Aspen Village man allegedly steals neighbors’ truck, trashes home
A Pitkin County man was transferred to a mental-health facility in Grand Junction on Monday after his alleged weekend transgressions that included vehicle theft, trespassing and trashing his neighbor’s home.
Sheriff’s deputies arrested the 58-year-old Aspen Village resident Saturday, at which time he was placed in Pitkin County Jail on a $22,000 bond. Authorities later placed a mental-health hold on the man, who could spend up to 72 hours at the Grand Junction facility before he is returned to the custody of the Pitkin County Jail.
The arrest came after deputies were alerted at 12:31 p.m. Saturday about a trespassing incident at Aspen Village where a home had been ransacked. Liquor bottles had been emptied, honey and oil was poured over the kitchen counter, electrical wires and files were spread over a coffee table and trash had been emptied, according to an affidavit by Deputy Josh Bennett. Additionally, a truck from the residence had been removed and parked at a nearby residence where the suspect lives, the affidavit says.
The man allegedly trashed the home and took the truck Friday. When the neighbor confronted the man, he said he was a prophet and he entered the home “because he needed to know who he was,” the affidavit says.
On Saturday, the man again entered the residence and was confronted by a 16-year-old boy who told him to leave. He eventually did, “closing his eyes and mumbling something” the boy couldn’t understand, Bennett reported.
Bennett contacted the man on the street in front of his home, and he admitted to taking the truck and entering the home Friday and Saturday. Later that day, deputies arrested the man at his residence without incident, the affidavit says.
The man faces four felony charges: second-degree burglary, robbery, first-degree criminal trespass and aggravated motor-vehicle theft. He also faces misdemeanors of criminal trespassing and harassment.
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The alleged attack Tuesday on a woman walking alone in Aspen’s East End by a man she didn’t know is rare in this small mountain town, and police are acting accordingly.