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Denver father dies while trying to protect his daughter; 2 arrested

Two men have been arrested as suspects in a Denver domestic violence death in which the victim’s father died after he was assaulted as he tried to protect his adult daughter.

The incident happened in the early morning hours Tuesday in the 500 block of Alton Way, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Unturell Sanders, 19, has been arrested on suspicion of manslaughter, aggravated robbery, robbery, assault and felony menacing, according to the court document. He also faced two misdemeanor charges, child abuse and obstruction of the use of telephone.

Savion Lewellen, 24, is being held on suspicion of manslaughter and robbery.

The victim, told police investigators she was attacked by her boyfriend, Sanders, and that her father tried to intervene. That’s when Lewellen allegedly had a “scuffle” with the victim’s father.

Police responding to a domestic violence report found the 50-year-old father, suffering a head laceration, in the apartment. He was taken to Denver Health Medical Center where he later died.

The father’s identity and cause of death were not immediately released.

A 7-year-old child was inside the residence at the time of the incident. The two suspects had fled, in the female victim’s stolen car, before police arrived. They were later arrested.

At one point in the incident Sanders allegedly held a gun to his girlfriend’s head and then hit her with the weapon. He also stopped her as she tried to call 911 for help, according to the affidavit.

 

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