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Detectives arrested two men and two women in the fatal shooting of a man in 2020 outside an apartment complex on West Central.
Brianna Archuleta, 24, Davion Jaramillo, 22, Ciera Lopez, 35, and Pedro Escalante, 29, are charged with a slew of felonies, including murder, vehicle theft and arson in the Jan. 26, 2020, death of 26-year-old Benjamin Moore.
Archuleta is named as a main orchestrator of Moore’s death, trying to collect guns for the homicide and enlisting the help of the others. It is unclear from court documents who police think pulled the trigger.
Archuleta, Lopez and Escalante were booked into the Metropolitan Detention Center Tuesday and Jaramillo is already in custody in a federal case.
Escalante – who was shot by police while fleeing a stolen vehicle in 2019 – is also facing a drug possession charge after he was allegedly caught with suboxone or fentanyl when being transported to the facility.
It is unclear if any of them has an attorney.
Police responded around 9:50 p.m. to a shooting at an apartment complex near Central and Bridge SW, according to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court. Officers found Moore dead at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds.
Police said Moore’s friend had been shot in the arm and showed up to the hospital shortly after to be treated. The friend told detectives Moore was lured outside his girlfriend’s apartment by a car filled with people, and the driver shot at both of them before the group left.
Moore’s girlfriend told police Moore had been released from jail following a domestic incident where he had cut off her hair, according to the complaint. She said she told Archuleta about the incident, and Archuleta said she had friends who could “take care” of Moore.
Police said Moore’s girlfriend told them she asked Archuleta not to do anything, but she insisted on getting vengeance. The next day, police found the stolen car used in the homicide torched, and a bullet near the vehicle matched casings found at the shooting scene.
Detectives spoke with Jaramillo, Escalante and Lopez, who gave conflicting stories. Each knew many details of the case, including the caliber of gun used and how the car was torched, but wouldn’t say who fired the shots.
Police said they found Facebook messages between Jaramillo, Archuleta and the others before and after the shooting. In the messages, Archuleta asks for guns, sends Moore’s booking photo to others and coordinates on his expected release date from jail.
The complaint timeline stops in April 2020 and picks back up in May 2022 when police speak with Moore’s girlfriend again. She told detectives much of what had been said years earlier, and picked Archuleta out of a photo lineup.