Local man arrested twice in 1 day | AspenTimes.com

Local man arrested twice in 1 day

John Colson

A local man was arrested twice Tuesday night, on charges that escalated from a misdemeanor to the felony level over the course of a couple of hours.

Isaias Valdes, 19, of Aspen, was first arrested shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday, after police were called to an apartment at the Marolt housing complex about a fight.

Valdes, who reportedly was staying at the apartment temporarily, allegedly got into a dispute with the girlfriend of one of his cousins, who lived at the apartment.

Police said the dispute turned into an fight, and Valdes was issued a ticket for assault and disorderly conduct, summoned to appear in municipal court and released on his own recognizance.

He was specifically ordered to stay away from the people involved in the fight, and the Marolt apartment, police said.

But just over two hours later, police were again called to the apartment, where the female victim of the previous alleged assault was locked in the bathroom. Valdes allegedly was trying to kick in the bathroom door.

According to the phone call received by police, Valdes was threatening to harm her because she had gotten the police involved. She told police that Valdes had called her after being released by police the first time and said he was coming back and that “she was going to pay” for getting him in trouble.

When they found Valdes back at the apartment, police arrested him and took him to jail on charges of intimidating a witness, a class three felony that carries a potential prison sentence of up to 12 years and a potential fine of up to $750,000.

Valdes is being held in the Pitkin County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bond.

According to Aspen Police Department Sgt. Leon Murray, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service is checking on Valdes’ status, based on indications that he may not be a citizen of the U.S.

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