Shawn Lopez: Did he kill homeless woman for a thrill, then buy chewing tobacco (74)

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Update: We've been covering the switchblade murder of homeless, wheelchair-bound Francis Reade near an Aurora shopping complex; see our original items below. Now, however, info from a police report has surfaced that makes what was obviously a senseless act seem even more gruesome and horrible. The document quotes Shawn Lopez, who's been arrested for the crime, as implying he killed Reade more for a creepy thrill than the money he stole from her -- a handful of change he spent on chewing tobacco.

The account of 21-year-old Lopez's action comes from the Aurora Sentinel, which obtained a police report for Michael Snyder, twenty, who's facing accessory charges in the slaying for allegedly helping Lopez cover up the crime.

On April 27, according to the Sentinel, Lopez spotted Reade, 67, in front of a liquor store that's part of a shopping complex on the 15000 block of East Colfax. During an interview conducted after he'd already been in custody for a few days, he reportedly said he then pushed the elderly woman behind the main center, anchored by a King Soopers, with the intention of robbing and killing her.

He's said to have been armed with a switchblade in the shape of a gun. It's not clear from the police document if the weapon has been discovered, but the Autoknife.info website features photos of several vintage items that fit this description. Here's one....

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...and here's another:

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The idea of taking a life with a blade apparently appealed to Lopez. He's quoted as saying, "I like knives, just because it takes a real crazy, sadistic motherfucker to walk up to somebody and just stab them. Because you're up close and personal. And you know that you're the last face that person is ever going to see in their pathetic little life."

As Lopez wheeled her behind the center, Reade is said to have asked where they were going. He told her not to worry about it, but she was right to be concerned. Lopez told police that he stabbed her in the neck, then took the coins from her purse and went to a gas station in the vicinity. He had just enough to buy some chew.

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This gas station near the scene of the crime may have been where Lopez purchased chewing tobacco with his small robbery haul.
Afterward, he headed to a residence where he lived with three others, including Snyder, who's accused of helping Lopez bleach the switchblade. Snyder insists that while he knew Lopez had stabbed someone, he didn't know he'd committed murder. He adds that Lopez had gotten into an argument earlier that day and erupted in rage.

He'll have plenty of time to cool off. He's being held at Adams County Jail without bond. Snyder, for his part, is scheduled in court on May 23.

Continue for our previous coverage of Francine Reade's tragic death.



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21 comments
Duuhoy
Duuhoy

I know whats wrong with people, you can read about here in the comment section. One guy kills someone and 50 others wants to kill him the same way or worse. It`s deep inside all of us, humans are bloodthirsty creatures but de dont like to admit it.

Jerepa
Jerepa

What a disgusting piece of s***. Killing a handicapped elderly woman, please. You're nothing but a coward. I hope to God that you get what you deserve. Burn in Hell you waste of oxygen!!

IAMBCOMEDETH
IAMBCOMEDETH

Wish I could've caught him in the act. I would've blown his balls into tomato soup. Then he could die knowing my face was the last one he'd ever see in his pathetic little life.

Green_eyes
Green_eyes

What is wrong with some people...... ?? There are some seriously disturbed people in this world...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

His father made him smoke an entire carton of cigarettes after catching him smoking when he was sixteen .

Jessica Gore
Jessica Gore

oh, Aurora?! WEIRD...... the disgrace continues, indeed...

Monkey
Monkey

Because our justice system wont kill murderers like this, I hope his cell mate does.

Byron Ward
Byron Ward

What a disgrace. I never would wish death on anyone, but I hope someone gives Lopez some of his own medicine in prison. What a cowardly piece of fucking trash! I am at an absolute loss. People make me sick!

annacaratachea14
annacaratachea14

this woman that was murder was my grandmother.. and she will be loved and miss dearly by her whole family.. i hope the man that this to my grandmother pays for it.. what he did was not right she did not deserve to die and be taken from us.... i hope you rot in prison and never see day light ever again....
she was a loving caring always giving to all her family members she was a good grandmother mother daughter aunt and cousin.. 

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

I thought picking on the crippled/disabled, was a 'Republican' kind of thing ...

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Jessica Gore  

Continues ?????

Go back to Cali !

Juan_Leg
Juan_Leg

@Monkey   Suicide ! Why get the other guy in MORE trouble ?

bugsycook
bugsycook

I don't mean to sound insensitive but if she had so many family members who cared very much about her, why was she homeless?

stanley
stanley

@Juan_Leg Quick! Let's do the Democrat kind of thing and move to ban gun-shaped knives in a lame attempt to placate the fucking morons they represent.

stanley
stanley

@Juan_Leg Riiiiiight. Considering the cesspools of violent crime that inner cities/urban areas and who controls them, also the disproportionate rate of violent crime in the black and hispanic communities, I'd say it's quite safe to say violent crime in general is a solidly "Democrat kind of thing".

citizencaine06
citizencaine06

@Juan_Leg  Cleveland kidnapper...is a democrat kind of thing. This POS is the (mentally) disabled one, so that makes it a dem on dem crime. 

hideaway159
hideaway159

@Juan_Leg Nah it's a human kind of thing. Besides taking from those who have to give to those who have not is more of a Democrat kind of thing.

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