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Suspects charged in crime spree that resulted in death of Denver student

The suspects are charged in a crime spree that resulted in the death of a student at Yeshiva Toras Chaim school in Denver.

DENVER — The five people arrested in connection with a crime spree earlier this month that left a student dead and another man seriously wounded have been formally charged.

All five suspects were charged Friday. Four of the five suspects were arrested Aug. 18 just a day after the crime spree:

  • Isaiah Freeman, 18
  • Seth Larhode, 21
  • Aden Sides, 18
  • Noah Loepp-Hall, 19

Samuel Fussell was arrested in Greeley on Aug. 25. All five suspects have been charged with between 15 and 25 felonies, according to court documents. They including the following:

  • First-degree murder- felony murder
  • Burglary
  • Felony menacing
  • aggravated motor vehicle theft

They were arrested in connection with a string of violent incidents beginning late on Aug. 17. Denver Police said initially they were connected to five incidents but have since uncovered a sixth incident linked to the men. It's also possible, according to DPD, that they could be linked to other crimes around the metro area. 

The first of the six incidents happened around 10 p.m. on Aug. 17 when police received a report of a car in a parking lot on the 2700 block of West Alameda Avenue being broken into.

Witnesses reported having a gun pulled on them while confronting the individuals breaking into a car before the suspects left the scene in a stolen dark blue 2020 Toyota Camry with license plate number AGN Z29. Police said no injuries were reported in this incident.

Officers were then called to a reported carjacking incident around 10:50 p.m. near the intersection of East Colfax Avenue and Grape Street. 

Credit: DPD
Samuel Fussell

The suspects arrived in the stolen Camry, and police said one entered the victim's 2018 Honda CRV with Colorado license plate number CGOW44. When the victim moved to confront the suspect in his CRV, the suspect pointed a gun at him, police said. No injures were reported in this incident.

DPD said a business burglary occurred around 11 p.m. on the 1300 block of East Colfax Avenue.

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About 10 minutes after the burglary, police said a man was walking in the area of North Lafayette Street and East Colfax Avenue when he was approached by several men wearing masks, ordered to the ground and robbed. During the incident, the victim was shot by one of the suspects and he was transported to the hospital in critical condition but is expected to survive, police said.

Around 11:35 p.m., police were called to the Yeshiva Toras Chaim school on the 1500 block of North Stuart Street for a reported shooting. Investigators believe the victim was walking outside of the school when the suspects approached and began shooting at him, police said. 

The victim was identified by the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner as 18-year-old Shmuel Silverberg, a student at the school. He was taken to the hospital with multiple gunshot injuries where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

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Police said they believe the victims were targeted at random so at this time have no reason to believe the killing of Silverberg was a bias-motivated crime.

The next incident involving the suspects was a burglary at a Lakewood business on South Union Boulevard, where DPD said a gray 1998 Toyota RAV4 with Colorado license plate number AGN Z29 was stolen.

All five suspects are due in court at 8:30 a.m. on Sept 2 for advisement hearings and are being held without bond.

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