GOLDEN, Colo. (Apr. 27, 2023) – District Attorney Alexis King announced today that Matthew Erik Lowderback has been charged for crimes he is accused of committing between Apr. 9-10, 2023, in Lakewood, Denver, and Littleton.
On Apr. 9, 2023, at approximately 10 p.m., Lakewood Police Department agents were dispatched to 1615 Pierson St. in reference to a shooting. Multiple witnesses reported hearing a male and female arguing, followed by a single gunshot. Moments later, witnesses reported seeing a female suffering an apparent gunshot wound to the face. Witnesses said that the female was accompanied by a male who indicated they did not need help and that he was taking the female to the hospital. The male and female drove off in a Black Jaguar SUV.
Officers attempted a traffic stop of a Jaguar matching the description at W Colfax Ave and Oak St when the vehicle accelerated to over 110mph, running a red light at W Colfax Ave/Colorado Mills Parkway. Due to the danger to the public, the pursuit was terminated.
Shortly after, a twenty-nine-year-old female covered in blood was found outside an ambulance bay at St. Luke’s Presbyterian Medical Center in Denver. Paramedics transferred the female to Denver Health where she was treated for a gunshot wound to the chin.
The investigation revealed that the female victim was the registered owner of the Jaguar, and the male accused of shooting her was identified as Matthew Lowderback. Lowderback was also accused of stealing the vehicle after leaving the female at St. Luke’s Medical Center.
At the time of the shooting, Lowderback was a wanted fugitive for a 2nd degree assault /Strangulation out of Weld County.
On Apr. 10, 2023, the Denver Police Department (DPD) was dispatched to a disturbance involving a male, identified as Lowderback, armed with a gun. The Denver dispatch center confirmed that Lowderback had a warrant out of Weld County and was subsequently made aware that he was a person of interest for the attempted murder the previous night. As a result, DPD surveilled the residence, which led to officers following a Honda CRV with Lowderback in the passenger seat.
DPD conducted a high-risk stop on the CRV at S Lowell Blvd and W Bowles Ave. The vehicle stopped, and Lowderback exited the car and began running southwest on W Bowles Ave. Lowderback was holding a black handgun and ran into Clement Park.
DPD Officers fired less-lethal rounds at Lowderback in an attempt to safely take him into custody. Lowderback appeared to have been struck, however, he continued to run from Officers in a southwest direction towards the ballfields. Lowderback is accused of pointing his black handgun at DPD Officers during the pursuit. Officers then fired multiple rounds at Lowderback, causing him to fall to the ground. Officers then placed him in custody, and he was transferred to Littleton Hospital for emergency medical treatment.
On Apr. 10, 2023, a Lakewood Police Department warrant was issued for the arrest of Lowderback for Attempted Murder, First Degree Assault, Vehicular Eluding, Criminal Mischief, Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft, and Domestic Violence.
Upon Lowderback’s release from the hospital on Apr. 20, 2023, he was arrested by the Lakewood Police Department and booked at the Jefferson County Jail.
On Apr. 21, 2023, Lowderback appeared before the First Judicial District Court and received a $1 million cash only bond.
On Apr. 27, 2023, District Attorney Alexis King filed 12 charges:
COUNT 1: CRIMINAL ATTEMPT TO COMMIT MURDER IN THE FIRST DEGREE
COUNT 2: ASSAULT IN THE FIRST DEGREE
COUNT 3: ROBBERY
COUNT 4: ROBBERY
COUNT 5: AGGRAVATED MOTOR VEHICLE THEFT IN THE FIRST DEGREE
COUNT 6: VEHICULAR ELUDING
COUNT 7: MENACING
COUNT 8: MENACING
COUNT 9: MENACING
COUNT 10: POSSESSION OF A WEAPON BY PREVIOUS OFFENDER
COUNT 11: CRIME OF VIOLENCE
COUNT 12: CRIME OF VIOLENCE
The charges are merely legal allegations; Mr. Lowderback is presumed innocent of the charges against him unless and until he is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.