Denver parks employee, Damion Baca, arrested on investigation of attempted murder, police say

Baca arrested as car passenger during traffic stop

DENVER - Denver police say they have arrested a Denver Parks and Recreation employee who was wanted on investigation of attempted murder on Monday afternoon.

Damion Baca, 33, was arrested after police stopped a Cadillac he was a passenger in near West 11th Avenue and Lipan Street, said Denver Police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez. He was being held in the Downtown Detention Center on $50,000 bond.

A woman was driving the car and she was arrested on a minor warrant that was unrelated to the attempted murder case, Lopez said. The Cadillac and a puppy in the car were released to the woman's family, because the car was not connected to the Baca case, Lopez added.

Baca has a five-page criminal arrest history in Colorado, according to the Colorado Bureau of Investigation database.

He pleaded guilty in 2001 to felony menacing with a real or simulated weapon in Denver and was sentenced to three years in the state Department of Corrections, according to court records. He has other prior arrests for dangerous drugs, parole violation and reckless endangerment.

Baca has been a fulltime employee for Denver Parks and Recreation for eight months and he was an on-call employee starting in 2010, agency spokesman Jeff Green told 7NEWS. He is a utility worker whose assignments include clearing snow from trails, general maintenance and repairs.

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