North Forty fights result in charges
ASPEN An Aspen man is facing up to 17 years in prison if convicted on charges stemming from a series of alleged assaults last weekend at the North Forty subdivision.Kevin Angelo Gibson, 38, is accused of attacking five people, including a young woman whose injuries reportedly resulted in hospitalization and might require surgery, after break-ins at two homes on the night of June 9.The five proposed charges listed in court documents include one count of second-degree burglary and one count of criminal trespass, both felonies; and two counts of third-degree assault and one count of criminal mischief resulting in property damage, all misdemeanors.Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies took Gibson to the Pitkin County Jail on Saturday night, and he is in custody on a $16,000 bond, as set during an advisement hearing before Judge James Boyd. If convicted on all counts, and sentenced to serve consecutive terms, he could go to prison for up to 17 years.Caroline Pittman, 43, said she was at her home on Narrow Way in the North Forty neighborhood, with three unidentified friends, when Gibson allegedly broke in the door and started fighting with two of the visitors, both unidentified men. Gibson also reportedly threw another of the visitors, an unnamed 23-year-old woman, down a flight of stairs, although no charges dealt with that allegation.According to an arrest affidavit by Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy Renee Rayton, Pittman said she ran from her home to a neighbor’s house where she asked the occupant if he could hide her from “a guy with a restraining order.”The neighbor, Ted King, 50, took Pittman into the house and locked the door, according to his statement to Rayton. Gibson allegedly broke through the door and attacked Pittman, in the midst of which both Pittman and Gibson “tumbled” down a staircase together, according to court documents.Gibson then charged back upstairs and allegedly began attacking King, according to the documents.King said Gibson called him a foul name, knocked him down and was kicking him as King was lying on the ground yelling for help. Another neighbor called police, and deputies arrested Gibson after King pointed him out.Rayton’s affidavit gave no reason for the alleged attacks, although a friend of Pittman’s claimed that Gibson had been “stalking” Pittman for some time.The friend, who asked to remain anonymous, said Pittman has been living in dread of her attacker, and that her home has “baseball bats at every window and door.”Gibson, at the hearing Monday, asked Boyd to explain a restraining order the judge imposed as a condition of the bond, telling him, “She can call me and harass me, but I can’t call her; is that right?” He also claimed that Pittman had been calling him in spite of a court order requiring that he have not contact with her, and had “invited” him to her home Saturday night.The judge said he could not advise Gibson regarding any aspect of the case, other than to urge him to get an attorney and talk about the charges and other issues. Gibson told Gail Nichols, assistant district attorney, after the hearing that he has hired attorney John Van Ness, although Van Ness was out of town and could not attend Monday’s hearing.Gibson is to appear in court again on June 18 for the formal filing of charges in the case, and Nichols said there is a chance of more charges against him.John Colson’s e-mail address is email@example.com
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