Authorities in Colorado said that three men have been detained for allegedly hurling sizable landscaping rocks at least seven vehicles last week. The driver Alexa Bartell, 20, died in the seventh and last incident.
The suspects, all 18-year-old high school seniors, were detained at their parents’ houses in Arvada during the course of the previous night and are currently being charged with first-degree murder with the utmost disregard, according to a statement released by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.
Authorities said they anticipate filing additional charges. The identity of the suspect or suspects, who have been named as Joseph Koenig, Nicholas “Mitch” Karol-Chik, and Zachary Kwak, is unknown, although all three are suspected of throwing rocks, according to the authorities. Authorities claimed that it appears they tossed the rocks while driving.
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Bartell was killed on April 19 at about 10:45 p.m. when someone threw a huge rock through her windshield, according to the sheriff’s office. According to the sheriff’s office, six additional cars in the vicinity had rocks thrown at them one hour before Bartell was slain. Two of those instances involved minor injuries to the drivers.
One of the four unharmed victims was a Lyft and Uber driver named Nathan Tipton. “When I learned that this chain of incidents actually led to the death of a young woman, I felt bad for Alexa and her family.” It a little bit shocked me. It definitely affected my wife, he told reporters on Tuesday.
According to the sheriff’s office, the arrests were made possible by phone forensics and public knowledge. Prosecutors claimed that the community is furious and that “an innocent life” was lost when the three defendants appeared in court for the first time on Thursday. The teenagers, who were detained with no bond, will appear in court once more on May 3.