Man arrested on investigation of second-degree murder after death at Denver home for intellectually disabled

Police on Saturday arrested a 39-year-old man on investigation of second-degree murder after a man was found dead in a home for intellectually disabled individuals in southwest Denver.

Around 2 p.m. Saturday, police received a 911 call about an injured person in the 3200 block of South Utica Street, according to a Denver police probable cause statement.

Police learned from a witness, whose name is redacted in the statement, that the home belongs to Benjamin Garbooshian, who receives government funds to host individuals with intellectual development disabilities to stay there and receive care.

On Saturday, the victim, whose name has not been released, was agitated, the witness told police, and placed a bean bag chair at the top of the stairs leading to the basement.

Garbooshian started talking to the victim, before he allegedly pushed the bean bag chair that was in the victim’s hands, police said.

The man flew backward from the push, hitting his head on a couch and then again on the living room floor, authorities said.

The victim died later Saturday from his injuries, and police arrested Garbooshian in connection with the death.

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