A 58-year-old Denver man shot and killed during a multi-state crime spree allegedly involving two men and a woman was an Uber driver who was on duty at the time of his death, according to numerous media reports.
David Rosenthal died of multiple gunshot wounds on Feb. 22, according to Steve Castro, spokesman for the Denver coroner’s office.
A suspect identified as 30-year-old Michael Fanelli of Rio Rancho, N.M. allegedly shot Rosenthal near West Colfax Avenue and Perry Street, police say.
Fanelli and two alleged accomplices took Rosenthal’s black 2015 Cadillac and continued a crime spree through Wyoming, Utah and Oregon, said Capt. Tim Fox, spokesman for the Oregon State Police.
“This is a big investigation spanning four states. This was a Bonnie and Clyde type crime spree,” Fox said. “You don’t see that every day, that’s for sure.”
Fanelli and his alleged accomplices, Jose Lopez-Jovel, 31, of El Salvador, and an unidentified woman, , are being held in three separate Oregon jails, Fox said.
Rosenthal’s Uber car was used two hours after his carjacking in an armed robbery at a convenience store in Cheyenne, Wyo., 100 miles north of Denver. Two men stole cash and merchandise and returned to the Cadillac, where a woman was waiting.
Six hours after the Cheyenne robbery, the same men robbed a Wells Fargo bank in Park City, Utah, 440 miles west of Cheyenne, authorities said. Summit County sheriff’s deputies said the suspects drove away in a black Cadillac with the same Colorado license plate as the car stolen in Denver.
Fanelli was arrested Saturday in Oregon after he and Lopez-Jovel were allegedly attempting to carjack a vehicle at a Red Robin Restaurant in Roseburg, Ore. As police approached the restaurant Fanelli allegedly drove off without Lopez-Jovel, who was immediately arrested, according to the OSP.
Fanelli allegedly fired gunshots at authorities during a chase. He shot a commercial vehicle and an OSP car. He also allegedly shot a car, with the bullet hitting an occupied child seat, authorities say.
Authorities lost contact with Fanelli, who then allegedly attempted to carjack another vehicle in a residential neighborhood, shooting a man and assaulting a woman during the robbery, the Oregon State Police news release says. The man was critically injured.
Police spotted Rosenthal, gave chase again and managed to disable Rosenthal’s Uber car and arrest Fanelli.
Two Denver detectives have gone to Oregon to interview the crime-spree suspects, said Christine Downs, Denver police spokeswoman.
Rosenthal’s family has set up a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses.
His 19-year-old daughter, who remained anonymous, wrote a tribute to him on the GoFundMe page.
“The most recent memory I have of my dad is that he took me out for Valentine’s day to make sure I knew I was loved,” she wrote.
Her dad would cheer on the sidelines of her soccer games, attend her orchestra concerts and “be the best buddy to go to the Renaissance Festival,” she wrote.
“Last year we traveled together to the Netherlands and it is a memory I will carry forever. He loved the Beatles and used to sing the songs to me when I was little. He loved older rock songs and passed that love onto me. We’d do other things like go to the Denver Zoo and watch the elephants. We knew all the elephants by name,” she wrote.