An 18-year-old man is accused of murdering a couple who were shot during an online counterfeit car sale, police said.
Joseph Roland, 39, and his wife Jocelyn Roland, 40, left behind five children after they were shot and killed in front of a residential complex in Aurora, Colorado while trying to buy a jeep.
The couple brought in $ 3,000 in cash to pay for the RAV4, which was advertised by Kyree Brown on the Letgo app when he shot them and took their money after seeing them at 11 p.m. on August 14.
Brown was charged with two counts of first degree murder after allegedly admitting to shooting the deceaseds according to the Denver Post.
Aurora Police said Brown and an unnamed friend stole a Toyota Rav4 from Denver’s Monbello neighborhood in 2017.
Brown then placed an ad for the stolen Letgo car – a website that sells second hand goods – under a false name.
Joe, who was operations manager at ABM Industries and “flipped” cars as a job, responded to the advertisement and agreed to buy the car.
He made an appointment with Brown in the Southlands Mall parking lot with his wife, who is a full-time administrator at the law firm Dianne Sawaya.
Brown told investigators that he went to see Joe at the mall, but when they arrived he told the couple that he had accidentally taken the wrong car title and asked them to escort him across town to an apartment in East Cornell Circle.
The two cars were parked at the address and Brown got out of his car and according to the affidavit, went to the driver’s window of Roland’s vehicle.
Brown said Joe grabbed his arm and the car started moving according to the affidavit.
The suspect deliberately shot Joe before he accidentally shot Jocelyn, according to the arrest statement.
Brown later claimed to have ripped $ 3,000 off the dashboard of the car, jumped back into the stolen vehicle, and fled the scene.
He then tried to set the car on fire by pouring gasoline on the seats and setting it on fire, authorities said.
Emergency services responded to reports of shooting before midnight, and Rolands were taken to the hospital. The couple died within five minutes, CBS Denver reported.
Police said his cell phone number was later found via an online merchandise site.
Brown’s phone pinged towers near the mall, the apartment complex where the couple were shot and the place where the car was set on fire near Havana Street and East Colfax, police said.
Investigators then traced the cell phone to its current location in Block 2300 on North Elmira Street, where they found Brown.
He was arrested on August 27 after a brief police chase that ended near 29th Avenue and Denver Central Park.