Similar actions land troubled man in jail again |

Similar actions land troubled man in jail again

An Aspen Village man with a history of mental-health issues and breaking into other people’s homes was arrested again Friday for allegedly stealing from and assaulting a neighbor, according to court documents.

William Hallisey, 62, admitted to a Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy that he’d been in his neighbor’s house and claimed he owned the house, according to an affidavit filed in Pitkin County District Court.

The neighbor told deputies he found Hallisey in his home Thursday drinking one of the neighbor’s beers. Hallisey also told the neighbor he’d stolen two bottles of gin from the neighbor’s home and refused to leave, the affidavit states.

The neighbor then pushed Hallisey out of his home and told him not to come back.

On Friday, the neighbor and his roommate discovered their front and back doors unlocked when they returned home, according to the affidavit. They found another bottle of gin mostly consumed and $450 in cash missing.

The neighbor confronted Hallisey and Hallisey swung his fists at him without making contact, then grabbed him by the throat and began choking him, the affidavit states. The roommate broke them up.

“Hallisey told me he’d been in the house and that he owned the house,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit. “When asked if Hallisey could provide documentation that he owned the house he said he did not have to and asked me to leave.”

Another neighbor told the deputy that Hallisey twice tried to enter his home June 9, while a third neighbor reported seeing Hallisey peering in his front window Friday, according to the affidavit.

Hallisey was charged with burglary, assault and theft.

A shirtless Hallisey was arrested in October 2015 after breaking into one home in Old Snowmass while drinking beer and hard liquor, and attempting to break into another where a woman was home alone with her young daughter.

Hallisey spent most of the next two years in custody and was returned to competency three times through the use of forced medication. But each time he returned to Pitkin County he no longer was forced to take medication and reverted to incompetence.

Finally in November, District Court Judge Chris Seldin released him from the Pitkin County Jail, noting that he’d been in custody “too long to justify continued efforts to restore him to competency.”

“(Hallisey’s) behavior is certainly alarming,” Seldin said at the time. “The court is concerned that it will see Mr. Hallisey again.”

While in custody previously, Hallisey often refused to come to court. He declined to attend his advisement hearing Monday, where Seldin ordered him held pending a competency evaluation by state mental-health personnel from Pueblo.

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