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John Lee

Case Details

Case Type: Homicide

Height: Unknown

Case Status: OPEN

Weight: Unknown


Identifying Marks:

Incident Date: 04/10/1997


Agency: Westminster Police Department

City: Westminster

Date of Birth: 08/08/1968


Date of Death: 04/10/1997

Agency Case #: 97-04985

Age: 29

Judicial District: 1st Judicial District

Gender: Male

Year Solved:

Race: Asian

NamUs Case #: Unknown

Eyes: Black

NCMEC Case #: Unknown

Hair: Black

About this Case:

On the morning of April 10, 1997, shortly after 10:00 a.m., a lone gunman entered what was then the Colorado National Bank located at 3454 W. 72nd Avenue firing a round into the ceiling of the lobby and announcing a robbery. He then approached a female employee at a teller station demanding her to give him money. Several employees and customers reacting to the gunman's actions tried to escape by running out an exit on the opposite side of the bank from where the robbery was taking place. The gunman fired at least twice at those fleeing; striking bank employee John Lee (28 years old) and a customer. Mr. Lee was killed while the other shooting victim survived his wounds. The suspect fled the bank out an East exit and not vehicle was seen. The gunman was described as a black male, 5'6-5'10, early 20's in age, 150-165 pounds. He was described wearing a hooded gray sweatshirt under a hooded dark colored sports team type coat that had lighter coloring across the top of the back and shoulders, dark baggy pants, a dark ski mask and gloves. Mr. Lee was single at the time of his murder, lived with his parents, and was also a student at Regis University. We encourage anyone with information regarding this case to contact Detective Joe Hastings at (303) 658-4242.

If you have any information about this case, please contact:

Westminster Police Department



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