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Did Denver police delay give Christopher Perea time to kill Loretta Barela? (52)


Original item, 2:59 p.m. November 19: Only hours after what's being characterized as an ambush stabbing in Wheat Ridge for which Nate Fischer was arrested, police discovered a dead woman in a Denver neighborhood.

Christopher Perea, the man busted in relation to the crime, is definitely familiar with booking procedures.

At 8:16 a.m. on Sunday, November 18, according to the Denver Police Department, officers responded to an address on the 1500 block of South Carlan Court on what's described as a "report of a possible deceased female."

Unfortunately, the report was accurate. A thus-far-unidentified woman was found inside the residence; she was pronounced dead at the scene. In addition, cops arrested Perea, 41, on suspicion of first-degree murder.

The allegation appears to be the most serious one Perea has ever faced, but far from the first. The Denver Post documents a slew of previous police interactions, from a 2001 controlled-substance charge and a 2004 escape conviction to more narcotics-related offenses in 2007, 2009 and this past August, when he was accused of unlawful drug distribution and weapon possession by a previous offender.

At this point, the woman's name and cause of death awaits release by the Denver coroner's office.

Look below to see a larger version of Perea's mug shot and an interactive graphic of the area near the scene; if you have problems seeing the image, click "View Larger Map."

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Christopher Perea.


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More from our Mile High Murder archive: "Ryan Haldeman stabbed to death in Capitol Hill, friends and family mourn (49)."


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claudioespinoza81
claudioespinoza81

When I was eight years old, I was the star witness to my brother's murder trial because I was everywhere through out the period the situation was going on.  My brother had called the police and told dispatch that there was a man driving around our block with a gun trying to kill him.  The police hung up on him.  He called them back and dispatch thought he was acting crazy.  Minutes later, my brother was shot and killed, so when we called the police back AGAIN, they eventually responded after he was shot and killed.  Somebody need to loose their job, this is not right!!! 

 

iam3
iam3

I have to agree with DonkeyHotay-----More a matter of bad choices made by this lady, methinks, than the police being at fault. 

 

I am just guessing here, but I bet this lady had PLENTY of reasons to not date the guy, much less marry him.

 

We can't blame the police for the choices she made in the men she chose to hang with.

 

Is the guy a monster? Yep, and the world would be a better place without him.  But we continue to have Darwinism played out when women breed with these creeps. 

 

Life; it's more a matter of choices than chance

 

and.......wait for it........

 

There are more volunteers than there are victims.

evdebbs
evdebbs

There will be a "task force" consisting of Denver elite.  A pretend investigation will ensue.  The police involved will lie to cover their behinds.  Said police involved will within 6-12 months be given raises and promotions.  John and Jill Citizen will still hoist the police on a pedestal as heroes...  AND NOTHING WILL CHANGE. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

It's about time SOMEONE w/ a badge is held criminally negligent !!!!

This is %100 BULLSHIT !!!

POSSIBLY COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED !!!

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Poor mating choices = Darwinism in action

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @claudioespinoza81 A shocking story, Claudio -- one we're going to highlight as an upcoming Comment of the Day. Thanks for posting.

Delcycer
Delcycer

 @iam3 Blaming victims is the worst kind of response to something like this.  If the police didn't take this seriously--a report of a topless woman shrieking for help at 2 in the morning, before being dragged back into the residence--and the delay may have resulted in her death, the victim's own 'poor choices' have nothing to do with it.

 

Let me guess that you also think a women who dresses a certain way should expect to get sexually assaulted?

 

Cute alliterative catch phrases don't support that argument, and the statement "more choices than chance" is garbage--an easy cop-out so that you don't have to care about what happens to other people.  It's an opinion, not a fact, and it doesn't justify someone's murder.

 

My son once called 911 and hung up the phone (he's 8), and the cops showed up, made the kids come out of the house, called my wife and I, and turned the whole thing into an ordeal--which was the right thing to do.

 

This situation would seem to call for at least that level of intensity, and instead all this poor woman got was a knock on the door, followed by people like you saying it's her fault she was killed, as if that matters at all.

 

Shame.

evdebbs
evdebbs

 @iam3

 Your neighbor's house is on fire due to smoking in bed.  The fire departmant is called at the first sign of smoke and 3 hours later shows up, in which time your house also is desrtoyed by fire.  Blame the neighbor smoking in bed and never ask the fire departmant what the hell they were doing for 3 hours?   You bet.  iam3, are you for real?!?!?!?!

Freespeech23
Freespeech23

 @evdebbs evdebbs is right, nothing will change. Ignorant individuals will choose to live the "gangster" lifestyle, and the minute something back fires on them for the way they live, they will blame everyone around them, except themselves! This will continue on and on, not even their gangster boyfriend's will be able to slap em straight. Oh wait...that's not okay.....right?

 

michael.roberts
michael.roberts moderator editortopcommenter

 @evdebbs A pessimistic view, strongly expressed. Thanks for the post, evdebbs.

Freespeech23
Freespeech23

 @Juan_Leg Who exactly is being held "criminally negligent!!!!"?! I do agree with you and appreciate the fact that you posted (in your own comment, mind you) that your post is .....how did you put it....%100 BULLSHIT !!!. Although, I'm pretty sure that you meant to say 100% BULLSHIT !!!

:)

Freespeech23
Freespeech23

 @Delcycer  @iam3  The only person at fault here is clearly the "man" who decided it was okay to hit a woman and proceed to beat her to death! He is the only one to blame. Yes... she could've left him, but there are many factors that go into play when you look at a situation like that. For instance, what did the neighbor do when this poor woman came running over and banging on their door for help. Did they open it? Or did they just watch her get dragged back to the place of terror from which she came running seeking the closest help??? hmmmm.?

iam3
iam3

Yes, Covana is correct; the neighbor would be at fault for the fire. 

 

Had the police done everything perfectly, the headline may have read, as it happens so often:

 

"Did the police's timely response only delay Christopher Perea killing Loretta Barela" . 

 

In your world evdebbs, the police must be miracle workers and mind readers; they show up, tell the people to do the right thing and people such as Perea go on to spectacular success.  And because the police are possessed of magical powers, girls like Barela never make horrible choices in men ever again.

 

evdebbs, are YOU for real?

 

In the 20 years I was a single father, I met scores of women like Barela (my perception of her).  And because of the choices she/they made, I would never allow them around my kids. 

 

 

Freespeech23
Freespeech23

 @Juan_Leg  @DonkeyHotay Juan_Leg seems to be as ignorant as evdebbs. I suppose, the best thing society can hope for is that they don't procreate!

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