Third suspect arrested in murder of D'Evelyn grad

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By Deborah Swearingen

 After a five-day search, the final suspect was arrested in connection with the Thursday night murder of 27-year-old Andrew Jenicek.


Devon Drizzt Howard, 20, was arrested around 4 p.m. Tuesday. For this arrest, the Edgewater Police Department worked in conjunction with the Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Colorado U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force.

The other two suspects, Caleb Joseph Vigil, 19, and Alicia Elena Valdez, 19, were arrested late Saturday night. All three are in custody in the Jefferson County Jail, where they await formal charges.

Jenicek, a D’Evelyn Jr./Sr. High School graduate, was walking into a restaurant at 2001 Sheridan Blvd. around 8:40 p.m. last Thursday when a silver sedan pulled up. A passenger stepped out of the car and shot Jenicek once in the chest. According to Edgewater Police Chief John Mackey, a witness saw the incident and called 911.

Although the police department hasn't released much information, Mackey said last week that the shooting appears to have been random. Of the three suspects, officials haven't identified which was the shooter.

“We do believe we have the right three, and if there’s any more, we’ll be putting further information out," Mackey said on Monday.

Jenicek was living in Lakewood at the time of his death but grew up in Littleton. He graduated from D’Evelyn in 2008, according to his MaxPreps profile. He was active in sports and played varsity football for the schools. In 2008, he signed a letter of intent to play football for the University of Sioux Falls.

A GoFundMe account has been set up to raise money for funeral costs.

“As Andrew’s family works to process the sudden and shocking loss of their son, brother, grandson, boyfriend and friend, our community is already reaching out to cover costs involved with laying him to rest,” the fund description reads.


The fund has nearly reached its $10,000 goal. To donate, visit www.gofundme.com/Andrew-jenicek-memorial-fund.


Those with information regarding this case should call 303-980-7300 and ask for an Edgewater police officer.