Joseph Mario Castorena Wanted for Alleged 4 Murders in Aurora, Colorado
Aurora Police Department (APD) is searching for a suspect wanted in connection to a shooting that left four people dead.
The shooting happened early Sunday morning near 10th Avenue and North Geneva Street. Police identified the suspect as 21-year-old Joseph Castorena. He is described as 5 feet 4 inches tall, with a slim build and a lion tattoo on his neck.
According to APD, a call came in from the suspect’s partner, who was unharmed and is safe. Two young children who were inside the home are also safe, police said.
A family member related to three of the victims said Castorena broke into their home and waited with a gun for them to return from a party.
According to Ubaldo Codina, the victims were Jesus Serrano, Jesus’ daughter Mariana Serrano and her husband, Ken. Codina is Mariana’s uncle.
When a man who rented an RV on the property came outside in the midst of the shooting, Cordina said, Castorena shot the renter too. Castorena’s partner, who is Mariana’s twin sister, survived.
“He told her he was going to kill her too,” Codina said. “But he ran out of bullets.”
Codina said the two children found safe in the home are Mariana and Ken’s now-orphaned daughters — one is just over a year old, and the other is three months old.
“Right now, everyone is devastated,” Codina said. “They were great people. They were workaholics, they would work hard so they could get the best for the kids. Jesus was a great parent. He was always there for them.”
According to Castorena’s criminal record, he has previously been arrested for felony child abuse, failure to appear for multiple court hearings including one for a misdemeanor domestic violence charge and for violating court orders.
Aurora Police confirmed Castorena has a history of domestic violence.
“Earlier this week, a restraining order had been issued directing the suspect not to go to the residence or to approach the domestic partner,” Interim Police Chief Dan Oates said at a press conference Sunday morning.
APD has recovered what they believe is the suspect’s car. They searched his home nearby, but were unable to locate him.
Aurora Police Department Press Release
Aurora Police Investigating Overnight Quadruple Homicide Near Delmar Parkway
The Aurora Police Department is investigating a quadruple homicide that occurred overnight near Delmar Parkway.
At 2:06 a.m., Aurora 911 received a call about suspicious activity in the 900 block of Geneva Street. Three minutes later, the dispatcher heard gunshots and upgraded the call.
Officers arrived at 2:15 a.m. to find four adults dead at a home near the intersection of East 10th Avenue and Geneva Street. Officers rescued two young children and a woman from the scene. The woman and the children were unharmed.
The children are not related to the woman or the suspect.
The ongoing investigation revealed the incident stemmed from an ongoing domestic situation between the surviving woman and the suspect, 21-year-old Joseph Mario Castorena. Castorena has a distinctive lion tattoo on the left side of his neck.
Castorena is on the run and should be considered armed and dangerous.
The victims’ identities will be released by the Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office following positive identification and notification of next of kin.
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