DA files charges in crime spree today
Seven of the eight Aspen men arrested on charges related to a well-publicized summer crime spree will learn today just how solid the cases the district attorney believes he has against them are.Formal charges will be filed in District Court for the Aug. 5 armed robbery of Clark’s Market, the Aug. 19 armed robbery of Snowmass Village Market and the Sept. 20 burglary of a Twining Flats home.Eight men between ages 17 and 20 are suspects in at least one of the crimes. Three of them were arrested on charges related to both the Clark’s robbery and home burglary.Deputy District Attorney Lawson Wills said Friday the charges the men were arrested for and advised of in earlier court proceedings won’t necessarily be what they are formally charged with today.Wills said today’s formal charges will represent his office’s first comprehensive look at the cases. Since more information may have been learned about the crimes and the suspects’ alleged involvement, charges may be added, dropped or altered, he said. Sets stage for plea bargains Once the formal charges are filed, plea bargain negotiations will likely start in earnest with at least some of the defendants’ attorneys.Four of the eight suspects have hired some of the most successful criminal defense attorneys in Denver. Two of those attorneys sketched their strategy last week.Bob McAllister, representing 18-year-old Anthony Rizzuto, said his client has been implicated in the home burglary only by statements from other suspects. He said Rizzuto’s exact role remains vague and he questioned whether there is physical evidence.The attorney for 17-year-old Stefan Schutter went a step further recently in questioning the case against his client. Robinson said suspects in the Clark’s robbery may have implicated Schutter to shield the identity of another person. He suggested those other suspects may be hiding the identity of a friend.Schutter is the only one of the eight suspects for the various crimes not expected in court today. He’s being held in a juvenile detention center near Grand Junction on unrelated charges.Those scheduled to appear and the crimes they are alleged to have committed are:n Moses Greengrass, 18, arrested on charges of two counts of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree burglary, two counts of theft and conspiracy in connection with the Twining Flats home burglary; and on charges of aggravated robbery, theft and conspiracy for the Clark’s Market robbery.-William “Wade” Hammond, 18, arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, theft and conspiracy in connection with the Snowmass Village Market robbery.-Nathan Morse, 18, whose court file remains sealed because it contains information authorities don’t want released yet. Court documents showed an arrest warrant was issued for Morse on charges related to the burglary of the Twining Flats home and the theft of a Range Rover and shotguns from the home.-Yuri Ognacevic, 18, arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, theft and conspiracy related to the Clark’s Market robbery.-Jacob Richards, 18, arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, theft, first-degree motor vehicle theft and second-degree motor vehicle theft for the home burglary; and arrested for alleged conspiracy to commit robbery for the Clark’s Market heist.-Anthony Rizzuto, 19, arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, two counts of first-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, theft and conspiracy in relation to the Twining Flats home burglary.-Cody Wille, 17, who has also had information filed against him as an adult by the district attorney. That information outlines three charges in relation to the Clark’s Market robbery – aggravated robbery, theft and conspiracy. Four allegedly confess Aspen Police Department and Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office detectives have said more arrests are expected for the robberies of Village Market and the Aspen Alps. The investigation also continues into two armed robberies of Aspen’s Stage 3 Theatres earlier in the year.Arrest warrant affidavits filed with the court indicate that Richards, Wille and Ognacevic have confessed to their roles in the Clark’s Market robbery. Richards, a former employee of the grocery store, said he supplied information that was used by the three who pulled off the robbery. He claimed he didn’t know they were actually going to rob it.Ognacevic acknowledged driving the getaway car and accused Wille, Greengrass and Schutter of going inside the store for the robbery. Wille corroborated Ognacevic’s story with his own alleged confession.Schutter has not submitted to an interview, according to his attorney. It is unknown if Greengrass has agreed to a police interview.In the Twining Flats burglary, Morse confessed to being at the premises, but said he waited outside in a vehicle for several minutes while Richards, Rizzuto and Greengrass allegedly went inside. He said when he finally started to enter the house, the other suspects were coming out.Court documents do not say if any evidence exists beyond confessions of suspects and their implications of others.
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