Rifle man arrested in attempted Glenwood robbery
July 7, 2009
GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Glenwood Springs police responded to an attempted robbery in the early morning of July 3 at the Arby’s on Grand Avenue after receiving a report of gunshots being fired at the fast-food restaurant.
Israel Dela Rosa, 19, was arrested after police spotted him running from the restaurant at about 1 a.m. According to an arrest report, police say Dela Rosa attempted to rob the Arby’s with a loaded handgun, which accidentally discharged in the process.
Dela Rosa was arrested on charges of recklessly discharging a firearm, reckless endangerment, and a felony charge of criminal attempt to commit aggravated robbery. Dela Rosa also had a municipal warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in Silt.
According to Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson, Dela Rosa allegedly approached a door to the rear of the building and knocked on a door. Wilson said Dela Rosa accidentally fired the gun while he waited for an employee to open the door, and then fled.
“He didn’t make it into the building,” Wilson said. “I think he kind of scared himself off before that happened.”
No one, including Dela Rosa, was injured in the incident, Wilson said.
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Dela Rosa allegedly ditched the gun before police caught up with him, but police recovered a 9mm semi-automatic handgun near the location.
Dela Rosa was booked into the Garfield County jail, where he remained Monday on a $6,376 bond.
The incident was the beginning to a busy weekend for Glenwood police, but Wilson said there were no other major incidents – just the typical arrests of a Fourth of July holiday weekend.
“Nothing really unusual or weird,” Wilson said. “Just a really busy weekend.”