused of fatally capturing two brothers earlier this month in Lakewood had been assembly up for an unlawful gun sale or swap, based on arrest paperwork.
However, based on the paperwork, they had been planning a theft as an alternative.
Michael Anthony Mendoza, 17, and Marqueil Deandre Banks, 16, are being charged as adults, based on the Jefferson County District Lawyer’s Workplace. They’re every going through 10 counts, together with first-degree homicide, within the killings of Damian Wikoff, 18, and Dillon Wikoff, 17. They’re being held with out bond, based on a information launch.
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Lakewood police arrest two youngsters in killings of two brothers in Walmart car parking zone
Two brothers killed in capturing in Lakewood Walmart car parking zone
Lakewood police discovered Damian and Dillon earlier than 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 within the Walmart car parking zone at 7455 W. Colfax Ave. with gunshot wounds when responding to a report of a capturing, based on arrest paperwork offered by the DA’s workplace. The 2 later died at a hospital.
Witness interviews and social media messages illustrated what led to the assembly that evening with the brothers and no less than 5 different folks and the capturing that adopted. Damian had been on a break from his work shift on the close by Qdoba, and the 2 brothers had been within the car parking zone. Damian and Dillon had been making an attempt to promote or swap a gun, based on the paperwork. Dillon had exchanged lots of of messages with what seemed to be Mendoza’s Fb account, together with a couple of gun alternate that night. Mendoza had an ankle monitor on the time associated to a different case, based on the paperwork.
Mendoza advised police one of many folks with him bought in an argument with one of many brothers, so Mendoza took a shotgun and hit Damian within the head with it. The individual having an argument with one of many brothers jumped out of the automotive and shot Damian and Dillon, based on the paperwork. Mendoza stated he was advised to seize the gun, which he pulled out of a backpack within the car parking zone, and drove away.
Throughout searches and the arrests, police discovered a number of weapons, together with the one taken throughout the capturing and a pistol and rifle conversion package, based on the arrest paperwork. Additionally they discovered messages that corroborated a deliberate theft throughout the gun deal. They related Mendoza and Banks, who was on parole on the time, to the capturing.