Teen robbery suspect may return to face charges | AspenTimes.com

Teen robbery suspect may return to face charges

John Colson

One of the 12 teen-agers accused of going on a crime spree in Aspen last year remains in a juvenile detention facility near Grand Junction.

But that may not be true for long, according to law enforcement authorities. A hearing is scheduled today to determine whether Stefan Schutter should be transferred to the Pitkin County Jail to face charges of armed robbery, theft and commission of a crime of violence.

Schutter, 18, of Aspen, is accused of taking part in the armed robberies of Clark’s Market in Aspen and The Village Market in Snowmass Village last August, when he was still 17 years old.

According to court documents, Schutter pistol whipped the clerk at The Village Market on the night of the robbery, Aug. 19, 1999, after the clerk handed over the store’s receipts for the night.

According to sources familiar with the case, Schutter was on probation at the time of the two armed robberies, having been convicted of committing crimes in Aspen.

Because Schutter was a juvenile when he was charged with those crimes, his file is not open to public inspection.

Sources in law enforcement have said that some time after the robberies took place, Schutter was arrested for violation of the terms of his probation and sentenced to a year in the Grand Mesa Youth Services Center.

But Schutter reportedly is close to his first possible parole date, though he would not be freed if he were granted parole. Instead, he would immediately be brought to Pitkin County to face charges in the robbery cases.

That, according to Eagle County Deputy District Attorney John Clune, is the purpose of the hearing today before District Court Judge Thomas Ossola in Glenwood Springs. Clune has been appointed as special prosecutor in the case, after Schutter’s attorney petitioned to have Judge J.E. DeVilbiss and the office of District Attorney Mac Myers taken off the case.

Schutter is due to appear before Judge Ossola on Feb. 24 for a preliminary hearing, and if he remains in Grand Mesa, would have to be transported to Glenwood Springs for that hearing and all subsequent appearances.

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