An Aurora man has been sentenced to 25 years in prison for shooting a King Soopers customer in the parking lot of the Ridge Road store in Castle Rock.
Hugo Vazquez-Topete, 29, pleaded guilty on December 17 to one count of first degree assault, a class 3 felony. Other charges were dismissed under the cartel. advocacy.
“This accused has a criminal history. In this case, for a slight perceived levity, he didn’t hesitate to pull out a gun and shoot a group of people he didn’t even know, ”said Senior Deputy District Attorney Jake Adkins. , who continued the case with the district deputy attorney. Attorney Lauren Raible. “Besides almost killing the victim, he also endangered many people and showed complete disregard for the value of human life. The days of second chances are over and a prison sentence is the appropriate consequence of his actions. “
On August 6, 2019, Vazquez-Topete and two associates collected money from the Western Union counter in the store, then went to the pumps to get gas. The victim was refueling with several friends.
The groups exchanged words, and the victim and her friends got into their car and drove to the exit. While at a red light, Vazquez-Topete and one of his associates shot at their car. The victim was shot in the chest.
Vazquez-Topete and his associates fled the scene in an old Chevrolet Suburban. The victim was taken to hospital and survived.
The victims and their attackers did not know each other.
Castle Rock Police investigators interviewed witnesses and recovered surveillance footage. They were able to identify the three men in the Suburban. They determined that Vazquez-Topete fired the shot that hit the victim. He was arrested in Denver.
An associate was not involved in the crime and was not charged.
Benito Bautista, 27, of Denver, shot the victim’s car but did not hit anyone. He pleaded guilty on November 3, 2020 to one count of attempted assault in the first degree, a Class 4 felony. Other counts were dismissed as part of the plea deal. Bautista was sentenced on January 21, 2021 to 14 years in the Colorado Department of Corrections.
“The Castle Rock Police Department quickly identified these suspects and gathered evidence for a strong case,” Raible said. “Because of their jobs, these two can no longer be a danger in the community.”