(Golden, CO – January 17, 2019) Following seven days of trial, a Jefferson County jury found Edward Roy Barron, DOB: 3-19-86, guilty of 18 felony counts stemming from a drug-fueled crime spree in Jefferson County in 2017. The verdict was returned on January 12, 2019.
Mr. Barron’s crime spree began with an armed carjacking of a red Nissan near the intersection of Kipling and W. Jewell at 5:00 a.m. on December 19, 2017. Over the next six hours he robbed a pharmacy located at Kipling and Bowles. Holding the pharmacist at gunpoint he got away with Dilaudid and Fentanyl. Then, proceeded a bank robbery at Kipling and W. Belleview where he robbed tellers, again at gunpoint, netting $1,800. Shortly afterwards, he was observed in a nearby neighborhood. Several neighbors thought he looked suspicious and called police. Barron went into a home in this neighborhood and held the male and female residents at gunpoint. He told them he had to “lay low” for a while, as he was “hiding from police”. A short time later Barron left the house. He was met by numerous law enforcement officers outside the house and a foot chase began. He was caught and arrested.
“This was a complex investigation involving the Lakewood Police, Jefferson County Sheriff, FBI, and the Division of Parks and Wildlife. There were four crime scenes, and hundreds of pieces of evidence,” said DA Pete Weir, “It was helpful for the prosecutor to have so many community members taking an active role, calling 911 at various stages of the crime spree, then coming forward to make a statement and testify when needed.”
The jury found Mr. Barron guilty of Kidnapping (F2); two counts of Aggravated Robbery(F2); three counts of Aggravated Robbery (F3); Attempted Aggravated Robbery(F4); three counts of Burglary 1 (F3); six counts of Menacing (F5); Motor Vehicle Theft (F5); two counts of Possession of Controlled Substance (DF4); three violent crime counts; and a special offender sentence enhancer for being in possession drugs and a gun.
Sentencing has been set for February 12, 2019 at 3:30 p.m.