Aspen man keeps finding trouble
Marvin Luna-Lovo is not just a repeat offender, he’s a repeat-repeat offender.
The 26-year-old Aspen man, who was arrested twice for DUI in a three-hour period in the fall, has now been arrested twice in less than two months for allegedly stealing a car left idling in cold weather, according to a police report.
“This is the identical offense as before,” Aspen prosecutor Andrea Bryan said Friday at Luna-Lovo’s district court advisement.
The latest incident occurred at about 6 p.m. Thursday at the Intercept Lot at Brush Creek Road and Highway 82. A 59-year-old woman and her 62-year-old husband left a Jeep Grand Cherokee running while they attempted to figure out why another vehicle of theirs would not start, a police report states.
At one point, the woman “was cold, and stepped away from the Jeep to put a scarf on,” according to the report.
“When (she) turned around, a man later identified as Marvin Luna-Lovo … was in the driver’s seat and was driving away,” the report states. “(The woman) immediately screamed, ‘Someone is trying to steal my car.’”
Her husband “ran after the car, opened the passenger door and screamed, ‘This is my car,’” according to the report. “Luna Lovo peeled away from (the man).”
The Jeep headed west on Highway 82 as the man informed a security guard and a Colorado state patrolman, who were at the lot, what happened. The license plate and vehicle description was relayed downvalley, and several area law enforcement agencies assisted in stopping the Jeep, the report states.
On Dec. 2, Luna-Lovo allegedly did roughly the same thing.
At that time, an employee at Zane’s Tavern called police early in the morning and reported that someone stole his 1997 Chevrolet Blazer, which he’d left running outside the bar. The truck was found the next afternoon parked on West Hopkins Avenue near the Jewish Community Center.
A video-surveillance camera at the Jewish Community Center caught a man later identified by the Blazer owner as Luna-Lovo parking the vehicle nearby and placing the vehicle keys near the rear door of the community center and walking away. The Blazer owner not only recognized Luna-Lovo as a regular at Zane’s, he also recognized him as the man popped twice for DUI in late fall.
The first of those arrests occurred at about 10 p.m. Oct. 30 in the 400 block of South Garmisch Street. Luna-Lovo allegedly admitted to drinking one shot and smoking marijuana, and though his blood-alcohol content was only .02, he was taken to jail for driving while intoxicated.
He was released from the Pitkin County Jail at about 12:19 a.m. Oct. 31 to a sober friend. However, he was pulled over about half an hour later after an officer saw him driving erratically. He “appeared disoriented” when he was pulled over, failed roadside sobriety tests and was taken back to jail.
On Friday, Bryan said urinalysis results from Luna-Lovo’s DUI arrests showed the presence of cocaine and methamphetamine. She also said he has previously been the subject of deportation proceedings to El Salvador.
Bryan asked for a high bond because Luna-Lovo appears to be a flight risk and a danger to the community.
District Judge Chris Seldin agreed and ordered Luna-Lovo held in lieu of a $10,000 cash or surety bond.
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