Man arrested twice for DUI in Aspen last month faces new felony theft charge
If it wasn’t for bad luck, Martin Luna-Lovo would appear to have no luck at all.
First the Aspen man was popped for drunken driving twice within a few hours of each other about a month ago. Now he’s facing a felony theft charge for being caught on video driving a stolen car last week, according to court documents.
The latest incident occurred early Wednesday morning, when a cook at Zane’s Tavern called police to report that he’d left the 1997 Chevrolet Blazer he’d recently purchased running outside the bar and someone had stolen it, according to an affidavit written by an Aspen police detective. The man said there was $3,000 worth of tools in the vehicle.
Another officer discovered the truck Thursday afternoon parked in the 400 block of West Hopkins Avenue with the tools still in it. Detective Jeff Fain then went over to the nearby Jewish Community Center, which had a surveillance camera monitoring the area where the Blazer was parked, the affidavit states.
At 12:28 a.m., the camera recorded the Blazer driving into an alley with its headlights off and parking. A man then got out of the vehicle, walked up to the rear door of the community center and placed the keys to the Blazer on a nearby stack of construction materials before walking away, according to the affidavit.
Fain took a screenshot of the man and showed it to the owner of the Blazer, who recognized the man as a Zane’s customer who “had been arrested twice in the same day for DUI in Aspen recently,” the affidavit states. The vehicle owner said he’d read about the double DUI in the newspaper, and even pulled up the article on his phone and showed the detective Luna-Lovo’s booking photo, according to the affidavit.
The vehicle owner also said Luna-Lovo had been at Zane’s that evening.
Then on Friday night, the vehicle owner recognized Luna-Lovo when the latter entered Zane’s Tavern and began drinking a beer, the affidavit states. A bartender called police, who went over and talked with Luna-Lovo.
Luna-Lovo was wearing the same shoes, pants and jacket the person in the video surveillance wore, the affidavit states.
“I then showed the image to Luna-Lovo and (a Spanish-speaking officer) asked him if he thought that the person depicted was him,” according to the affidavit. “Luna-Lovo stated in Spanish, ‘It could be me.’”
He was then arrested and taken to jail. In addition to the theft charge, he also was charged with violating the conditions of the bond set in the two DUI cases because he’d been drinking alcohol.
Luna-Lovo, who was released on a personal-recognizance bond in the DUI cases, will not be allowed out of jail this time unless he posts a $3,500 cash or surety bond.
Other court news
• Scott Bleiler, 38, was arrested Nov. 24 after employees at a downtown hotel called police to report that a woman had been assaulted by her “significant other,” according to court documents. Police later found crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his hotel room and brown tar heroin in his wallet, the documents state.
A judge entered a mandatory protection order on the victim’s behalf after Bleiler was first advised of the charges that forbid contact between the two. On Monday, however, the 45-year-old victim appeared in court and asked that the no-contact order be dropped, and District Judge Dinsmore Tuttle agreed. The victim said that both she and Bleiler were going into treatment.
Bleiler will be allowed out of jail on a personal-recognizance bond so he can be driven to the rehab facility in St. George, Utah.
• A 31-year-old Denver man who led sheriff’s deputies on a high-speed car chase in October before being arrested at gunpoint near Aspen High School will remain in jail despite the fact that he has felony cases pending in the Front Range.
• A lawyer for Marcus Trujillo asked Tuttle to lower her client’s bond so he can more easily meet with his Denver-area lawyers, retain his job as a barber and take care of his children.
However, Deputy District Attorney Anne Norrdin objected to lowering the $20,000 bond because Trujillo poses a risk to the community. Trujillo is awaiting trial on burglary and trespassing charges in Jefferson County and assault in Denver County, and has been previously convicted of felony drug possession, attempted burglary and unlawful sexual contact, Norrdin said.
Tuttle declined to lower the bond, saying it was “possibly a little low” in the first place and reminding Trujillo that it was his own actions that landed him in jail in the first place.
Deputies found crack and methamphetamine in the stolen vehicle Trujillo was driving when he was arrested.
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