Bond is set at $250,000 for Aspen sexual assault suspect
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colorado
ASPEN ” A judge set a $250,000 bond Tuesday for a Carbondale man accused of five felonies in connection with the alleged sexual assault and kidnapping of a woman at the Centennial apartments in Aspen.
Emanuel Gonzalez-Loujun, 21, faces up to life in prison if convicted of all counts. He made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon before Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely in Pitkin County Court. He did not have a lawyer, and suggested during the hearing that he is trying to obtain a public defender.
Gonzalez-Loujun is set to next appear in court Feb. 2.
The most egregious offense, as detailed by the judge, is the sexual assault count, which carries a sentence of 16 years to life in prison. A kidnapping count carries a sentence of 16 to 48 years in prison.
Gonzalez-Loujun also stands accused of cocaine distribution and possession of more than 1 gram, second-degree assault of a police officer and resisting arrest. He was allegedly in possession of more than 15 grams of cocaine, authorities said. The resisting arrest count is a misdemeanor.
“This is a very, very serious matter,” said Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin in asking for bond to be set at $250,000.
The judge agreed. She also attached a number of bond conditions, including a protective order that forbids Gonzalez-Loujun from contacting the victim or potential witnesses in the case.
Before she discussed those names the judge ordered the courtroom cleared of all media and the general public.
Mordkin said the move was necessary to protect the victim and potential witnesses. A representative from a local newspaper registered a verbal protest before vacating the court.
Gonzalez-Loujun was arrested about 2:30 a.m. Saturday at the Centennial Apartments in Aspen after police received a 911 call from a witness.
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