Suspects in fatal Denver carjacking, Wyoming and Utah robberies arrested in Oregon

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DENVER — Authorities in Oregon have arrested two people who are accused of killing a man while stealing his car in Denver before committing a number of crimes in Wyoming, Utah and Oregon, according to FOX13 Salt Lake City.

Bullet hole in car seat. (Photo: Oregon State Police)

Oregon State Police said Jose Lopez-Jovel, 31, and Matthew Anthony Fanelli, 30, were taken into custody in Roseburg, Oregon following a police pursuit Saturday. In a press release, OSP said law enforcement responded to a call about an attempted carjacking at a Red Robin. Lopez-Jovel and Fanelli were unable to steal the car. Fanelli fled in his original vehicle, but Lopez-Jovel was left behind and was arrested.

Bullet hole in vehicle. (Photo: Oregon State Police)

Fanelli then allegedly tried to elude police on Interstate 5.

“During the pursuit, the suspect shot a firearm several times and struck a commercial motor vehicle, a passenger car (striking the occupied child seat inside) and an Oregon State Police patrol car disabling it,” OSP said.

Officers eventually lost sight of Fanelli’s vehicle. He then tried to steal another vehicle from a couple who had just arrived home. OSP said he shot the man and assaulted the woman, but was unable to steal their car. The man who was shot was critically injured.

“Law enforcement again located the suspect vehicle and the driver again attempted to elude. The vehicle became disabled and the suspect was taken into custody,” OSP said.

Additionally, the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday that on Friday morning, Fanelli shot at people outside a strip club in the Colorado Springs area. The sheriff’s office said that at 12:12 a.m., dispatchers received a number of calls about a man shooting at the Déjà vu Showgirls building on B Street.

“Upon arrival, deputies learned that man became upset when asked to leave and began shooting at the manager and two bouncers when he left.  Nobody was injured, although several rounds struck the front of the building,” the sheriff’s office said.

Fanelli allegedly assaulted a female employee, who ran out of the building naked. Fanelli was with two people at the strip club — a man and a woman — who all fled the scene.

Fanelli, Lopez-Jovel and the woman then traveled to Denver, where they are accused of shooting and killing a man while stealing his Cadillac sedan in the Sloan’s Lake area. That carjacking occurred about 2 a.m. Friday.

Authorities believe the suspects then drove to Cheyenne, Wyoming, where they robbed a convenience store. They continued on to Park City, Utah, where they robbed a Wells Fargo bank. No one was injured during either of those robberies.

Authorities have not provided an update on the female who was traveling with the men.

Fanelli is from New Mexico. Lopez-Jovel is from El Salvador.

The FBI is assisting in the investigation.

Below is a timeline of events since Friday morning:

12:12 a.m. Friday: Strip club shooting in El Paso County

2 a.m. Friday: Man killed during carjacking in west Denver

4 a.m. Friday: Convenience store robbed in Cheyenne, Wyoming

10 a.m. Friday: Wells Fargo robbed in Park City, Utah

5:30 p.m. Saturday: Pursuit in Roseburg, Oregon. Suspects taken into custody.

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