16-year-old suspect sought in carjacking death to be charged as adult

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A man died after trying to stop a car theft on Denver's westside on Friday, July 3, 2015.

DENVER — The 16-year-old suspect sought in the killing of a man during an attempted carjacking will be charged as an adult, officials said Wednesday.

Israel “Izzy” Alvarado, 16, is wanted for first-degree murder after he allegedly attempted to steal a car from a Denver auto repair shop and killed a man who tried to stop him on July 3.

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged Alvarado as an adult in the case, his office announced Wednesday.

The victim was William Romo-Rodriguez, 41, who owned El Mecanico at 3161 W. Alameda Ave. Police say he saw the man take off in the car, which was parked in front of his shop, and then ran after the vehicle and tried to get the suspect out.

Romo-Rodriguez then was ejected from the vehicle and either hit or dragged by the SUV, police say. He was taken to Denver Health where he later died from his injuries. His family is asking for assistance with the funeral costs.

The suspect fled the scene on foot and remains at large. Denver police say Alvarado may be in Colorado Springs.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call their local law enforcement agency or Crime Stoppers at 720-913-STOP (7867).