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After lost night, two Snowmass men claim they were ‘roofied’

SNOWMASS VILLAGE – Two more locals have come forward claiming they were “roofied,” which has prompted police to investigate the alleged drugging.

Snowmass Village’s Mike Pruess said he and his roommate, Tim Kopp, were drugged on Jan. 2. Neither Pruess nor Kopp have any recollection of the night – after they both did a vodka shot at around 6:30 p.m. at a party at the Viceroy hotel.

Pruess said he woke up the next day in a detox facility in Glenwood Springs and now has $3,000 in medical bills. Kopp was told by friends that he went to the film, “Avatar,” in Aspen that evening and was then brought home – yet he remembers nothing.

Pruess said he and Kopp started drinking in the late afternoon and had about five or six drinks.

“We were mildly intoxicated,” he said. “Ten minutes after taking the shot, we don’t remember anything.”

Pruess was apparently found passed out at a bus stop between 9 or 10 p.m. Authorities were called and he was taken to detox.

“I woke up the next day in detox and took a bus home,” he said, adding that when he returned to his Mountain View apartment, he asked Kopp what happened but the two couldn’t remember a thing about the evening.

“I was planning on staying up and having a good time that night,” Pruess said. “We were completely dumbstruck.”

Kopp said he and Pruess were supposed to meet friends at the Isis Theater in Aspen for the “Avatar” showing at 7:45 p.m. But the two separated at some point. Kopp was able to get on a bus and get to the theater. He bought his ticket at 8:20 p.m., according to his receipt. Apparently he sat in the front row of the theater by himself and watched what was left of the movie with his shoes, hat and jacket off, according to his friends who were in the theater and observed him.

They took him home directly after the film.

“They took me out of the theater and I guess I was shouting at people and could barely stand up,” Kopp said, adding that according to his cell phone, he spoke with friends a few times before the movie began and that he was “speaking gibberish” to them.

“Then I woke up in my own bed and said ‘how did I get here?'” Kopp said, adding his body was full of bruises.

The next day, Pruess and Kopp reported the incident to the Snowmass Village Police Department. Sgt. Brian Olson said he is investigating the incident but has no strong leads or proof that the two men were drugged.

Olson said he has viewed security tapes from the Viceroy, which recorded hundreds of people milling about at the party. He said he also plans to get information from the detox facility on Pruess’ blood alcohol level.

“I don’t have any leads nor do I have any confirmation of what they are saying,” Olson said, adding traces of the date rape drug, THB, or Rufinol, commonly referred to as a “roofie,” go out of the blood stream within hours.

“It’s pretty hard to take that leap” that they were drugged, Olson said, adding if more incidents occur and a suspect is identified, the security tape might help with face recognition but at this point, the investigation is at a dead end.

“I took the report but there’s no where to go with it,” Olson said.

Kopp said he and Pruess want to view the security tape to see if anything will jog their memories.

“We are just trying to answer our own questions,” Kopp said.

Kopp said he remembers having some mixed drinks that were served to him by a friend who is a bartender at the Viceroy. At last count, he remembers drinking five drinks.

“I’m 24. I went to college and I know my limit and it’s no where near five,” he said. “It’s really bothering.”

The two men weren’t sure of themselves or what had occurred but after reading about two other possible “roofie” incidents in The Aspen Times on Jan. 11, they didn’t feel as alone, Pruess said.

“Finally, people believe us,” he said.

Pitkin County Sheriffs and the Aspen Police Department are investigating two separate incidents that occurred Dec. 18. The two alleged victims have no recollection of what happened to them over several hours.

One of the victims, Theresa Miller, ended up in police custody after she crashed her car, fled the scene and was found about four hours later hiding in a garage with severe frostbite to her hands as a result of roaming around in sub-zero temperatures.

The other individual, who asked to remain anonymous, had been with friends drinking, and the next thing he knew he woke up in a utility closet at the Marolt Open Space about nine hours later.

All of the incidents have local law enforcement authorities warning people to be aware of predatory behavior at bars and restaurants, and to watch their drinks closely.

“Our guard is up,” Olson said.

Pruess, who moved to Snowmass Village from Seattle a week before the incident, said the entire experience has made him want to leave the valley.

“I’m absolutely distraught and scared,” he said. “It’s so unbelievably wrong.”

csack@aspentimes.com


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