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Man charged with killing his 78-year-old father in Commerce City

Jorge Francisco Hernandez-Escarena was arrested for first-degree murder on Dec. 8.

COMMERCE CITY, Colo. — A man was arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder after police said they found another man dead inside a Commerce City home on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Officers were called a disturbance at 5521 W. 65th Ave. at around 3:30 a.m., the Commerce City Police Department (CCPD) said in a release.

The suspect, Jorge Francisco Hernandez-Escarena, 26, was found jumping on top of a parked vehicle in the street, according to police.

He made some sort of statement that made officers check on the welfare of a man inside a nearby home, CCPD said.

When officers entered the home, they found a man who was dead inside. 

The 17th Judicial District Attorney's Office (DA) has charged Hernandez-Escarena with first-degree murder after deliberation.

The district attorney's office said the man that was found dead was Hernandez-Escarena's 78-year-old father. The DA's office said Benigno Hernandez-Moreno was found with severe head trauma.

Hernandez-Escarena was advised of the charge in court Monday morning. 

Hernandez-Escarena's next court hearing is scheduled for Jan. 29.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867 or by visiting metrodenvercrimestoppers.com. Tipsters can remain anonymous and may be eligible for a reward of up to $2,000. 

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers works by assigning a code to people who anonymously submit a tip. Information is shared with law enforcement, and Crime Stoppers are notified at the conclusion of the investigation. 

From there, an awards committee reviews the information provided and, if the information leads to an arrest, the tipster will be notified. Rewards can be collected using the code numbers received when the tip was originally submitted. 

More information about Metro Denver Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

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