Carbondale cops to address recent juvenile assault tonight
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE ” A range of issues, including an overview of police department policies and procedures related to the arrest of several juveniles after a recent assault incident, are on the table for a Carbondale Town Council work session Tuesday with police.
Seven juveniles were charged with felony assault and theft following a Jan. 29 incident in which three teenage girls allegedly attacked and beat two women who were walking along Second Street. The suspects allegedly stole a purse and escaped in a vehicle occupied by four juvenile male suspects.
The suspects were located a short time later in the City Market parking lot. They were issued citations and turned over to their parents.
That’s in accordance with the police department’s procedures regarding juvenile arrests, which are based on recommendations from a task force made up of judges and law enforcement officials, Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling said. However, if police believe a juvenile suspect should be housed in a detention facility, there is a process involving the courts for that to happen, he said.
Following a court hearing last week, two of the suspects were placed in detention, while the others were put on home detention with electronic monitoring.
Also on the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting will be a discussion about reinstating the school resource officer program in Carbondale schools.
Schilling also has some concerns about over-serving of alcohol at local bars, which seems to have increased with the economic downturn, he said.
The work session begins at 6:30 p.m. at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.
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