Suspect caught in Basalt robbery |

Suspect caught in Basalt robbery

BASALT – A suspect in an armed robbery was taken into custody at a Basalt home Sunday night just minutes after Clark’s Market was held up, according to Basalt Police Chief Keith Ikeda.

“Right now they’re in the process of taking someone into custody,” Ikeda said at about 9:10 p.m.

The robbery occurred around 8:45 p.m. Ikeda said police dispatchers were told that a person pointed a gun at a clerk at the grocery store and demanded money. The suspect then fled on foot. Ikeda said store employees identified the suspect.

Basalt police and Pitkin County Sheriff’s deputies went to a residence and took a suspect into custody. Snowmass Village police assisted by securing the scene at Clark’s Market.

Ikeda said his information indicated no one was injured in the incident. It appears the person acted alone, he said.

The robbery took place shortly after the conclusion of the National Football Conference championship game. Ikeda said he didn’t know if the timing was intentional or a coincidence.

The name of the suspect was unavailable. Ikeda wouldn’t disclose where the suspect was apprehended other than to say it was at a house in Basalt. The person was taken into custody shortly before 9 p.m.

Clark’s was also robbed between six and 10 years ago, and store employees identified the suspect in that case as well, Ikeda said. The alleged robber was later apprehended in California and convicted on charges related to the crime.

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