NIBIN leads to stiff charges for armed robbers, shooters


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NIBIN Impact: Despite the fact the gun was never recovered, NIBIN led to stiff charges for two juvenile defendants responsible for seven shootings in Denver, Colorado, between Nov. 16 and 23, 2015. Without NIBIN, the juveniles would only have been charged with two armed robberies.


Defendants pled guilty to:

  • Attempted Murder  
  • Burglary
  • Felony Menacing
  • Assault
  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Motor Vehicle Theft

Sentence: Both juveniles were sentenced to five years in prison.

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Case details

A .45-caliber pistol was used in seven different shootings in Denver, Colorado, in just over two weeks in November 2015. The first shooting was a drive by Nov. 16, 2015. Over the next two days, suspects would commit an armed carjacking and shoot into two occupied buildings. On. Nov. 21, three crimes were committed: a drive-by shooting into an occupied building, a victimless shots fired and an armed robbery in which no shots were fired. On Nov. 23, there was another drive-by shooting and an armed robbery where no shots were fired. However, the victim was able to use GPS to track their stolen phone, leading investigators to the vehicle used in the robbery parked outside a home. 


Two 14-year-old suspects were arrested for the robbery, and police found items stolen from two of their recent robbery victims. During a search of the vehicle, police found three .45 caliber shell casings that matched the 28 shell casings collected from the above shootings.


Thanks to NIBIN, the suspects were charged with multiple crimes beyond the two armed robberies where the victims’ possessions were recovered. On Nov. 30, 2016, one suspect pled guilty to attempted murder, felony menacing and aggravated robbery and is currently serving five years in prison. The other suspect pled guilty to attempted murder, two counts of aggravated robbery, assault and motor vehicle theft and was sentenced to five years in prison, March 2, 2017.


This case was investigated by the Denver Police Department Gang Unit with assistance from Denver’s Crime Gun Intelligence Center. The Denver CGIC uses cutting-edge technology and a dedicated investigative team to stop shooters and identify their source of crime guns before they can commit further criminal acts. It is a partnership between ATF, Denver Police Department; Aurora Police Department; Lakewood Police Department; the District Attorney's Offices for Denver, Arapahoe, Adams, and Jefferson counties; and the U.S. Attorney's Office.


Last Reviewed October 31, 2017