Denver woman killed in suspected carjacking attempt in Boulder County


A 21-year-old Denver woman was killed in a suspected carjacking attempt on U.S. 287 in Boulder County, sheriff’s officials said.

Two residents of the Greeley area were arrested and face second-degree murder charges in connection with the shooting.

According to a Boulder County Sheriff’s Office news release, 23-year-old Martin Cerda and 24-year-old Adriana Vargas were arrested early Sunday and face one charge each of second-degree murder. Cerda also faces charges of attempted aggravated robbery, vehicular eluding and possession of a weapon by a previous offender. Vargas also faces a charge of possession of a weapon by a previous offender and was also arrested on several warrants not related to the homicide investigation.

According to the news release, a Larimer County sheriff’s deputy attempted to stop a vehicle that he suspected of driving under the influence near Berthoud. The vehicle eluded the deputy and the deputy stopped the pursuit when he lost sight of the vehicle heading south on U.S. 287 near Colo. 56.

At about 12:30 a.m., the Boulder County Communications Center got a report of a disabled vehicle on U.S. 287 at Yellowstone Road in unincorporated Boulder County north of Longmont. It was also reported that people were seen running away from the vehicle.

About 10 minutes later, the center got a call from a hospital in Longmont noting physicians were treating a patient with an apparent gunshot wound. The 21-year-old female patient was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital.


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