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Suspect in custody after Father's Day shooting

Esteban Lopez was shot June 19 and died on July 7.

AURORA, Colo. — A man who was wanted in connection with a fatal shooting last month is back in custody.

Esteban Lopez, 30, was shot on June 19 at a home in the 13000 block of East 7th Avenue. He died on July 7 due to complications from his injuries, according to the Arapahoe County coroner. His death was classified as a homicide.

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The suspect, 24-year-old Juan Serrano, was taken into custody initially on a first-degree assault charge but posted bond on June 20 and was released from custody, Aurora Police said. 

After the victim died, APD said they did not know where Serrano was and were looking for him. In an update on July 14, APD said that he was back in custody.

Credit: Aurora Police
Juan Serrano

Court records show he was initially charged with the following: 

  • Attempted murder
  • Attempted murder - extreme indifference
  • Assault with a deadly weapon
  • Assault - extreme indifference
  • Violent crime - causing death or serious injuries.

Investigators with APD have been working with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office since the victim's death and said updated charges for Serrano are pending. 

He is due in court on July 19.

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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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