Snowmass man breaks into ex’s apartment, faces felony

Jason Auslander
The Aspen Times

Police arrested a 26-year-old Snowmass Village man Monday and charged him with breaking in to his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and destroying her property, according to court documents.

Jeffrey Hartwell is facing a domestic violence-related felony charge of criminal trespassing for the alleged incident as well as misdemeanor criminal mischief. District Court Judge Chris Seldin allowed him out of jail Tuesday on a $2,500 personal recognizance bond after a prosecutor said the victim in the case supported such a bond.

The victim in the case told police Monday that Hartwell texted her on Saturday while she was in Aspen, saying he was on the way to her Snowmass Village apartment, according to an arrest warrant filed in District Court.

The woman told Hartwell several times via text to leave her apartment and that he was scaring her, the warrant states. She told him she would return belongings of his that were at her apartment the next day.

The woman spent Saturday night in Aspen and returned home Sunday morning to find Hartwell asleep on her apartment floor, the warrant states. The woman told Hartwell to leave, then left the apartment and waited at Town Park for him to leave. When she returned to her apartment, she discovered he broke her iPad and a framed picture, according to the warrant.

Hartwell later met with Snowmass Village police and “freely admitted breaking the iPad” and the picture, the warrant states. He said he had stayed with the woman Friday night at her apartment and never saw texts from her after that telling him to stay away Saturday, despite having responded to one of those texts.

Snowmass Village police have previously responded to two disturbances involving the couple — one in a village parking lot this summer and another in October, according to the warrant. No charges were filed in either incident.

The woman told police Monday that the couple had broken up after the October incident.

On Tuesday, Seldin entered a mandatory protection order, which forbids Hartwell from having any contact with the victim and he must stay away from drugs and alcohol.


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