A motorist who attempted to stop another driver from escaping a hit-and-run on C-470 has been indicted for shooting at the car, according to court documents.
Marc Simmons, who told police he is an employee for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, has been charged with illegal discharge of a firearm and reckless endangerment in connection with the May 2019 incident. The driver accused of hitting a construction vehicle and then driving away also was indicted.
Simmons, 37, was driving eastbound near the Quebec Street exit when he saw a white Subaru hit a construction vehicle, then drive away, according to the indictment. He and another driver followed the Subaru and tried to block it from escaping further.
Then, Simmons got out of his truck and shot at the Subaru, according to the indictment. Simmons later called 911 and told dispatch that he fired at the car.
The other driver blocking in the Subaru and a video taken by a witness confirmed that Simmons shot at the vehicle, according to the indictment.
When law enforcement arrived, they placed Simmons under arrest. While in custody, he told police he had shot at the man because he “was trying to help other people from being run over,” according to the document.
One witness told law enforcement she hadn't seen the Subaru “make any movements like it was about to run over anyone,” according the indictment.
The video taken by a nearby driver shows Simmons firing multiple shots at the white Subaru. Other cars can also be seen entering the highway from Quebec Street.
“These vehicles and their occupants were in the immediate vicinity of Simmons' shots and subject to potential harm if struck by a stray round,” according to the indictment.
A tip from a Jefferson County Sheriff's Office deputy led police to begin investigating Anas Giornazi, 31, who typically drives a white Subaru, for the hit-and-run. Since May 3, he had switched cars, according to the tipster.
Investigators were led to Giornazi's home in Aurora, where they saw a white, Subaru-sized vehicle under a tarp. A search warrant for the vehicle revealed the car fit the description and license plate reported. It also had extensive damage, including a bullet hole, filled in and painted over, and a missing tire.
When testifying in front of a grand jury, Giornazi had an explanation for everything, according to the document.
The car had the bullet hole when he bought it, he said, and he had loaned his car to a friend the day of the incident.
His car was under the tarp because "it's a known vehicle that gets stolen,” he said, according to the indictment.
When investigators reached out to the previous owner of Giornazi's Subaru, he testified that the bullet holes had not been there when he sold it to the man. Giornazi was never able to provide any evidence that “Manu,” the man he said he loaned his car to, existed, according to the indictment.
Giornazi was indicted on charges of perjury, leaving the scene of an accident and careless driving. He was arrested Feb. 7 and does not yet have a court date.
Simmons will appear in court Feb. 28.
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