16-year-old boy wanted in homicide during vehicle theft surrenders

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

DENVER — A 16-year-old boy accused of killing a man during a vehicle theft in west Denver earlier this month surrendered to police on Wednesday night, the Denver Police Department said.

Israel “Izzy” Alvarado is being charged with first-degree murder in the July 3 death of William Romo-Rodriguez. Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said Alvarado, who surrendered to police in Sheridan, will be tried as an adult.

Police said Romo-Rodriguez, 42, was ejected from the vehicle while attempting to stop a suspect from stealing it as it was parked in front of El Mecanico at 3161 W. Alameda Ave. about 3:45 a.m. July 3.

Romo-Rodriguez then was hit or dragged by the SUV. He was taken to Denver Health where he died.

Romo-Rodriguez’s family is asking for assistance with the funeral costs.


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