16-year-old arrested for carjacking death will be tried as adult

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Israel Alvarado, 16, arrested for first-degree murder. (Photo: DPD)

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DENVER — The 16-year-old suspect arrested for the killing of a man during an attempted carjacking will be charged as an adult, officials announced last week.

Officials released a booking photo for Israel “Izzy” Alvarado, 16, on Tuesday.

He was 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. Alvarado turned himself in to police on July 16.

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

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