Ankle monitor leads to second arrest in deadly home invasion

A parolee's ankle monitor led to a second arrest in a burglary that turned deadly earlier this month.

KUSA - A parolee’s ankle monitor led to a second arrest in a burglary that turned deadly earlier this month. 

Littleton Police say the afternoon of Nov. 10, an off-duty Denver Police officer shot and killed an intruder inside his home. 

That alleged intruder has since been identified as 53-year-old Kerry Dean Hughes, who had a lengthy criminal history dating back to 2001. 

Hughes was found dead in the officer’s basement with a black and yellow crowbar lying at his feet, according to Littleton Police. 

According to court documents obtained Monday by 9NEWS, police believe Hughes had an accomplice who has since been identified thanks to witness testimony and incriminating evidence from his own ankle monitor. 

Jonathan Lowery faces charges for second-degree burglary and possession of tools in wake of the incident. The 36-year-old is being held in the Arapahoe County jail on a $100,000 cash-only bond, according to arrest records.

According to an arrest warrant from Littleton Police, he was spotted driving away from the scene of the burglary in Hughes’ gold sedan.

Though Lowery initially denied to police he had been involved, according to the arrest affidavit, Hughes’ brother-in-law contacted police and told them otherwise. 

The brother-in-law told police Lowery had told him “burglarizing [the officer’s] house was Lowery’s idea, but Lowery didn’t mean for it to go down like it did.” 

Lowery was already on parole during the investigation, and was required to wear a GPS ankle monitor. 

According to the arrest affidavit, investigators were able to match Lowery’s GPS location with the hardware store where the crowbar found with Hughes was purchased. He was also seen at the store in surveillance video, police say. 

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The GPS data also revealed that Lowery was in the backyard of the home where the burglary occurred at around the same time it was reported, and was apparently speeding down a nearby street shortly thereafter.  

In addition, according to the arrest affidavit, the witnesses were able to pick Hughes’ car out of a lineup of other cars as the one seen fleeing the scene of the burglary.

Lowery is also being held on a charge for fugitive of justice and a parole violation, according to Arapahoe County records. 

He is due in court on Dec. 7. 

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