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Man arrested on obscenity charges

Naomi Havlen

A 19-year-old man is in jail on obscenity charges after four young girls took note of his alleged lewd activities and alerted police.Marcelo Martinez-Palomino is charged with two felony counts of obscenity after allegedly fondling his crotch while peering at young girls in Wagner Park Monday. The incident followed a report Sunday evening from two local girls who told police they saw a man fondling himself at Rio Grande Park.Martinez-Palomino was fully clothed during both incidents, according to witnesses.The victims, ages 10, 12 and 14, told police they were playing in Wagner Park at 10 p.m. on Monday when they noticed two men sitting on benches watching them.One victim said one of the men signaled for her to come over and then began fondling himself while looking at her. The girl, 10, said she was frightened, and she and her friends walked away. The men allegedly followed them east on Cooper Avenue.One of the two 14-year-olds yelled at the men about five times to leave them alone before the men finally left. But they reappeared a few minutes later driving a red sedan. The girls walked to a gas station and called police. They were able to give police a detailed description of the men and what they were wearing.According to the affidavit for Martinez-Palomino’s arrest, police located two men matching the descriptions around 1 a.m. Tuesday in the 300 block of Galena Street. They told police they had just gotten off the bus at Rubey Park and were walking away from the bus station.A police officer questioned the men and received conflicting names, dates of birth and explanations of why they were in the area. Police said the men’s wallets identified them as Marcelo Martinez-Palomino, 19, and Eliseo Rodriguez Robles, 25.The girls were picked up by the police and driven past the suspects while they were being questioned; all four allegedly identified Martinez-Palomino and Robles as the men at the park.At the county jail, Martinez-Palomino allegedly admitted he was touching himself in the park because he “was excited by the girls he was watching.” He also allegedly admitted touching himself through his pants on July 25 near the skateboard park, saying this was “his way to show that he was interested in her and that he really liked girls with blond hair,” the arrest warrant says.Glenn Schaffer, Aspen’s assistant police chief, said the girls in the second incident acted correctly, calling police as soon as they could and giving officers a detailed description of the men.”If we had gotten more information [Sunday] night, maybe it would have stopped this from happening the second night,” Schaffer said. “If you get a good description of someone who is bothering you, it helps police.”But,” he added, “don’t compromise your safety trying to get that. We want parents to talk to their kids about these circumstances and what to do.”Schaffer said he doubts the kids involved in the two incidents are the only victims, and he encourages anyone with a similar story to call police at 925-5400.Martinez-Palomino was in the Pitkin County Jail yesterday, with bail set at $12,750. Eliseo Rodriguez Robles was summonsed and released by police for false reporting, a misdemeanor, after he allegedly gave police several false names.The girls were picked up and taken home by one of their mothers.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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