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Beating suspects to return to Pitco

Chad Abraham

The teen suspects who allegedly tried to kill a young runaway with a golf club on Independence Pass waived their challenge to extradition in a Virginia courtroom Monday.Jaime Castro, 17, of Aspen, and Cinthia Romero, 16, of Bakersfield, Calif., will return to Pitkin County to face charges of first-degree attempted homicide and assault with a deadly weapon. When they will be escorted back is not being released, said Joe DiSalvo, the sheriff’s office chief of investigations.Castro and Romero are accused of beating a 14-year-old girl who apparently ran away from Bakersfield with Romero. The nighttime attack on Oct. 9 left the girl with two skull fractures and numerous contusions. The victim, who was found by a passing motorist, was airlifted to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, where she spent more than two weeks.The girl told police the suspects attacked her because she wanted to return to California and threatened to turn them in, according to an arrest warrant. Romero “did not want to be separated from” Castro, whom she had met over the Internet, the warrant says.The suspects allegedly fled east by bus and were arrested in Newport News, Va., on Dec. 22. Castro and Romero were apparently living together and were turned in by a roommate. They have been held in a juvenile facility in nearby Hampton, Va., on $100,000 bond each.Working with Pitkin County investigators, Hampton police tracked down where the couple was living, said Cpl. James West, a spokesman for the Hampton Police Division.”We attempted to find them at an address that was provided to us,” West said. “We were unable to [find them there], but based on some information we gathered in our search for them, we did locate them walking down one of our streets.”He said numerous officers surrounded the suspects, who surrendered without incident. “They really had nowhere to go,” West said.Pitkin County investigators will next travel to Virginia to pick up the suspects, who will be charged as adults.”There really shouldn’t be any issues,” West said of extradition. “It’ll be as soon as Colorado [authorities] pick them up.”Chad Abraham’s e-mail address is chad@aspentimes.com


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