Aurora Police responded to a home robbery around 8 p.m. one evening in June 2013. According to a police report, the homeowner found a key broken off in the lock. Among the items taken were two handguns and two rifles. The victim reported the weapons stolen, including the make, model and serial numbers, to APD. That information was entered into state and national databases.
On May 19, 2014, a woman ran into an emergency room shouting “they shot him!”
Marcus Armstrong-Roman had been shot during a drug deal; he was pronounced dead at 2:50 a.m.
Days later, Denver police officers found a crack pipe in the pocket of Nicholas Davis during a traffic stop. When they searched his car, they found a .40-caliber handgun. It matched one of the handguns taken from the Aurora home a year earlier. It also matched the shell casings from the bullets used to murder Marcus Armstrong-Roman.
9Wants to Know identified at least four murders committed using stolen guns in Colorado since 2012. In one case, the theft was reported just eight days before the homicide. In another, the weapon was stolen three years before the murder.
Jesse Oliver was convicted for murdering Robert Brown and paralyzing then-17-year-old Aysia Quinn in front of Brown’s Montbello home on Sept. 16, 2015. The weapon used, a Smith and Wesson handgun, had been reported stolen from a house in Douglas County two years before the shooting.
Brandon Moore, who had legally purchased the weapon, said he didn’t know the firearm stolen from his home had been used in a murder.
“Are you serious?” he said in an interview with reporter Brian Freskos with The Trace. “That’s exactly why I reported it stolen, because I was afraid something like that was going to happen.”