Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office
For Immediate Release —April 20, 2023
JCSO Searching for Suspects in Overnight Homicide
Jefferson County, CO. – Police are on the hunt for unknown suspects involved in an overnight homicide in Jefferson County. At approximately 10:45 p.m. on April 19, a 20-year old female was driving northbound near the 10600 block of Indiana St. Suspects, possibly from a vehicle or the side of the road, threw a large rock at the victim’s vehicle, which struck and killed her.
The victim is identified as Alexa Bartell from Arvada. In the moments before she was killed, Alexa was on her phone talking to a friend when the phone went silent. Alexa’s friend tracked her phone and drove to the location on Indiana St. She found Alexa fatally wounded inside her car, which was off the roadway in a field.
This appears to be part of an overnight crime series involving a light-colored pickup truck or SUV. Here is the time line of crimes, as we know it:
- 10:04 p.m. – Westminster - 100th Ave. & Simms St. – rock through windshield – driver not injured
- 10:36 p.m. – Boulder County - McCaslin Blvd & S. Indiana St. (entrance to Rock Creek neighborhood) rock through windshield – minor injuries to driver
- 10:37 p.m. – Boulder County – McCaslin Blvd & S. Indiana St. (entrance to Rock Creek neighborhood) - rock vs.Toyota 4-Runner – body damage to vehicle, driver not injured
- 10:45 p.m. – Jefferson County – 10600 block of Indiana St. – rock through windshield of yellow Chevy Spark – homicide
- April 20 at 12:24 a.m. – Arvada - Hwy 93 at Hwy 72 – rock through windshield – minor injuries to driver
We are working with Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Arvada Police and Westminster Police to gather information. We believe there may be more victims.
Investigators need the public’s help identifying and locating the suspects involved in these crimes. If you were in any of these areas and witnessed anything related to the suspect vehicle or the suspects who may have been inside, call the JCSO tip line at 303-271-5612. No piece of information is insignificant. If you have home security or dash cameras that may have caught the vehicle driving by, we want to hear from you.
Note to media: the family of Alexa Bartell shared the attached photo for public release. The family asks for privacy at this time.
Prepared by: Jacki Kelley, Public Information Officer Desk: 303-271-5602
Karlyn Tilley, Public Information Officer Desk: 303-271-5296