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    Charges Filed In Death Of Robert Phippen In Lakewood

    First Judicial District Attorney Pete Weir announced today that charges have been filed against two men in the death of 79-year-old Robert Phippen. James Dominguez-Castor, DOB: 7-27-91, and Stephvon Atencio, DOB: 12-28-93, were in court in Jefferson County today to be advised of the charges.

    According to court records, on March 1st Lakewood Police were called to 1550 Depew by neighbors when Mr. Phippen failed to answer knocks at his door.  After looking inside windows, the neighbors told police that his home looked as if it had been ransacked.

    Robert Phippen was found dead inside his trailer home. His Dodge van was also missing.

    Investigators recovered Mr. Phippen's van on March 1 in Denver.

    Dominguez-Castor has been charged with 22 counts, including First Degree Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Robbery of an At-Risk Adult, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft and two counts of Habitual Criminal.

    Dominguez-Castor had two warrants outstanding when he was arrested on March 1st.  One warrant was for a probation violation in Jefferson County in a case where he pled guilty to stealing and then  using a credit card belonging to the same victim, Robert Phippen.

    Atencio has been charged with 15 counts, including First Degree Murder, Aggravated Robbery, Robbery of an At-Risk Adult and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.

    Dominguez-Castor and Atencio will be back in court on March 14 at 8:00 in Division 1. They are being held without bond at the Jefferson County Detention Center

    Pam Russell
    DA Public Information

    March 7, 2014

    Stephvon Atencio

    James Dominguez-Castor

    Last Updated: 3-7-2014
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