Victim in DCPA stabbing death identified as parking garage security guard, Scott Tice

Posted at 4:23 PM, May 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-29 20:13:58-04

DENVER — Authorities released the name Tuesday of the homicide victim whose body was found on the fourth level of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts parking garage last week.

According to the Denver Office of the Medical Examiner, Scott Tice, 39, was stabbed to death early Friday morning. 

Police say the victim worked as a security guard for Allied Universal Security assigned to the DCPA garage.

The man police suspect killed Tice was arrested later in the evening Friday. Caleb Schroeder, 23, was picked up by Aurora police in the area of 13347 East Montview Boulevard in Aurora. 

He is being held for first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

According to a statement of probable cause obtained by Denver7, police were able to track and locate Schroeder through multiple types of electronic surveillance, including security camera footage and cell phone pings.

Police were called to the garage on a report of a possible body around 5:30 a.m. Friday. 

Electricians parking on the fourth level made the gruesome discovery as one of them was backing into a space.

Tice was found face up with “obvious stab wounds to the right side of his neck and lacerations under his chin,” the police report read.

Investigators at the scene noted that the victim's cell phone was missing, which police later learned Allied provided to its security guards for tracking purposes. 

According to police documents, using security camera footage from the garage and video from Denver's HALO surveillance system, authorities were able to identify Schroeder as the primary suspect. 

Police say video footage showed the suspect leaving the garage around 4:49 a.m. Later, investigators reviewed HALO footage that showed Schroeder walking toward the area of the Denver Center for the Performing Arts with a fire extinguisher around 4:30 a.m. 

The police documents do not explain why Schroeder was seen in possession of a fire extinguisher. 

After investigators obtained an image of the suspect, a photo of Schroeder was distributed to several officers in the area. 

Police say they were also able to collect data from the stolen cell phone, which momentarily pinged later the same day of the homicide in the area of East Colfax Avenue and Chambers Road.

With this data, Denver police contacted Aurora police and forwarded the agency information on the suspect, who was located Friday evening and arrested. 

Police say Schroeder was found wearing a shirt with what appeared to be blood. He was also in possession of the victim's security guard badge pinned to his backpack, according to police documents. 

Details related to a police interview with the suspect were redacted in the document. 

Court records show Schroeder has been arrested previously for robbery, assault, possession, and damaging business property.