At about 9:40 Saturday morning Lakewood police agents responded to conduct a welfare check at a residence in the 1500 block of Depew St. Agents arrived on scene and located the body of 79-year-old Robert L. Phippen (07-22-34) in his residence.
As the investigation progressed, detectives felt strongly Phippen died as the result of a homicide. Further investigation led detectives to believe two male individuals were involved in Phippen’s death. The two were identified, located and arrested. They are 22-year-old James A. Dominguez-Castor (07-27-91) and 20-year-old Stephvon G. Atencio (12-28-93). Both are believed to have been acquaintances of the victim.
Dominguez-Castor and Atencio were arrested on charges of first degree murder. They were transported to the Jefferson County Jail where they remain.
Anyone with information regarding the case or about the arrestees is asked to call the Lakewood Police Department at 303-987-7111.
Posted on: Tuesday, March 04, 2014