Search continues for hit-run suspect


The Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office has yet to locate a 39-year-old Centennial man who allegedly injured a young cyclist in a hit-and-run incident that occurred in September.

An arrest warrant was issued on Sept. 13 for John Alfred Fresquez, who has been charged with three felonies and three misdemeanors related to the incident, which happened Sept. 10 in the parking lot of the King Soopers located at 5050 E. Arapahoe Road in Centennial.

According to Capt. Larry Etheridge, a spokesman for the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office, the investigation into the hit-and-run accident remains active and Fresquez is facing charges of failure to remain at the scene of an accident involving serious bodily injury, driving a vehicle while license revoked as a habitual traffic offender and theft.

“Unfortunately, even after numerous efforts to try to find him, we have been unable to locate Mr. Fresquez,” said Etheridge. “He has pretty much gone into the wind.”

Etheridge said the suspect “has family in the area and we've been monitoring that. It's also possible he could have crossed the border (into Mexico) or fled to another state.”

According to the initial police report, a boy riding his bicycle on the afternoon of Sept. 10 through the King Soopers parking lot was struck by a black 1970s model Chevrolet stepside pickup truck.

After colliding with the cyclist, the driver of the truck stopped and put the injured cyclist in his truck and then drove him to a nearby Kaiser Permanente office.

After dropping the boy off in the lobby of the Kaiser facility, the driver fled with the boy's bicycle still in the bed of his truck.

Authorities were aided in identifying the suspect by a security camera photo taken at the entrance to the Kaiser office.

Because of the victim's age, authorities have not released the boy's name, but Etheridge said late last week that he believes the boy has “fully recovered from his injuries.”

Anyone with information about the incident or the whereabouts of Fresquez is encouraged to contact the Arapahoe County Sheriff's Office at 303-795-4711.

“If you happen to see this guy, do not attempt to contact him. Call 911 immediately and report his location,” Etheridge said.


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