Police arrest woman again
October 2, 2005
Police again arrested a Denver woman who was randomly handing out $100 bills to locals last month.According to police, Carrie Megan Austin, 29, reportedly started a fire Sunday at the home of a friend at 802 W. Main St., where she was staying, then left the residence. It was the second time in less than three weeks Aspen police have arrested Austin.Police were called at 1 a.m. Sunday; they found Austin downtown an hour and a half later, and placed her in protective custody, according to Aspen Police Sgt. Steve Smith.Austin has been evaluated by the Aspen Mental Health Center and was in jail Sunday night awaiting a transfer to a mental hospital elsewhere in the state. No charges have been filed in the incident.Austin was first arrested on Sept. 14. She gained notoriety that day because she had been handing out $100 bills on the pedestrian malls in the center of town, instructing the recipients to buy drinks at La Cocina (which is now closed) and give the change as a tip for the bartender. Police picked her up later thaat day after employees at The Little Nell Hotel reported that she had refused their request that she leave the hotel. She was arrested on trespassing charges, evaluated for mental health issues and taken to a hospital in the Denver area.Smith said he was unsure how long Austin had been back in Aspen, or what the circumstances were of her release from the Denver hospital.