Arrest warrant issued for downtown Aspen wanderer
ASPEN – A judge issued a warrant for the arrest of a local man who Aspen police say has repeatedly ignored their efforts to keep him off the streets.
Ryan Olsen, 35, was a no-show for his scheduled Wednesday appearance at Aspen Municipal Court, where he was to face three separate violations connected to various disturbances in downtown Aspen over the last month.
City Judge Ted Gardenswartz, filling in for Brooke Peterson, issued a bench warrant, with a $100 cash-only bond, for the arrest of Olsen.
“He’s normally good about making appointments but apparently that doesn’t apply today,” said David Thompson, an Aspen Police officer who has aided Olsen since the transient began regularly visiting Aspen last summer. Olsen currently lives in Glenwood Springs.
City prosecutor Jim True said the warrant should get Olsen’s attention.
“He’s going to be an issue throughout the summer, so we might as well address it immediately,” True said.
The warrant comes after Olsen was given a six-month deferred judgment last August by Peterson as part of a guilty plea to trespassing. Peterson also ordered Olsen to stay out of the bus- and general-traffic lanes on Main Street.
“We don’t need our police department spending an inordinate amount of time on you,” Peterson told Olsen at the time.
Over the last month or two, Olsen has been seen wandering the downtown sidewalks, including Main Street. And nearly two weeks ago, he had a string of run-ins with the law, the first coming at approximately 6 p.m. on May 12 at Peach’s Corner Cafe on South Galena Street.
According to a police report, the manager at Peach’s called police to complain that Olsen was disturbing other customers and had demanded that the Peach’s staff give him something to eat. When the manager told Olsen to wait, he became upset and cursed at the staff and customers, the manager told police.
Olsen, however, told police that he had been verbally assaulted by the management and simply wanted a croissant. Whatever the case, police told Olsen he was no longer welcome at Peach’s. Olsen said he understood, and police did not pursue the matter further or file charges.
But the next evening, at approximately 7:30 p.m. on May 13, officers cited him for failure to obey a traffic-control device and resisting arrest, after they spotted him standing in the middle of the intersection of Mill Street and East Hopkins Avenue, near the Wells Fargo Bank building.
Officer Jeff Fain reported that he told Olsen to get out the street.
“Olsen looked up at us, and started to argue while motioning at the Frisbee on the street,” Fain wrote.
Officer Adam Loudon then got out of the patrol car in which Fain was riding and threw the Frisbee into a street gutter, the report states. The dismissal of the Frisbee apparently upset Olsen, who allegedly yelled “f–king God damn,” according to the report.
“There were two young girls standing directly across the street from where Olsen had yelled the profanity,” Fain wrote. “Loudon turned around and activated the overhead lights. Loudon and I contacted Olsen and asked him not to use foul language in public, especially when children are present.”
Olsen then became argumentative with the officers and continued to cuss, the report says.
“As Olsen has thus far refused to comply with my request to stop using foul language in public, had used said language with myself and Loudon on three occasions, was beginning to get very agitated, and had refused to obey lawful orders to stay out of the street, I made the decision to charge him with interfering and failure to obey a traffic-control device,” Fain wrote.
After Olsen was arrested, he refused to get in the patrol-vehicle seat and argued with Fain, prompting the officer to site him for resisting arrest.
Less than four hours later, Olsen was cited for trespassing after officers found him sleeping in the common area of Ullr Commons on West Main Street.
And on May 14, police saw Olsen standing in the same location – Hopkins and Mill – where he was arrested a day earlier. Officer Rob Fabrocini said that he told Olsen to get out of the street and move to the sidewalk. Olsen complied, then began talking about the Frisbee from the day earlier. Fabrocini threw it to him, a police report states.
As Fabrocini drove away, he heard Olsen yell “f–k” in front of two girls believed to be 8 years old. Fabrocini then returned to talk to Olsen about his language, which Olsen denied using. When Fain, who was with Fabrocini, discussed the matter with Olsen, he began yelling, the report states.
“Officer Fain at that point decided to place Olsen under arrest for interfering with a police officer,” according to the report. He was taken to Pitkin County Jail and later released.
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