Violent carjacking, robbery suspect Johnny Dominick Maestas laughs through court charges

AURORA, Colo. - Accused of attempted kidnapping, robbery, and a carjacking, a suspect laughed in court Thursday as his charges were read by the prosecutor.

Johnny Dominick Maestas, 34, of Manassa, is accused in one carjacking, four robberies and an attempted kidnapping, according to District Attorney spokeswoman Michelle Yi. The crimes occurred at a grocery and convenience stores in the metro area.

In court, it was revealed that Maestas allegedly implied he had a gun and told the woman he tried to kidnap, "I just got out of a mental institution."

Later, he allegedly told police, "I was born to do this."

That quote ended with an expletive.

7NEWS reporter Tyler Lopez was in court for the filing of charges Thursday and reports that Maestas laughed as the charges were being read. After the public defender whispered to Maestas, Lopez reports, he simply laughed louder.

On March 20, Aurora Police put out a crime alert about the series of events in which Maestas is now charged. They wrote that it began with the carcjacking of a 2011 Honda CRV from outside a grocery store at 26th and Federal. That car was used in subsequent robberies of the 7-Eleven locations at 13970 East Quincy Avenue on the 20th and 7451 South Gartrell Road on the 21st.

Police also wrote that the car was used in an attempted kidnapping in unincorporated Arapahoe County at the Bradley Station located at 12202 East Arapahoe Road.

Surveillance video from both 7-Elevens and the Bradley Station showed the same suspect, police said. They also posted a clip of the surveillance to YouTube.

Maestas' charges include aggravated robbery with a real or simulated weapon, aggravated motor vehicle theft, attempted kidnapping and menacing with a real or simulated weapon. The list also includes several instances of a sentence enhancer labeled "habitual criminal."

Colorado court records show Maestas' criminal history includes assault, harassment, theft, driving while ability impaired and driving under restraint. His record in the Colorado Bureau of Investigation includes 21 known aliases and 10 pages listing arrests, charges and sentences dating back to 1997.

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