Alfred Flores's chewing gum leads to bust for head-shot murder of Manuel Martinez

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In our post about the 47 homicides in Denver last year, we were unable to include a Google map showing where Manuel Martinez, 27, died last November, because the report from the Denver coroner's office didn't list a location. But now, we know much more about his head-shot slaying and the man thought to have pulled the trigger: Alfred Flores, forty, who was charged nearly a year later due partly to a wad of chewing gum.

According to the arrest affidavit for Flores, on view below in its entirety, police were called to a parking lot of Grant Frontier Park, at 2200 South Platte River Drive, at about 7 a.m. on November 27. There, they found a man later identified as Martinez. He was lying face down in a pool of blood with what proved to be a gunshot sound to his head. Also nearby was a piece of gum, which was taken into evidence for testing at the Denver Police Department crime lab.

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Near where Martinez's body was found.
Shortly thereafter, investigators chatted with Martinez's mom, who said her son and his girlfriend, Felicia Casillas, had been drinking at her home on the evening of November 26 before heading to the home they shared.

Casillas subsequently revealed that Martinez had later gotten a call from a woman he knew, Yolanda Arze-Beltran, who said it was her birthday and she wanted to meet for a drink. Casillas didn't like that idea much, in part because she knew Martinez had supplied Arze-Beltran with methamphetamine, for which she allegedly owed him $10,000. But he left anyhow -- and never returned.

Before long, police tracked down Arze-Beltran, who told officers she'd rendezvoused with Martinez at Brewski's, a bar on 104th Avenue, in the company of two other people -- Clarence Sims and Alfred Flores, nicknamed Parrot or Perrico. She claimed the four of them hung out at the home of Michael McCruden, a Lakewood resident known as Mechanic Mike, until the early morning hours, when Martinez and Flores left in her red Acura.

What happened to the car? Turns out it had been impounded by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department after being abandoned on Highway 6 following what appeared to be a car fire. Despite the destruction, however, a number of items were found inside, including cell phones and a plastic bag of burnt clothing. They were submitted for DNA testing -- along with that gum.

By the way, the clothing is said to have been consistent with garb worn by Flores, Sims and Arze-Beltran in surveillance footage from Brewski's.

Cut to this past summer, when an individual whose name is blotted out in the file sits for a pair of interviews with detectives. During the sessions, the source contended that Flores killed Martinez.

Why? Another unidentified witness subsequently recounted a story he said had been shared with him by Flores -- a tale that matched the broad outlines of the original source's account even as it provided a motive for the brutal crime.

Continue to read more about the murder of Manuel Martinez, and to see the arrest affidavit.


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SINIST3RWON
SINIST3RWON

Mr. Flores looks like another one of them dirty scraps from kalifas....ese,ese.

j.m.s.
j.m.s.

My Nephew Mijo will get justice no doubt so screw all you dummys who think any diffrent...REST IN PARADISE MANUEL!!!!   LOVE YOU MY NEPHEW......Melina Love ALL DAY

j.m.s.
j.m.s.

MY NEPHEW WILL GET JUSTICE BEST BELIEVE THAT......ANYONE WHO THINKS DIFFRENT SEE YOU AT COURT.....MELINA LOVE ALL DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

bravez211
bravez211 like.author.displayName 1 Like

My primo can handle his own wit just his hands trust he lost only 1 fight and thats when he was only 12 he been locked up b4 and took care of buisness and he will keep taken care of buisness..... Love you primo keep your head up no matter what and we are always here for you whatever you need we got you.!!..

freerayone
freerayone like.author.displayName 1 Like

Mijo was a good dude this bitch ass tweeker took him, in a cowardly way.. and Flores you better pray to god that you die before you go to prison cuzz your as good as done!!!!! So go-ahead and kill yourself NOW!!!! RIP MIJO YOU WILL BE MISSED.....

John Patrick Garcia
John Patrick Garcia

Lived on 2nd- 3rd & Santa Fe block... Too many shootings go on there. Glad I moved.

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg topcommenter

@John Patrick Garcia  When did you live there ? I lived in the warehouse w/ the purple door .

We used the entire back area for parties that usually drew around 200 people. We NEVER had problems as this. Of course we are talking 15 yrs or so back before it got trashy .

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