Teens sought in pass beating case | AspenTimes.com

Teens sought in pass beating case

Naomi Havlen

Police confirmed Friday they are seeking two teenagers – a boy from Aspen and a girl from Bakersfield, Calif. – as suspects in last weekend’s brutal beating on Independence Pass.On Oct. 9, the suspects drove with the victim, who is also from Bakersfield, up the pass, where they allegedly hit her repeatedly with a golf club before abandoning her on the side of the road. The victim, a runaway, told police that she came to Aspen with the female suspect.No names have been released because the suspects and victim are juveniles. Police completed attempted homicide arrest warrants Friday night.How the girls encountered the boy is something police are investigating.”We’re not 100 percent sure on how the relationship began, as far as meeting each other,” said Joe DiSalvo of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.The connection to the boy was made when police seized his mother’s SUV on Tuesday evening. The white GMC Jimmy matched the victim’s description of the vehicle.DiSalvo said the boy’s parents are cooperating with investigators. He didn’t believe the youth has had past contact with police.”Right now, these people know that they’re in a lot of trouble, and I can only assume that from reading the newspapers, family members and friends are saying to them, ‘This is you,'” DiSalvo said.Police are also contemplating charges against the suspects for fleeing the area. DiSalvo said authorities have contacted the FBI about whether laws regarding unlawful flight to avoid prosecution can be applied to juveniles.Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com


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