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Judge: Enough evidence to try man accused of shooting driver on U.S. 34

Tommy Simmons
tsimmons@greeleytribune.com

Ivan Grimaldo

A Weld District Court judge ruled late Wednesday afternoon there is enough evidence to move forward in the case of a man accused of shooting a fellow gang member in the knee as the two drove alongside each other on U.S. 34.

Ivan Grimaldo, 29, appeared in court for a preliminary hearing, during which prosecutors argued there is enough evidence for him to face trial on multiple charges including attempted murder and the illegal discharge of a firearm.

Police and prosecutors say Grimaldo on April 15 pulled up alongside Matthew White as the two drove on U.S. 34 and fired at White's car, sending a bullet through the car's door and hitting him in the knee. White's two sons were in the car, said Greeley police detective Mike Prill at the hearing, and one of them used his phone to copy down the license plate of the car Grimaldo drove.

The two men had a history, according to Prill. White told police Grimaldo had stolen his car before and made a point to drive past White's house and honk the horn just to taunt him.

That wasn't the car Grimaldo drove during the shooting, though, police say. On April 15, Grimaldo was at the wheel of a white Chrysler that belonged to his father-in-law, according to police. He'd refused his wife's repeated pleas to return the car, police say.

Police on April 18 caught sight of the Chrysler three days after they say Grimaldo shot White. They used multiple police vehicles to pin the car — with Grimaldo inside — in the 2400 block of Ash Avenue. Grimaldo climbed out through the passenger side window, officers say, but as he sprinted from them on foot, he tripped. He was arrested and booked into the Weld County Jail. Police found a handgun on the driver's seat of the car.

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When police spoke to Grimaldo, Prill said, he admitted he'd refused to return his father-in-law's car and also said he'd bought the gun on the black market. He said he didn't shoot White, though, and said on April 15, he'd been in east Greeley with his girlfriend. When officers spoke to her, she denied that claim.

It was enough evidence for Weld District Court Judge Shannon Lyons to allow the case to move forward.

What’s next

Ivan Grimaldo, 29, who police say shot a fellow gang member driving on U.S. 34, is next scheduled to appear in court 4 p.m. July 20. He remains in the Weld County Jail on $175,000 bond.

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