Man ordered to stand trial in Basalt kidnapping case
The Aspen Times
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ASPEN – A Basalt man was ordered to stand trial Wednesday for allegedly kidnapping his ex-girlfriend this spring.
Luis Reyes-Euseda, 31, is accused of second-degree kidnapping and a misdemeanor in connection with the March 7 episode at the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park in Basalt. The kidnapping count is a felony and punishable by up to six years in prison.
Judge James Boyd issued his ruling at the conclusion of a preliminary hearing in Pitkin County District Court. Reyes-Euseda is to next appear in court July 6, at which time the trial date is expected to be set.
The victim testified that she returned home from her job at a grocery store on March 7 when she decided to lay down in her children’s bedroom. The woman, who said Reyes-Euseda was at the residence, said the suspect entered the bedroom.
“He grabbed my hands and took me out of the room into another room,” said the victim, who was granted immunity prior to her testimony.
She said Reyes-Euseda then closed and locked the door of another bedroom, which sits a few feet away from her children’s room.
The woman told the court Reyes-Euseda put her on the bed. At the same time her hands were behind her back, she said.
The woman said at one point Reyes-Euseda “tickled her with his mouth.” She later said that she told him to leave her alone. He apparently got more aggressive and put his hand over her mouth, then a pillow on her face.
The woman testified that she was scared and was kicking and screaming.
Public defender Stephen McCrohan questioned the validity of the woman’s account, saying that she had made conflicting statements regarding the episode on a number of occasions.
He also suggested that was the reason the prosecution gave her immunity. At a May 18 hearing for Reyes-Euseda in Pitkin County District Court, the woman recanted statements she initially made.
Reyes-Euseda “didn’t do anything,” she told the court during that hearing. The woman also apologized for her actions.
McCrohan said the woman told him during an interview at his office that Reyes-Euseda did not do anything to her. He also referenced a written statement she penned about the incident while at another attorney’s office.
That statement also contradicted the remarks she initially made to authorities.
The woman admitted during questioning by McCrohan that she lied in each of those instances but that her initial statement to authorities in March was accurate. She also said that her testimony Wednesday was accurate.
Reyes was being held at the Park County jail. He is subject to a hold by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
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