Aspen man sentenced for Glenwood theft |

Aspen man sentenced for Glenwood theft

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” An Aspen man pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of theft Thursday after the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office decided not to file felony charges against him in connection with a robbery at a Glenwood Springs restaurant.

He received six months in jail.

Jesse Coleman, 24, was one of two men arrested on suspicion of a March 6 robbery of BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q, near the main Glenwood Springs intersection with Interstate 70.

On March 9, Coleman was advised on arrest charges of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, but those charges were never filed by the district attorney’s office, according to Andrea Aswad, deputy DA in Garfield County.

Aswad said Coleman was formally charged with misdemeanor theft on March 18, after the DA’s office determined he “was not present or active in the robbery.” The theft charge stems from an incident at the West Glenwood Tomahawk Truck Stop on the night of the robbery. Coleman was charged for stealing property valued at less than $500, Aswad said.

The other accomplice suspected in the BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q robbery, Justin Brink, 26, of El Jebel, was charged March 18 with robbery, aggravated robbery, felony menacing, possession of a real or simulated weapon, and one count of theft. His arraignment hearing is scheduled April 9.

Glenwood Police arrested the two men at a downtown Glenwood bus stop on March 6.

According to BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q owner Janet Balcomb, the two men entered the restaurant at about 5:30 p.m. that day and placed a to-go order for food.

She said that they returned a little while later and placed another larger order. While they were waiting for the food, Balcomb said Brink passed her a note indicating he had a gun and directing her to put all the money in the register on the table.

She said she handed Brink between $500 and $600; he then walked out of the establishment and ran off.

According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, police found multiple knives on both suspects and recovered an air-powered pistol at the time of the arrest.

Coleman requested to be transferred to the Pitkin County jail from Garfield County to serve his sentence. Court records show Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger agreed to that condition if an agreement is reached between the jails.

Coleman was also arrested in May 2008 in Pitkin County for allegedly assaulting a man he accused of cheating at cards. In July 2008 he was arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

While in custody, Brink was also arrested for allegedly holding up an Aspen taxi driver at knifepoint on Feb. 21.

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