A teen has been arrested in Chicago in connection to the summer murder of Pueblo resident Michael Hopkins.
The 17-year-old, whose name has been withheld because he is a minor, was arrested Sunday at a hotel in a Chicago suburb while visiting family.
Six months after Hopkins' death on June 21, the Pueblo County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Friday afternoon to divulge new details in the case.
A family member found 50-year-old Hopkins in his Pueblo West home in late June, shot several times. The death was ruled a homicide.
Though after the initial discovery of Hopkin’s body, a search of the area turned up nothing, a suspect emerged after a thorough investigation over the next several months. The sheriff’s office has evidence pointing at a 17-year-old young man shot Hopkins after he interrupted the man in the middle of a burglary attempt. A handgun stolen from a vehicle prior to the altercation with Hopkins is believed to have been the murder weapon.
Officers were tipped off to the likelihood of the suspect’s involvement once it became known that he knew details about Hopkins’ death that only someone at the scene when it happened should know. At first, the trail was cold because of the seeming randomness of the act, and how many times the suspected murder weapon changed hands. The gun had been sold for four times for money and drugs. Once the gun used in the shooting materialized, however, people who knew the suspect began talking. Officers were provided with enough information to find a connection between the two individuals, where initially none could be found.
The sheriff’s office has not ruled out the possibility that there may have been more people involved in Hopkins’ death, although members of his family are not considered suspects.
The teen has not been charged as an adult.
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