Cell phone pings, a stolen debit card and a stolen vehicle eventually led authorities to arrest suspect Andrew Condon in connection to the killing of 23-year-old Aurora woman LeBrea Jackson, an arrest affidavit shows.
The document revealed that police had responded to previous domestic violence calls involving the pair in which Condon allegedly strangled Jackson.
Jackson’s body was discovered bound and stuffed in a storage container on Jan. 6 at a closed truck stop at exit 34 on Interstate 25 in Las Animas County. An autopsy determined Jackson likely died of strangulation, according to Condon’s arrest affidavit, which was signed Jan. 25.
Jackson is believed to have been strangled Jackson to death on or between Dec. 21 and Dec. 24 in her apartment on 12700 block of East Missippi Avenue in Aurora. Aurora police announced Condon’s arrest on Tuesday.
The young woman was first reported missing by her adoptive mother on Dec. 26. The mother told police that Jackson had texted her on Dec. 23 saying she was picking up her then-boyfriend Condon and would be arriving to her parents’ home in Westcliffe that evening, but she never came, according to the arrest documents. Jackson was last seen alive on Dec. 21.
On Dec. 24, Condon was stopped by a Texas Highway Patrol officer while driving a silver Toyota Rav-4, according to arrest documents. That Toyota later was determined to be Jackson’s. The trooper issued Condon a citation for drug paraphernalia possession and released him, the documents stated.
But Condon was stopped again later that day, this time by an officer from the Alvarado Police Department in Texas and this time was taken into custody on multiple charges.
Condon provided police with a stolen Colorado identification card, the affidavit said. Police also found Jackson’s cell phone and other property during a search.
Colorado authorities worked with Texas police to retrieve Jackson’s belongings and to conduct a vehicle search and to view surveillance footage from businesses that Condon had visited.
Cell phone data showed a ping on Dec. 23 from a tower near the location where Jackson’s body was found and then pings traveling south through Colorado into New Mexico and then Texas, the documents stated.
Police talked to Condon’s and Jackson’s families. They described an on-again off-again relationship between the two, and Jackson’s family alleged that Condon had abused Jackson. Her biological brother told police he had gone to Jackson’s apartment on Dec. 20 to make Condon leave saying Condon had “put his hands on her again, and took her money,” according to the affidavit. On Dec. 21, he said his sister texted him to thank him for his help.
After finding the human remains, police showed photos to Condon who would only tell police “not guilty” and that he wanted to speak to a lawyer first, the affidavit said. But he also looked at them closely and appeared to become emotional, police said.
“Your affiant informs the Court, that Andrew Condon has a history of violence against women, confirmed through Colorado Courts, Texas Courts, Colorado Springs Police Department, and the Aurora Police Department,” the affidavit said. “Andrew Condon was an identified suspect in two previous assaults (stangulations) with Lebrea Jackson as the identified victim.”
In two prior domestic violence cases involving Condon and Jackson, she told police that Condon had strangled her, the document stated.
In November, Jackson gave police an alias for Condon, the same one he used when he was first stopped by authorities in Texas, according to the report. She had told police she was scared of Condon.
Condon also faced domestic violence charges against his ex-girlfriend and the mother of his son, the report stated, as well as had arrest warrants on allegations of violent crimes and escape out of El Paso County Department of Corrections.
“Andrew Condon had/has a propensity for physical violence according to his arrest record and a significant history with lying to law enforcement about his identity,” the affidavit stated.