A Lakeview Excessive College scholar chased down and fatally shot a person after he couldn’t function the sufferer’s SUV throughout a carjacking try in Bridgeport final month, prosecutors stated Thursday.
Denroy Garcia, 16, is charged with first-degree homicide, homicide whereas committing a forcible felony, and aggravated vehicular hijacking in reference to Shuai Guan’s demise throughout a carjacking on the 3000 block of South Union in Bridgeport on December 21.
Police arrested Garcia shortly after the homicide, and prosecutors subsequently charged him with committing three different armed vehicular hijackings and car thefts in November and December, Assistant State’s Lawyer James Murphy stated.
Throughout Thursday’s bond listening to, Murphy stated Guan, 33, parked his Jeep Cherokee close to his house round 6:10 p.m. to test his mailbox. Whereas he was on the field, a Subaru Outback and an Audi A3 pulled up. Garcia acquired out of one of many vehicles, approached Guan, and demanded his keys, Murphy stated.
Guan complied and went into a close-by alley, the place he referred to as 911. Murphy stated Guan remained on the cellphone with a 911 operator till after he was fatally shot.
Garcia acquired into the Jeep, and the engine revved as a result of he didn’t know tips on how to put the SUV into drive, based on Murphy. Unable to function Guan’s automobile, Garcia returned to the Subaru, put it in drive, and chased Guan down the alley, adopted by the Audi, Murphy stated.
Guan instructed the 911 operator that he was being chased. A “giant crashing noise” is then heard on a recording of the decision earlier than Guan begins pleading for assist, Murphy stated. Three pictures rang out. One struck Guan, who fell to the bottom and died a short while later.
Police discovered Guan within the alley, face-up, along with his pants pockets turned inside-out.
Later that evening, cops noticed the Subaru parked and working with Garcia behind the wheel and a second particular person within the passenger seat, Murphy stated. Police arrested him after a brief foot chase. The Audi was additionally recovered on the scene.
Information from Garcia’s cellphone exhibits he had a behavior of placing the machine into airplane mode earlier than he dedicated carjackings and different crimes, Murphy stated. Regardless of these alleged efforts to cowl his tracks, police have been ready to make use of mobile information to place him within the space of Guan’s homicide, based on Murphy.
Investigators reportedly examined the hoodie Garcia was sporting on the time of his arrest, and it got here again constructive for gunshot residue. Murphy stated the hoodie additionally matches the one which Guan’s killer is seen sporting on surveillance video of the crime. A DNA check allegedly matched Garcia to genetic materials discovered on an iced tea can recovered from the Audi.
Garcia’s protection lawyer stated the teenager was a freshman at Lakeview Excessive College the place he performed on the soccer workforce.
Choose Arthur Willis ordered Garcia held with out bail.
Throughout Thursday’s listening to, Murphy stated Garcia had been charged with two different armed carjackings and with stealing the Subaru utilized in Guan’s homicide simply minutes earlier than the killing:
- On the night of November 29, Garcia and one other man pointed weapons at a Lyft driver and took the sufferer’s 2010 Mercedes within the Douglas neighborhood, Murphy stated.
- On the night of December 13, Garcia and one other man took the Audi A3 utilized by the offenders in Guan’s homicide and “a number of” different crimes, based on Murphy. The sufferer allegedly recognized Garcia because the gunman.
- Two minutes earlier than focusing on Guan, Garcia stole the Subaru Outback from a lady who briefly left it working, Murphy alleged.