Metro Denver Crime Stoppers helped arrest triple homicide

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DENVER (KDVR) — Mile High City detectives continue to build a case against triple homicide suspect Elijah Hood.

Meanwhile, FOX31’s partners at Metro Denver Crime Stoppers reveal how several anonymous tips led to Hood’s arrest.

As news spread that a young man, a grandmother and a 4-year-old boy had been shot, the boy’s mother issued an appeal.

“I just want whoever did this to come forward, please just come forward,” said the boy’s mother, Aquasia Parham. “He was only 4 years old.”

From the start, it was not easy.

“[Police] had no leads,” said Michael Mills, chairman of the board of Metro Denver Crime Stoppers. “We got a lot of advice on this.”

A dozen bits of information have emerged about the triple homicide allowing police to focus on Hood, who is the nephew of one of the victims. Hood now faces three counts of first degree murder.

Metro Denver Crime Stoppers Tips Help Solve Crimes

According to Mills, there is evidence of the success of Metro Denver Crime Stoppers for over 40 years. The volunteer group has grown in size and popularity lately. Metro Denver Crime Stoppers now works with 43 law enforcement agencies in Colorado.

“You will remain anonymous if you go through Metro Denver Crime Stoppers,” Mills said.

The organization receives an average of more than 400 calls per month. In November, Mills said 10 bank robberies were solved with just one tip. In February, 14 bank robberies were solved with just one tip.

Mills said more than 40% of tipsters ask to split money with a victim or refuse to accept a reward. The association receives no public funding. It works on fundraising.

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