Teen accused of killing Ft. Carson couple faces 22 new charges
Updated On: May 20 2013 11:53:47 PM CDT
A teen accused of killing a Fort Carson soldier and his pregnant wife faces new charges for alleged crimes against an at-risk adult.
Macyo January, 18, faces 22 counts unrelated to the murders of David Dunlap and Whitney Butler that happened Jan. 14 on Bassett Drive. He's now accused of assaulting and stealing from an elderly woman on Sept. 25 and again on Jan. 11, just three days before the murders.
"I thought it was probably two people the way she was beaten up," said Richard Thompkins, the woman's neighbor.
Thompkins described the woman as "fragile," and said during both break-ins she was beaten and forced into a closet. He said a lawn care worker found her the first time and a neighbor called 911 the second.
"The second time when he beat her up, I guess his mask fell off and he says, 'You're tougher than you were the first time,' so she knew it was the same person," said Thompkins.
He said the woman recognized January after he was arrested for the murders.
People on the block said what happened changed their neighborhood, with neighbors buying weapons, new security systems and generally feeling on edge.
"For a while, you didn't want to come around this neighborhood after dark. People weren't trusting anybody," said neighbor Daryl Daniels. "They wouldn't even open their doors. After he was caught, it's still that way."
January was 17 years old at the time of the crimes. He recently turned 18 and has been moved from a juvenile facility to the county jail. Prosecutors want to try him as an adult.
The charges read against him Monday include first-degree assault of an at-risk adult, two counts of first-degree burglary, criminal mischief, menacing, theft from an at-risk adult, motor vehicle theft, possession of a handgun by a juvenile and harassment. An at-risk adult is someone over the age of 60.
January faces 23 counts, including murder, burglary and theft, in the deaths of Dunlap and Butler.
Police said January shot and killed the couple when they walked in as he was burglarizing their home.
The Dunlaps moved to Colorado Springs just two months before the crimes and recently found out they were expecting their first child.
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