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DA files felony charges in New Castle assault

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The 9th Judicial District Attorney’s office has formally filed charges against two suspects allegedly involved in the brutal beating of a New Castle woman earlier this month.

Chief Deputy District Attorney James Leuthauser filed felony charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, menacing and kidnapping against Aaron Steven Rabidue, 21, and Arion Gross, 18.

Rabidue was present in court, in custody, Wednesday, while Gross was not. Gross bonded out a day after his arrest on Oct. 5 on a $10,000 bond, and is due back in court later this month.

Rabidue remains in the Garfield County jail on a $50,000 bond. Magistrate Holly Strablizky denied a bond reduction request due to the severity of the allegations in the case.

“Given the totality of the event, the bond amount is appropriate and may even be a little low,” Leuthauser said.

Rabidue and Gross are suspected of brutally beating a 33-year-old woman for four hours, after allegedly binding her hands and feet then putting her into a bathtub in Rabidue’s New Castle apartment on Oct. 4. According to the police report, the victim told police that Rabidue told her that he was going to kill her. The victim was then taken to the Wal-Mart in Rifle and dropped off.

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According to the arrest affidavit, the victim suffered severe injuries to her entire body and face including deep lacerations and bruising, and was also missing four teeth.

Rabidue is due in court again Thursday to face allegations of marijuana distribution in a separate case. Authorities also filed new charges against Rabidue on Oct. 7, in a third case in which authorities allege he threatened a man and a woman at Burning Mountain Park in New Castle on Sept. 25. Those charges include felonies of retaliation against a witness, violation of a bond condition and conspiracy, according to court documents. He also faces lesser charges of harassment and disorderly conduct in that case.

According to the arrest affidavit regarding the Sept. 25 case, police discovered that the couple had filed a protection order against Rabidue after an earlier incident of intimidation.

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