Bond reduced for man accused of punching Aspen police officer |

Bond reduced for man accused of punching Aspen police officer

ASPEN – A district judge Monday lowered bond to $3,000 for a San Diego man suspected of hitting an Aspen police officer last week.

Gerardo Borja, 26, has been incarcerated at Pitkin County Jail on $5,000 bond since early Thursday morning after he allegedly punched Aspen Police Officer Nick Farrell at the Regal bar. Prosecutor Andrea Bryan said Farrell probably will lose a tooth because of the incident.

“His tooth is likely to fall out very soon,” she told Pitkin County District Judge Gail Nichols.

Bryan expressed concern that if Borja’s bond were lowered to $1,000, the amount requested by public defender Lauren Koenig, he could possibly flee to Belgium because he has lived there before. Koenig said his worker visa has expired and he does not have the means or the money to go there. She also said Borja has “no criminal history whatsoever.”

Borja faces a charge of assault on a police officer, which carries a mandatory sentence of five to 16 years. He also faces three misdemeanor offenses – third-degree assault, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

“I think he understands the significance of the charge because he looked very scared (at Thursday’s advisement hearing),” Nichols said.

If Borja posts bond, Nichols said he is prohibited from drinking alcohol.

Borja, according to police reports, had been celebrating his birthday the night he got in trouble. He also allegedly told police that he did not realize he had struck a police officer.

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