Suspect accused of killing 14-year-old also facing sexual assault charges

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Update: Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced this afternoon that Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, the 24-year-old who called 911 over the weekend, admitting he had killed a 14-year-old girl, is also facing sexual assault charges. As expected, he's facing first-degree murder charges, too, after allegedly stabbing to death the younger sister of his girlfriend in Commerce City.

Padilla-Villalobos was formally charged today, just five days after he binged on beer and cocaine and then went to pick up a fourteen-year-old Broomfield High School, the sister of his long-time girlfriend. That's what he told cops, as we detailed in our previous coverage below. He reportedly said he had "thoughts of killing while he was driving" before he took the girl to an isolated road in Commerce City in his Ford Ranger and stabbed her with a kitchen knife.

The sexual assault charges -- a total of five counts, ranging from class 2 to class 3 felonies -- means that his actions were likely even worse than originally reported through a police affidavit. But since the investigation is ongoing, the DA's office is not providing any more details.

Here's the short statement sent out this afternoon, followed by our previous coverage.

Adams County District Attorney Don Quick announced today the charging decision as a result of the investigation of the murder of a 14 year-old child in Commerce City on December 23, 2012. Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos is charged with murder in the first degree, felony murder, and five counts of sexual assault. The murder charges are class 1 felonies and the sexual assault charges range from class 2 to class 3 felonies.

The next court date is a preliminary hearing and bond hearing scheduled for March 8, 2013 at 9:00 a.m. All aspects of the case are pending investigation and therefore there will be no further comment from the District Attorney at this time.

Update, 4:00 p.m. December 27: Ezequiel Padilla-Villalobos, a 24-year-old man who called 911 and confessed to killing a fourteen-year-old girl in Commerce City, told police that he binged on beer and cocaine before he "began having bad thoughts," a police affidavit reveals. And it turns out the victim was his girlfriend's sister, whom he allegedly stabbed to death and left on a deserted road before turning himself in.

The grisly details, available in a police affidavit released yesterday and obtained by the Denver Post, offer new information on the 911 call that we reported on yesterday. Our original coverage is below.

We also now know more about both the suspect and the victim. According to the Post, she is Gabriela Acosta, a fourteen-year-old Broomfield High School student who was looking forward to her quinceanera in June. Officials have not released her name.

Her sister, FlorMaria Acosta, was dating Padilla-Villalobos and apparently sent her boyfriend a text message asking him to pick up her sister from their mother's house in Broomfield on Sunday. The suspect told Commerce City officers that after spending the evening at a friend's house he'd moved on to a bar, drinking twelve to fourteen beers, according to the affidavit.

Then he went and picked up Gabriela Acosta.

He reportedly described "thoughts of killing while he was driving" before taking her to an isolated road in Commerce City in his Ford Ranger. He's accused of trying to strangle her and then stabbing her with a kitchen knife.

He is in jail without bond. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also requested that local authorities hold him -- which means he could ultimately face deportation. The Post says he is from Chihuahua, Mexico.

A spokesman with the Adams County District Attorney's office tells us that the investigation is still pending and officials are expected to file formal charges tomorrow at 1:30 p.m.

Continue for our original coverage on the 911 call.



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betweenthelines
betweenthelines

So are we going to start talking about 'banning' alcohol now...Kicking down doors of suspected 'drinkers'....Save the kids, man....I

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

When will Colorado's children again feel safe ?

My heart truly goes out to all you parents & I can only imagine how nearly defenseless you all must feel . I can't even fathom trying to explain REPEATEDLY,  the violence towards children to your own, as of late . Remain strong & SMART !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@betweenthelines  

This will soon occur following the story where the son of a police officer is hospitalized after over-dosing on a 'marijuana-cigarette' ...

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