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Second suspect arrested in theft from Denver’s Martin Luther King Jr. memorial

A 67-year-old man accused of stealing sections of the Martin Luther King Jr. “I Have a Dream” memorial in Denver’s City Park has been arrested, according to city jail records.

Herman Duran was arrested on suspicion of theft and criminal mischief on March 10 and is in custody at the Downtown Detention Center on a $5,000 bail, according to the city’s jail log.

Duran was identified as a suspect after three bronze pieces of the memorial were stolen on Feb. 18.

A second suspect in the case, 47-year-old Robert Duran, was also wanted in the case but turned himself into police on Feb. 29 and was arrested on suspicion of criminal mischief.

The theft was reported on Feb. 21 by parks maintenance workers, who discovered a bronze panel, torch and angel were removed from the memorial.

The pieces were recovered, along with stolen bronze pieces from the Joseph Addison Thatcher memorial fountain, after they were sold as scrap metal to a local business, according to the Denver Police Department.

All of the recovered pieces were returned to Denver Arts & Venues, which manages the monuments.

Updated at 12:49 p.m. Friday, March 22, 2024: This article was updated to correct the last name of Herman Duran.

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