four suspects arrested, 1 on the run after Shmuel Silverberg was fatally shot in against the law in Denver – CBS Denver
DENVER (CBS4) – Denver Police announced the arrest of four young men Thursday after a killing spree earlier this week that injured one person and killed Shmuel Silverberg. A fifth suspect, identified as Samuel Fussell, remains at large.
“We do not know the exact motivation other than senseless violence in several places in our city and in the metropolitan area for which we believe these people are responsible,” said Denver Police Chief Paul Pazen during a press conference on Thursday afternoon.
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The suspects were arrested on Wednesday night. They are all 21 or younger. You have been identified as:
– Isaiah Freeman, Jan.
– Seth Larhode, 21
– Aden pages, 18
– Noah Loepp-Saal, 19
They are charged with first degree murder, threats and aggravated car theft.
The fifth suspect, Fussell, 19, remains on the run but the police are determined to catch up with him.
“We are actively working with our partners to take this suspect into custody,” said Pazen.
Police say they had a criminal record as teenagers and they all met in a juvenile detention center in Golden.
“The fact that we have a group of relatively young people willing to run this kind of rampage in our community is unacceptable,” said Pazen. “We cannot tolerate that in our community. It is not okay. And we need community help, just as we need all aspects of the criminal justice system to hold people accountable for their violent crimes. “
The fatal shooting occurred late Tuesday evening in west Denver outside the Yeshiva Toras Chaim Talmudical Seminary near West Colfax Avenue and North Stuart Street. Silverberg, a student there, was shot dead when the suspects approached him. He was from the Cleveland area.
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“The murder of student Shmuel Silverberg has shocked the Jewish community, not just here in Denver and Colorado, but across the United States,” said Pazen.
Investigators do not believe that Silverberg’s murder was the result of a biased crime.
“This is also confirmed by the statements of the perpetrators who agreed to an interview yesterday evening and this morning. At the time, no one mentioned the victim’s religion or offered any information to suggest it was the school or the Jewish community, ”Denver Police said Cmdr. Matt Clark.
Other crimes that formed part of the rampage included two carjackings that seriously injured one person and breaking into a store in Lakewood. The car theft preceded the fatal shooting and the break-in occurred the next morning.
“Although I can’t understand it, the best explanation we have right now is that this group of perpetrators went out and arbitrarily attacked, robbed, stolen, and shot, and eventually killed, someone that evening,” said Clark.
The police have found a firearm but are still looking for the Toyota Rav4. Two other cars were recovered in Denver and Aurora.
“We encourage anyone who has information about this crime series or has photos or videos to share with us so that we can strengthen our case,” said Pazen.
Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to contact Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867). You can send an SMS to CRIMES (274637) then name DMCS and type your message or send an email to metro-denvercrimestoppers.com. If the information you provide results in the arrest and prosecution of someone wanted, you could receive a cash award of up to $ 27,000.
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The Anti-Defamation League Mountain States REGion welcomed the arrest of suspects in the fatal shooting at Silverberg. They released the statement: “We commend the Denver Police Department and local law enforcement agencies for their speed of action in identifying and arresting suspects in this horrific murder,” said Scott Levin, ADL Mountain States regional director. “Although the police do not believe the victim was targeted because of his Jewish identity, the shooting certainly shook the feeling of peace and quiet in the community. We continue to extend our deepest condolences to Shmuel Silverberg’s family and friends and support the entire Yeshiva Toras Chaim community. “