Driver wanted in deadly Westminster hit-and-run from over the weekend arrested by police

Police are still looking for a black pickup truck Colorado license plate EEI-A89
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Posted at 12:04 PM, Apr 01, 2024
and last updated 2024-04-01 19:27:46-04

WESTMINSTER, Colo. — A man wanted in a deadly hit-and-run from over the weekend in Westminster has been arrested by police.

August Alonzo Romero, 40, was arrested late Sunday evening in connection with the hit-and-run that occurred at around 10:18 p.m. Saturday near Alcott and Zuni streets.

Romero was arrested on a charge of first-degree murder - causing injury with deadly weapon and will be housed at the Adams County Detention Facility, according to a news release.

Earlier Sunday, Westminster investigators said they believed Romero intentionally struck and killed the victim – identified by family members as 52-year-old Robby Valanzuela. Investigators added they believe there was a disturbance between the suspect and victim, but didn’t say what led up to the incident.

Investigators released photos of two vehicles believed connected to the hit-and-run.

One of the vehicles — a black Dodge Ram truck with chrome wheels, a work box, a pole sticking up from the bed, a flag sticker or imprint on it in the middle rear sliding glass window, and rear storage areas above the rear wheel wells — has not been found, according to the news release. It bears Colorado license plate number EEI-A89, according to a Medina Alert.

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Colorado Bureau of Investigation issued a Medina Alert with a new photo.

Anyone with information about the vehicle should contact Denver Metro Crime Stoppers at 720-913-7867. Tipsters can earn a $2,000 reward for information that could be helpful in the investigation.

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