Aspen Pot shop robber faces decades in prison, held on $100,000 cash bond
The 21-year-old Aspen man charged with robbing a local marijuana dispensary last month is back in town and facing decades in prison for his crime spree.
Hayden May appeared in District Court in Aspen on Tuesday, where District Judge Gail Nichols ordered him held on a $100,000 cash or surety bond.
By far the most serious charge against him is aggravated robbery of a controlled substance while armed with a deadly weapon. If he’s convicted of that count, he faces a minimum prison term of 16 years and a maximum of 48 years, Nichols said.
May also is charged with felony theft, which mandates a prison term of one-to-three years upon conviction, as well as a harassment charge, which calls for a term of as long as six months. He also will face a charge of aggravated motor vehicle theft, said prosecutor Andrea Bryan.
May robbed Stash marijuana dispensary, 710 E. Durant Ave., on July 28 while armed with a hammer, police have said. He told employees there, who also were his friends, that he was desperate before walking behind the counter and stealing several large jars of marijuana.
After fleeing the store, May stole a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe from a former employer in Aspen’s East End and apparently headed east on Interstate 70. Police in St. Louis attempted to pull him over the next day west of St. Louis, but he refused to stop and led them on a high-speed chase that reached speeds of 100 mph.
May didn’t stop until he crashed head-on into a police car, injuring the officer inside, then hit a utility pole, according to St. Louis police.
In St. Louis, he was charged with felony assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon, felony resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance, said Ed Magee of the St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office. May was released to the custody of Aspen police officers Aug. 9, Magee said, and will have to be brought back later to face the St. Louis charges.
In Aspen on Tuesday, Judge Nichols also enacted a protection order mandating no contact with the two Stash employees he allegedly robbed.
Bryan told the judge that May might have stolen a firearm — he’s a suspect in the theft of a .45-caliber handgun from a car parked in Snowmass Village — and that he is a danger to the community and a flight risk.
The gun was not recovered from the vehicle May stole and has not yet been found in the Aspen area.
May also has a previous criminal record that includes charges of theft, obstruction of justice and criminal mischief from 2013, though it was unclear Tuesday where those charges originated.
May declined to speak in court Tuesday. He is expected back in court Monday.
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