BASALT - A Garfield County man was arrested Thursday night after an alleged burglary of a home on Riverside Drive in Basalt turned into an armed robbery, according to Basalt police.
Glenwood Springs police officers took Michael Hawkins into custody Thursday evening, according to Basalt Sgt. Stu Curry. Hawkins' age wasn't immediately available, nor was the charge or charges against him. Curry said police couldn't release much information about the incident because they are seeking a second suspect.
Curry alleged that Hawkins and another suspect were burglarizing the home around noon Wednesday. Authorities have reason to believe the suspects thought the home was unoccupied, Curry said. But the occupant, a woman in her 70s, was in the shower at the time of the robbery, according to Curry. She came out of the shower, and one of the suspects pulled out a handgun, turning the incident into armed robbery, Curry said.
The woman was uninjured. The perpetrators took several items and left, according to police. They allegedly told the woman that they would come back and kill her if she contacted police, Curry said.
Police obtained information about the identity of a suspect or suspects within an hour and were able to come up with an identification, Curry said. Authorities obtained a search warrant and information that led to the arrest of one suspect Thursday night. Curry said more information will be available after the apprehension of the second suspect.