Man sought on attempted first-degree murder charges

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THORNTON, Colo. — Police are searching for a man in connection with an incident at a convenience store in Thornton in May.

Authorities say Justin Tafoya tried to hit one man with his vehicle and struck another man after a verbal confrontation at the store at West 88th Avenue near Conifer Road.

One of the men, Ryan Belearde, suffered a traumatic brain injury, multiple fractures and internal injuries when Tafoya hit him with the Honda Accord he was driving, the Thornton Police Department said.

Anyone with information on Tafoya’s whereabouts is asked to call police at 720-977-5069 or Metro Denver Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867.

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