Man who was assaulted arrested on drug charges
An Aspen man was arrested for allegedly possessing and selling cocaine after his jaw was broken during an assault in his apartment in March.
Christopher Cox, 57, is charged with possession and unlawful distribution of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. The first two charges are felonies.
The alleged attacker, identified as Scott Randall Dale, 39, of Dallas, is still at large, said Aspen Police Det. Jim Crowley.
According to an arrest warrant, police found drugs and materials used to prepare drugs to be sold in Cox’s apartment in the early hours of March 31. Officers were responding to a reported assault.
Police say Cox was on a bedroom floor in the Alpenblick Condominiums on South Galena Street, bleeding from his head and unable to move. According to court documents, Cox told police that an unidentified male who was looking for drugs had assaulted him.
Officers saw a laceration on Cox’s left eyebrow, abrasions on his nose, left ear, left shin, both knees and back. The warrant says that hospital X-rays revealed that Cox’s jaw had been broken.
After allegedly noticing drug-related materials in Cox’s apartment, police obtained a search warrant. An inventory of items allegedly found in the apartment includes 14 paper packages containing cocaine, a cocaine grinder and various items with blood on them from the assault.
Cox allegedly told police that a man had pushed his way into his apartment looking for drugs and a fight ensued. During a later interview, Cox allegedly said he had met the person who assaulted him before, when a woman had brought him to Cox’s apartment to buy drugs. Cox said he had turned the man away without selling him anything.
According to police, the cocaine in the 14 packages weighed 17.7 grams.
Crowley said the grinder and sifters found in the apartment were used in the processing of cocaine before it was sold.
Dale is currently on the run, Crowley said. A vehicle he allegedly stole in Parker before coming to Aspen was found in Silverthorne. Crowley said police have a few leads on where Dale may be.
Cox turned himself in on April 4 after spending several days in the hospital after the assault. He posted $15,000 bond and was released.
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