The brawl in entrance of the Aurora restaurant over chilly meals resulted in deadly pictures, in accordance with arrest paperwork
AURORA, Colo. – A man who tried to keep the peace outside an Aurora restaurant when several people argued about refusing to pay for food that had gone cold was shot in the chest and later died of complications from his injuries received from Denver7 Monday.
Jacqueline De Paz, 28, was arrested two days later and is charged with second degree murder when Rudy Arguello-Rios died in front of Mariscos El Rey 2 restaurant after the shooting on December 23rd.
Police documents state that De Paz and a group of about seven other people complained to a waiter that an open door nearby, as well as the vents in the outdoor restaurant, caused their food to get cold to pay for what they had consumed that night.
Witnesses who saw the argument told police that the server threatened to call the police if they left without pay. At this point the group left the restaurant. The documents state that the server followed the group outside to claim payment.
The argument then turned into a brawl after the women in the group faced the server with taking pictures of the group’s cars as well as their license plates, which apparently upset the angry customers, with one attempting to take the server’s phone away to the affidavit.
The people in the restaurant then described how customers from a neighboring table also went outside to defend the server and try to defuse the situation. Among them was Arguello-Rios, whom the witness referred to as a peacekeeping force, who yelled at the group to stop being rude and respectful, as the affidavit shows.
At that point, police said, the crowd broke into two groups, with men fighting other men and women fighting other women outside the restaurant.
At least one witness told police they remembered one of the men in the group who hit Arguello-Rios several times, causing him to fall on the sidewalk. When this happened, another witness recalled De Paz pulling out a gun and pointing it at a person in the parking lot. The witness told police that Arguello-Rios must have seen this “when he got up and ran towards the person” at whom the gun was aimed.
The witness told investigators that Arguello-Rios approached De Paz to try to take the gun away from her before a muffled shot could be heard. In an interview with police, the witness said the man had no gun on himself or any other weapon at the time of the shooting and did not make threats that made De Paz fear for her life. The witness further claimed that De Paz raised the gun and fired the gun without provocation, according to the affidavit.
After he was shot, Arguello-Rios was escorted to the front of the restaurant by a family member, where he would eventually collapse. He was taken to the Aurora Medical Center, where he later died of a gunshot wound to the chest, documents show.
According to an affidavit, De Paz and the rest of the group left the shooting scene in separate vehicles.
De Paz was arrested by Aurora police later on Christmas Day.
Court documents show that De Paz, who appeared in court for the first time on Monday, faces three other charges besides second degree murder.
She has scheduled a preliminary hearing on January 28, 2021.