Two men suspected of causing thousands of dollars in damage by shooting storefronts and vehicles around Douglas County have been caught.
Castle Rock police responded the night of Dec. 7 to Walmart after a report of 10-15 shots fired. They quickly located the suspect vehicle and arrested Nicholas Deters, 20, of Larkspur, and Tyson Olson, 29, of Parker. They were taken into custody and transported to the Douglas County Detentions Facility and booked on charges of illegal discharge of a firearm, criminal mischief and reckless endangerment
Posted Dec. 7 at 11 a.m.
A series of nighttime shootings at Douglas County businesses and other sites, with incidents in Parker, Castle Rock and Lone Tree, has police and residents on high alert.
Parker Police Department spokeswoman Doreen Jokerst said a high-powered firearm was used in three separate incidents between Nov. 26 and Dec. 4 – two at Golf Zone on Pony Express Drive on separate nights and one at Knockouts. Vehicles near the businesses were shot, including one in the rear of the Parker Walmart parking lot, near Knockouts. Tires were also slashed.
Still images from surveillance video footage at Golf Zone and Knockouts show a Chevy or GMC Z71 in the area, but police are not definitively linking the shootings, Jokerst said. A photo from the Golf Zone, which is closed for the season, shows two people.
Police say one suspect appears to be a Caucasian male, approximately 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a shaved head, possibly bald. The second suspect appears to be Caucasian of unknown gender and approximately 5 feet, six inches to 5 feet, 10 inches tall.
The shootings happened between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m., however, police never received any reports of shots being fired. The Trailside Apartments are about 100 feet from the crime scene. Police learned of the incidents after employees arrived at work and reported them, Jokerst said. Investigators say they do not have a motive.
Orlando Gonzalez, owner of Knockouts, said the suspects did not attempt to steal anything, including his flat-screen TVs.
“It appears just to be someone out shooting things up,” he said, adding he has not had conflicts with anyone. “I assume that it’s somebody out trying to be a Grinch.”
Gonzalez, who has a security alarm but not on the windows, said he will pay $1,000 out of pocket to pay for the damage to his door, which has been boarded up.
Four similar incidents have been reported in Castle Rock, police said.
Two of the cases were at Rhyolite Park, where a sign, a port-o-potty and tires on a tractor were hit. Another incident happened at a construction site in Crystal Valley where a semi-truck's tires were damaged. The last incident occurred in a commercial area on the west side of town, in which a motor vehicle was damaged.
Lone Tree Police reported similar incidents Oct. 27 at the Denver Mattress Company and Nov. 27 at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet. Both businesses are located on Parkway Drive adjacent to C-470, and police speculate the shots may have been fired from the highway.
The Douglas County Pattern Crimes Unit is investigating.
Anyone with information should call 303-660-7590.