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Suspect in Deja Vu Showgirls shooting apprehended, linked to multi-state crime spree

Posted at 7:24 PM, Feb 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-25 12:11:01-05

ROSEBURG, Ore. – According to the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office, Matthew Fanelli has been apprehended in Oregon.

Fanelli is the suspect in a shooting that occurred Feb. 22nd at Deja Vu Showgirls, located at 2145 B Street, in Colorado Springs.

The 30-year-old Fanelli was reportedly arrested after an attempted carjacking Roseburg, Oregon.

Matthew Fanelli

On Friday the 22nd, the Sheriff’s Office received multiple calls from Deja Vu regarding a man shooting at the establishment.  When deputies arrived, they learned Fanelli had become upset when he was asked to leave. He then began shooting at the manager and two bouncers as he left the establishment.

The Sheriff’s Office said no one was injured, but several rounds struck the front of the building.

Fanelli was seen on video leaving the business accompanied by a Hispanic male and female employee who ran out naked, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The female was assaulted by the suspect while inside the building.

The Sheriff’s Office has yet to identify the Hispanic male.

Denver Police reportedly suspect Fanelli is linked to a carjacking later Friday night in Denver. Police said the victim was shot and killed and his Cadillac was stolen around 2 a.m. Several hours later that stolen vehicle was linked to a convenience store robbery in Cheyenne, Wyoming, as well as a bank robbery in Summit County Utah.

According to Oregon State Police, officers responded to a Red Robin restaurant on an attempted carjacking. The suspect in the carjacking, later identified as Fanelli, fired several shots while attempting to elude officers. At a point when officers lost sight of Fanelli, he attempted to carjack another vehicle. During this attempted carjacking, he shot a male occupant of the vehicle and assaulted a female occupant, but was unable to steal their car. Oregon State Police said the male suffered critical injuries but have not reported his status.

Oregon officers again located Fanelli and took him into custody when his vehicle became disabled.

The El Paso County Sheriff’s Office said this is a multi-jurisdictional, multi-state investigation and more information will be released “as the investigation allows.”


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