Aurora man indicted for first-degree murder in 16-year-old’s overdose death

A 25-year-old man gave fentanyl to a 16-year-old girl during a party at his Aurora apartment, then failed to get help for the girl when she overdosed and died, according to a grand jury indictment that charges the man with first-degree murder.

Jorge Alexander Che-Quiab also was charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl during the same party. That girl told authorities she woke up after blacking out drunk to find her underwear removed and her pants on backwards.

Che-Quiab later admitted to sexually assaulting the 14-year-old, according to the indictment.

He faces a total of 13 felony charges in connection with the party, which took place on Aug. 6 and 7, and his being held on a $2 million bond in the Arapahoe County Jail.

The Arapahoe County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday did not immediately identify the 16-year-old girl who overdosed and died.

On the night of the party, Che-Quiab brought at least three girls and an 18-year-old woman to his apartment, then gave his guests pills that he said were oxycodone but were in fact fentanyl, according to the grand jury indictment. He crushed the pills and his guests snorted the powder, according to the indictment.

He and two other men at the party sexually assaulted some of the guests after they were too high or drunk to resist, according to the indictment.

Che-Quiab told investigators that he noticed the 16-year-old was slipping in and out of consciousness after snorting the fentanyl, and that he saw her lips were turning blue, but he did not seek medical help for her. Instead, he went to sleep and in the morning woke up to find the 16-year-old girl was not breathing.

He told detectives he performed CPR and called 911, then flushed some cocaine down the toilet while waiting for the paramedics to arrive. Police who searched the apartment nevertheless found a bag of blue fentanyl pills and three other bags of what appeared to be heroin.

Fentanyl is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and fatal overdoses due to fentanyl have been rising rapidly in recent years.

A girl who survived the party told investigators that Che-Quiab described the pills as “blue oxy” when he offered them to the teenagers.

“Recently narcotics law enforcement officers and task force agents have seen dealers pressing fentanyl to resemble 30 mg blue oxycodone pills in order to make more profit,” the indictment reads. “…It is well known on the black market that the amount of fentanyl in these pills is not regulated and can often lead to fatal overdoses.”

Che-Quiab expressed regret for not helping the 16-year-old girl in multiple interviews with police, according to the indictment.

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