The three Colorado youngsters accused of chucking a rock by means of the window of a 20-year-old driver, killing her, returned to the crash scene and snapped a photograph of the sufferer’s car as a “memento,” in line with arrest data.
Alexa Bartell was killed final Wednesday evening when Joseph Koenig, Nicholas “Mitch” Karol-Chik and Zachary Kwak allegedly hurled a heavy landscaping rock by means of her windshield in Arvada throughout a twisted rock-throwing spree, authorities have mentioned.
Bartell crashed her automotive right into a discipline and died on scene.
After the kids fled, Kwak allegedly informed the others, “We have to return and see that,” in line with an arrest affidavit supplied to the Post.
They went again after which Kwak took a photograph of the automotive as a “memento.”
As the kids drove house, Koenig and Karol-Chik talked about how the three have been now “blood brothers” and will by no means communicate of what occurred, Kwak informed investigators.
The subsequent day, Kwak and Koenig met to “get their tales straight,” in line with the affidavit.
The trio — all 18 and highschool seniors — appeared in court docket for the primary time on Thursday. They are charged with first-degree homicide with excessive indifference with extra fees anticipated to be filed at a later date.
A judge ordered they be held with out bond, according to KDVR.
Bartell was discovered dead by her pal, who had been speaking to her on the telephone when the rock hit her, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office mentioned.
The pal tracked her location down utilizing an app after Bartell went silent.
Bartell was killed by the rock and never the crash, the sheriff’s workplace mentioned.
Koenig was the one who allegedly threw the rock that killed Bartell, Karol-Chik informed investigators.
When the rock smashed by means of her windshield, Kwak informed authorities it appeared like a “rail gun” taking pictures concrete.
Shocking photographs present the shattered windshield and the again window blown out.
The three are suspected of finishing up a number of different related rock assaults on drivers the identical evening that Bartell was killed, police mentioned.
The assaults began simply after 10 p.m., and a minimum of seven autos have been focused, with one other two drivers struggling minor accidents.
Bartell was hit round 10:45 p.m.
The massive landscaping rocks have been taken from the sting of a Walmart parking zone close to Denver and loaded within the backseat of a Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup truck, a witness informed investigators.
When police requested what number of rocks they grabbed, the witness mentioned “as a lot as they may carry.”
The witness informed investigators he “knew one thing unhealthy was going to occur,” so he insisted the others take him house, which they did, the court docket paperwork confirmed.
When they dropped the witness off, Koenig was driving, Karol-Chik was within the entrance passenger’s seat, and Kwak was behind Mitch, in line with the witness.
Karol-Chik informed investigators that he and Koenig have been concerned in throwing objects — together with a statue and different rocks — at autos since February on a minimum of 10 separate days.