Denver Crime Stoppers Balks at Paying Mexican Tipster


Denver Metro Crime Stoppers didn’t reward a woman who helped police catch her grandson after he killed a Denver cop because she lives in Mexico, reports the city’s Post. Other tipsters in the slaying of Detective Donald Young were granted shares of a $50,000 reward. But Florencia Casteñada Rodriguez, the grandmother of killer Raul Gomez-Garcia, got nothing.

Gomez-Garcia was sentenced Oct. 25 to 80 years in prison for killing Young and wounding his partner, Jack Bishop. They were shot May 8, 2005, while working as security guards at a baptismal party. Gomez-Garcia fled to his mother’s house in Los Angeles and then to Culiacán, Mexico, where his paternal grandparents lived. Casteñada Rodriguez told authorities that Gomez-Garcia was staying at her home and she lured him to a store where he was arrested. Denver Metro Crime Stoppers president Larry Carstensen said Thursday the organization wouldn’t pay Casteñada Rodriguez because she doesn’t live in the United States.


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