APD arrests two in 2017 shooting death of teen
Anchorage Police have arrested two people in the 2017 shooting death of 19-year-old Juanita Lolesio. Police believe a love triangle is what led to the death of Lolesio, however, they went on to say she doesn't appear to have been involved, she was simply at the wrong place at the wrong time.
On Saturday, police and detectives served a search warrant to the 900 block of East 20th Avenue in reference to a homicide and shots fired investigation, APD spokesperson MJ Thim said Sunday morning.
Detectives took two suspects: Christopher Espiritu-Simpson, 19, and a male juvenile, into custody for questioning; eventually, they were arrested and taken to jail.
According to charging documents, police responded to a triplex located on the 6700 block of Stella Place at 1:44 a.m. on December 27 for a report of shots fired. When officers arrived, they found a total of 10 shell casings from different calibers in the parking lot. Two units of the triplex had bullet holes. Two bullet holes were found in the back of a 2017 Chevy Camaro parked outside.
In one unit, police found four bullet holes in a room where juveniles were sleeping. One bullet struck a TV and another hit the wall, charging documents said. In the other unit, a bullet went through the living room window and into the kitchen where it ended up lodged into the rear wall.
"The shell casings were from a 9mm Luger and .380 Auto," charging documents said.
No one was hurt during that incident.
"On February 10, 2018, [Espiritu-Simpson] admitted to participating in the shooting of [Stella Place]," according to charging documents. "Espiritu-Simpson stated he and [the juvenile suspect] were on foot when they shot into the residence."
Those shell casings and bullet fragments were entered into the National Integrated Ballistic Information Network (NIBIN).
On December 30 at 2:59 a.m., police responded to an apartment complex in the area of Oklahoma Street and Boundary Avenue for a report of multiple shots fired at a party bus that was dropping people off at the apartment. Lolesio, who was inside the bus when it happened, was shot in the upper body and eventually died.
The shell casings found during the Oklahoma Street investigation matched the casings entered into NIBIN from the Stella Place shooting.
According to charging documents, Espiritu-Simpson admitted to taking part in the party bus shooting on Oklahoma Street.
"Espiritu-Simpson stated he was driving a vehicle with [the juvenile suspect] as his passenger when they shot at the bus," charging documents say.
According to court documents, Espiritu-Simpson's GPS for his cell phone showed he was at both locations at the times the shootings occurred.
"At this point, we don't have anything to believe that the victim in the homicide is connected, in any way, to the love triangle at all that she was not the intended target here," Thim said.
While Lolesio passed away in January, her death pushed Anchorage's 2017 homicide record to an all-time high of 36.
Espiritu-Simpson faces multiple charges including murder in the second-degree and multiple counts of misconduct involving a weapon. He doesn't have a prior criminal history, which gives him a low-risk score on the state's new pre-trial risk assessment tool.
Magistrate Judge David Bauer ordered a $100 cash corporate bond and a $50,000 cash performance bond for Espiritu-Simpson. If he makes bail, he’ll be on electronic monitoring.
Charges against the juvenile are confidential since they have been processed through the Juvenile Justice System.
Anyone with information on these investigations is asked to call APD at 907-786-8900. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP or through its website.
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Daniella Rivera contributed to this story.
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