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Man shot, killed at Denver tow yard; suspect flees in impounded car, police say

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Posted at 1:40 PM, Dec 16, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-16 15:40:50-05

DENVER — A man has been arrested after he allegedly shot and killed another man at Denver tow yard that was holding the suspect’s vehicle early Sunday morning.

Victor Arenas-Foote, 26, was arrested minutes after leaving the facility in his impounded vehicle without paying a $300 tow fee, police said. He is being held on investigation of first degree murder, felony murder, and aggravated robbery.

Arenas-Foote was with an elderly woman when he showed up at the Denver tow yard located at 4800 Washington Street around 3 a.m. Sunday, according to an arrest affidavit.

Security camera footage shows the suspect and the older woman walking behind the 36-year-old male victim in the tow yard when Arenas-Foote allegedly shot the victim with a .38 caliber handgun, the police documents state.

It’s not clear if the victim, who has yet to be identified, was an employee of the tow company. However, the documents appear to indicate that the victim was walking the suspect to his impounded vehicle at the time of the shooting.

After the shooting, Arenas-Foote and the woman took off in his Toyota Corolla. The victim was taken to Denver Health, where he was later pronounced deceased.

About 20 minutes later, Adams County deputies spotted the Corolla and pulled the suspect over. Both parties were detained, but the woman was later released. The elderly woman told police she begged Arenas-Foote several times to let her out of the car following the shooting but said the suspect told her he was scared and “did not know what to do,” the affidavit read.

The suspect initially told police that the shooting was an accident when he was questioned following his arrest, police said. However, when investigators told Arenas-Foote that they had video of the shooting, he apparently changed his story, according to the redacted affidavit.