Guilty plea for man in Glenwood robbery
September 23, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The man arrested for attempting to rob the Glenwood Springs Arby’s restaurant in July pleaded guilty Tuesday in Garfield County District Court.
Israel Dela Rosa, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery, non-aggravated, a class five felony, as part of a plea deal offered by prosecutors. The remaining charges against him, including reckless endangerment, recklessly discharging a firearm and false reporting to authorities, were dropped.
Dela Rosa was arrested around 1 a.m. on July 3 after authorities spotted him running away from the restaurant shortly after police were notified of a gunshot being fired at the location.
According to an arrest affidavit, a witness saw Dela Rosa, dressed in all black, running “full-speed” down the bike path behind the restaurant. Police caught up with Dela Rosa behind Stubler Memorial Field.
At the time, Dela Rosa told police that he was running because someone had shot at him with a gun, according to the affidavit. He was taken to Valley View Hospital and treated for a leg injury sustained when fleeing the scene.
The affidavit said that Dela Rosa admitted that he tried to rob the Arby’s and that he had not been shot at. He told authorities in an interview that he accidentally fired the gun as he crouched down at the rear entrance of the Arby’s.
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He told police that he waited outside for about 30 minutes for someone from inside the restaurant to bring out the garbage. When no one did, he knocked on the door at the rear of the building, the affidavit states.
An Arby’s employee saw Dela Rosa looking through the window after he heard knocking on the door.
When 9th Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols asked Dela Rosa if he knew what he was doing was wrong, Dela Rosa responded, “Yes, ma’am, I did.”
Dela Rosa has remained in custody since his arrest. He is due back in court for sentencing in November; he faces up to six years in prison.