Three Colorado teens charged in rock throwing death of 20 year old

Three Colorado teens have been arrested and charged with murder, following the death of 20-year-old Alexa Bartell.  The teens allegedly threw rocks at passing cars driving on a road in a suburban area.  Cars can get up to 75 mph in that area.  

Over the course of several months, reports were made of rocks being thrown at windshields without any arrests being made.  

On April 19th, the teens loaded up a truck bed with melon-sized rocks, typically used for landscape.  They hurled one of the rocks into the windshield of Alexa Bartell, causing her to lose control of the vehicle and careen off the side of the road.  

The teenagers confessed to having taken a picture of the wreckage but made no attempt to save Alexa Bartell after she crashed.  

The three teens in question are all 12th graders:  Joseph Koenig, Nicholas “Mitch” Karol-Chik, and Zachary Kwak, all 18 years of age.  

Investigators used cell phone data and DNA evidence to connect the three teenagers to the crime.  A co-worker with one of the teens also called in a tip on April 25th, after authorities offered a $17,000 reward for information.  The co-worker said he saw the teens load the bed of a truck with the rocks used to commit the murder.  Furthermore, he stated that he knew something bad was going to happen, so he insisted they take him home, which they did.”

Speaking of the confession, an investigator noted, “Mitch again stated it was Zach who threw the ‘fatal’ rock at Alexis’ vehicle. When they turned around to see Alexis’ vehicle, they drove past it northbound and turned around southbound. Joe slowed the vehicle so that Zach could take a photo of it. Mitch noted that he felt ‘a hint of guilt…As they passed where the vehicle had stopped, Zachary used his cell phone to take a picture of the vehicle. When asked why, he replied that he thought Joseph or Mitch would want it as a memento.”

The suspects are facing charges of first-degree murder and extreme indifference, with more charges pending.


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