Charges filed in Carbondale menacing case
December 22, 2010
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Formal charges have been filed against James Patrick Hageland, an Aspen man accused of breaking into a Carbondale home the night of Dec. 12 and allegedly threatening his ex-girlfriend and several other people with a gun.
Those inside escaped or were let go before Hageland barricaded himself inside for several hours.
At a Wednesday hearing in Garfield County District Court, Hageland, 42, of Aspen, was formally charged with 10 counts, including felony menacing, burglary, trespassing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender.
Hageland remains in the Garfield County Jail on $500,000 bond, an amount set at his advisement hearing Dec. 16 after the main victim testified that she views Hageland to be a serious threat. Hageland was initially arrested on $17,500 bond.
At Wednesday’s court hearing, Hageland said through his public defender that he wants the bond amount reviewed. The matter will be considered at his next court date, on Jan. 6.
“There were some frightening things that occurred in this case, as the victim testified at a very emotional advisement hearing,” Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey said.
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Hageland was taken into custody early the morning of Dec. 13 after the several-hour standoff with police, who finally talked him out of the house.
According to court records, around 10 p.m. Dec. 12 Hageland entered the house in the Cleveland Place subdivision carrying a handgun. He allegedly pointed the gun at several people who were inside and threatened to kill them, including his ex-girlfriend.
After allowing three of the people to leave unharmed, he allegedly pointed the gun at his ex-girlfriend’s head and threatened to kill her. She was able to escape on her own when police arrived.
Hageland retreated upstairs, where two other people were hiding, according to records. They also were eventually allowed to leave unharmed, but Hageland remained inside, still in possession of the gun, before surrendering the next morning.