Feds investigate alleged Basalt robber’s residency status | AspenTimes.com

Feds investigate alleged Basalt robber’s residency status

Aspen Times staff report
Aspen, CO Colorado
Jonas Garcia Leon Jr.

BASALT – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has placed a “hold” on the suspect in the Basalt Clark’s Market robbery so it can investigate if he is in the country legally, according to a spokeswoman for the Eagle County jail.

Jonas Garcia Leon Jr. is a native of Mexico, according to jail records. The ICE investigation means he will not be able to bond out of jail because of questions about his residency status.

Leon was arrested around 9 p.m. Sunday at his home on Homestead Drive in Basalt about 16 minutes after Clark’s was robbed, police said. Leon allegedly pointed a handgun at a cashier and demanded money. The cashier and other workers at the store identified Leon because he worked at the grocery store about 1 1/2 years ago, police said. Leon tried to conceal his identity by wearing a beanie and bandana.

Officers searched Leon with his consent and allegedly found a handgun and more than $1,000 in cash in his pockets. He allegedly confessed to the robbery.

He was charged with aggravated robbery, theft and menacing, all felonies.

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