Double homicide shocks southwest Weld County

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Bodies of woman, mother found along Weld County Road 4; estranged husband found dead after police standoff in Thornton

By The Staff

FREDERICK — A local woman and her mother were found dead last week, and the man suspected of abducting and killing them was found dead Friday night, Feb. 7, after a standoff with police in Thornton.


Cimmeron Johns, 37, was spotted by Thornton police Feb. 7 after the discovery of two bodies in Weld County. Law enforcement agents tracked him to an apartment in the Bravado Viewpoint complex on the 10200 block of Ura Lane in Thornton.


After officers exchanged gunfire with the man inside, a SWAT team entered the apartment and found him dead; Thornton police said last week that it wasn’t immediately clear if the man was shot by police or via a self-inflicted wound.

Official confirmation on the identities of the suspect and the bodies found in Weld County have yet to be released by the respective county coroners, but authorities have given every other indication that the victims were Johns’ estranged wife Alisha, 36, and her mother, Sherri Pachello, 56.

Cimmeron Johns had an active warrant for second-degree assault from a recent domestic violence case with his wife prior to the events that led to the deaths of his wife and mother-in-law. Johns' son, Cicero, graduated from Fort Lupton High School in 2013.

Police investigators said the incident started around 10 p.m. Feb. 6. Deputies received a call from Pachello, who told them that a dark-colored car was chasing her. Deputies were able to track Pachello’s whereabouts to Frederick and were able to find a crash scene nearby. Deputies also found an abandoned 1991 Mercedes nearby. Reams said Pachello drove to a home in Frederick to retrieve her daughter, who was visiting her estranged husband. The couple had a recent history of domestic violence, according to deputies.

Around 11 a.m. Feb. 7, a surveyor found a woman’s body in a field near County Roads 4 and 17. Two hours later, as deputies were investigating that discovery, the second victim’s body was found near County Roads 15 and 4.

Deputies were able to find the Mercedes near the apartment complex in Thornton.