Man arrested after Basalt aid effort allegedly goes bad
Basalt police officers arrested a man Thursday night after he assisted a woman in distress and allegedly touched her inappropriately.
Luis Alberto Santiago-Narvaez, 34, whose address was unavailable, was arrested on suspicion of false imprisonment, second-degree burglary and unlawful sexual conduct after a police investigation into an incident, according to Sgt. Aaron Munch.
A female housekeeper working at a home in the Southside neighborhood of Basalt was asked by the homeowner to clean some outside windows, Munch said. The housekeeper was alone at the house when she went onto a second-floor balcony to clean windows. A door closed behind her and she was locked outside without her cellphone, according to the police report.
“She was out there a number of hours,” Munch said.
The woman was working at a house on a side street with little traffic. Eventually, she got the attention of a man who arrived at a construction site at a house next door, according to Munch. The woman explained her predicament to the man, and she asked him to come inside to unlock the door, Munch said.
Once he came to her aid, he allegedly began to touch the woman inappropriately, Munch said. The housekeeper later reported to police that she pushed the man away and asked him to leave. She was able to move him downstairs, but when they got to the front door he allegedly began touching her again in an inappropriate way, according to Munch.
The woman told the man she was married and that seemed to end his advances, she reported to police. The housekeeper was able to push the man out the door, and she locked it behind her. The housekeeper reported the incident to the homeowner, who called 911, according to Munch.
Officers responded to the residence, but the construction worker had left the area, Munch said. Basalt officers contacted the adjacent homeowner, and with that person’s help they got in touch with the contractor and subcontractors on the job. They were able to establish that Santiago-Narvaez was at the site, Munch said, and the woman identified him as the suspect from photos supplied by the subcontractor of his workers. Officers first contacted Santiago-Narvaez by phone and later questioned him about the incident before arresting him at around 11:30 p.m., Munch said. The man acknowledged being at the house, according to Munch.
The alleged incident was in Pitkin County, so Santiago-Narvaez was booked into the Pitkin County Jail. Unlawful sexual contact is a misdemeanor. Second-degree burglary and false imprisonment are felonies. Munch said the officers felt the second-degree burglary charge applied in the case because Santiago-Narvaez allegedly committed a crime in the house even though he had lawfully entered. Second-degree burglary doesn’t require forced entry, he said.
Santiago-Narvaez was released Friday after posting a $6,000 bond for the three arrest charges, according to a jail spokesman.
Munch said the housekeeper was not physically injured in the incident.
Indicted Mesa County Clerk and Recorder Tina Peters turned herself in to Pitkin County law enforcement authorities on Thursday after an arrest warrant had been issued.
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