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Jury convicts man of shooting at private security officer patrolling Aurora neighborhood

Heather Willard

Heather Willard / NewsBreak Denver / March 17, 2023

(Aurora, Colo.) An Arapahoe County jury convicted Antoin Griego, 25, of shooting a gun at a security officer patrolling a neighborhood and shattering the officer’s back window on Jan. 30, 2021.

According to the arrest affidavit, Aurora police officers responded to a report of shots fired near East Wyoming Place and East Wyoming Circle at about 4 a.m. A security officer reported the blast shattered her back window, but she was unharmed. She told officers that the suspect vehicle drove past the area during her on-scene interview.

Shortly after that, an Aurora Police Department officer located a black SUV parked nearby with two occupants that matched the described suspect vehicle. The occupants were detained in a high-risk traffic stop and identified as Griego and Terry Roebuck, 26.

Officers searched the vehicle and found small bags of cocaine and methamphetamine on the car floorboards; a loaded pistol and extra ammunition in the glove box; and marijuana in the driver’s side area, which violated a current protection order.

Officers also seized multiple pills from Griego’s person and the SUV, which were tested and confirmed as fentanyl. Roebuck and Greigo had “large amounts” of cash on them.

On March 10, 2023, a jury convicted Griego of attempted first-degree assault, illegal firearm discharge, prohibited use of a weapon, possession of a controlled substance by a special offender with a firearm, and two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute. The jury also convicted Griego of a sentence enhancement charge of using a weapon during a violent crime.

“DNA testing of the gun helped us identify Mr. Griego as the shooter,” Deputy District Attorney Lauren Raible said. “The defendant’s DNA was also found on both magazines in the vehicle as well.”

Analysis of the bullet found at the scene and Griego’s gun confirmed it was the weapon used to shoot at the victim.

Police discovered no motive for the shooting.

“We’re fortunate that the victim was not injured in this incident,” Deputy District Attorney Colleen Greer said. “Based on the evidence, it’s clear Mr. Griego and his passenger were up to no good that night.”

Griego will be sentenced on June 20. He faces a prison sentence of up to 32 years.

Roebuck pleaded guilty to possessing a controlled substance with intent to distribute on July 29, 2022. He is scheduled to be sentenced at 2 p.m., Friday, March 17, 2023.

The district attorney’s office dismissed three other charges under the plea deal: two counts of possession of a controlled substance with intent to distribute and one count of possession of a controlled substance by a special offender with a firearm.

Both men remain in the Arapahoe County Detention Facility ahead of sentencing.

“Given Mr. Griego’s criminal past, he should not have been in possession of a firearm to begin with,” District Attorney John Kellner said. “We will aggressively prosecute offenders who distribute illegal, deadly narcotics and engage in gun violence in our jurisdiction.”

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