Two teens accused of fatally shooting two brothers earlier this month in Lakewood were meeting up for an illegal gun sale or swap, according to arrest documents.
But, according to the documents, they were planning a robbery instead.
Michael Anthony Mendoza, 17, and Marqueil Deandre Banks, 16, are being charged as adults, according to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office. They’re each facing 10 counts, including first-degree murder, in the killings of Damian Wikoff, 18, and Dillon Wikoff, 17. They are being held without bond, according to a news release.
Lakewood police found Damian and Dillon before 8:30 p.m. Aug. 23 in the Walmart parking lot at 7455 W. Colfax Ave. with gunshot wounds when responding to a report of a shooting, according to arrest documents provided by the DA’s office. The two later died at a hospital.
Witness interviews and social media messages illustrated what led to the meeting that night with the brothers and at least five other people and the shooting that followed. Damian had been on a break from his work shift at the nearby Qdoba, and the two brothers were in the parking lot. Damian and Dillon were attempting to sell or swap a gun, according to the documents. Dillon had exchanged hundreds of messages with what appeared to be Mendoza’s Facebook account, including about a gun exchange that evening. Mendoza had an ankle monitor at the time related to another case, according to the documents.
Mendoza told police one of the people with him got in an argument with one of the brothers, so Mendoza took a shotgun and hit Damian in the head with it. The person having an argument with one of the brothers jumped out of the car and shot Damian and Dillon, according to the documents. Mendoza said he was told to grab the gun, which he pulled out of a backpack in the parking lot, and drove away.
During searches and the arrests, police found several guns, including the one taken during the shooting and a pistol and rifle conversion kit, according to the arrest documents. They also found messages that corroborated a planned robbery during the gun deal. They connected Mendoza and Banks, who was on parole at the time, to the shooting.
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