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Man with history of Aspen arrests goes back to jail

A homeless man with a history of arrests in Aspen returned to the Pitkin County Jail after police responded to a report of a disturbance Tuesday night at the Aspen Square Hotel.

Edward J. Dugan III, 47, faces a felony charge of criminal trespassing and a misdemeanor charge of criminal mischief. The charges relate to a June 6 incident at the same hotel, not Tuesday night’s call.

Aspen policeman Adam Loudon, in his statement in support of an arrest warrant earlier this month, said he went to the East Cooper Avenue hotel around 11:30 p.m. on June 6 after emergency dispatchers aired a report of a burglary call from one of the rooms.

“Dispatch aired that the window was broken but nothing appeared to be missing,” Loudon wrote. “The window on the northeast corner of the unit was off the track but not broken.”

Loudon soon met with the room’s two occupants, he said, and found a broken lamp on the floor, a broken piece of glass on the nightstand and a small backpack on the ground. One of the occupants pointed to the tan backpack and also a tan hat and said the items did not belong to them, Loudon said.

Inside the backpack, Loudon found a Pitkin County Court form used to petition the court to seal arrest and criminal records.

“The named defendant on the paperwork was Edward J. Dugan III. I know Dugan from previous law enforcement contacts and had seen him earlier that morning in (another) building,” Loudon wrote.

The Aspen policeman recalled a previous trespassing incident involving Dugan from February 2012. He then spoke with officer Jeff Fain, who said he had seen Dugan earlier with the same hat and backpack that Loudon took into evidence from the hotel room.

District Judge Gail Nichols signed the arrest warrant on June 17. When Dugan returned to the hotel Tuesday night, police were alerted, and he was arrested. District Court files on Wednesday did not contain information about Dugan’s reasons for returning to the property.

Aspen police also arrested Dugan on Feb. 22, 2012, on suspicion of entering someone’s apartment, where someone allegedly saw him watching pornography on a computer. He was arrested on suspicion of criminal trespassing, a felony, and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.

The disorderly conduct offense stemmed from Dugan’s alleged behavior at Justice Snow’s bar and restaurant earlier that night. Police received a complaint that he was swearing and yelling inside the establishment.

About 25 minutes after the Justice Snow’s call, police fielded a complaint from the resident of an East Hyman Avenue apartment, who said he “came home to find Dugan sitting in front his laptop computer with all the lights turned off ... watching pornography on the computer,” according to a written statement from Aspen police officer Chance Williams.

The tenant then lured Dugan onto the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall, where police were waiting, Williams’ statement said.

During his advisement hearing the next day, the assistant district attorney at the time, Arnold Mordkin, noted that Dugan had a history of trespassing and disorderly conduct offenses dating back to 1996.

Dugan pleaded guilty the following month to felony criminal trespassing and was given a one-year deferred judgment by Nichols. In court, he said he planned to return to his home state of Delaware to receive help for his substance-abuse problems.

Dugan was arrested in Aspen at least four times in 2011 on various charges, including trespassing and disorderly conduct.

As for his most recent arrest, Dugan still was being held in the Pitkin County Jail late Wednesday afternoon with bond set at $2,500.

andre@aspentimes.com


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