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

Original post, 12:59 p.m. December 26: Esequiel Padilla-Villalobos, 24, called 911 over the weekend and told police in Commerce City that he had just killed someone and wanted to turn himself in. He then gave investigators the location of the body of a fourteen-year-old girl. Padilla-Villalobos is now in custody and though officials think they know the identity of the victim, they aren't yet releasing her name.

According to the Commerce City Police Department, shortly before midnight on Sunday, officers responded to the 911 call of Padilla-Villalobo, who "said he had just killed someone, and wanted to turn himself in."

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Google image of the area where the victim was found in Commerce City in the 8600 block of Verbena Street.
He has since been cooperative with investigators, officials note in a news release, but the cause of death has yet to be determined.

The female victim has been tentatively identified, but notification of the family is still pending.

She was found in the 8600 block of Verbena Street.

Officer Chris Dickey tells us today that the identification of the victim will come from the coroner's office, which has yet to complete its autopsy. The case, he says, will be presented to the Adams County District Attorney's office tomorrow. Formal charges are expected this week.

Police also note that based on the preliminary investigation, it appears the suspect may have known the victim.

Padilla-Villalobos, who reportedly has no criminal history in Colorado, is being held at the Adams County Detention Facility on suspicion of first-degree murder. As of this writing, there's no mugshot available.

More from our Colorado Crimes archive: "Colorado Springs vandalism: "I hate black people" and swastikas, just in time for the holidays"

Follow Sam Levin on Twitter at @SamTLevin. E-mail the author at Sam.Levin@Westword.com.


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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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