Third arrest made in Basalt robbery
A third suspect has been arrested in connection to the alleged robbery of a 70-year-old Basalt woman in her home in November, according to the 5th Judicial District Attorney’s Office.
A male who was a juvenile at the time of the robbery was arrested last week and is being held in the Eagle County Detention Center on a $100,000 bond, according to authorities. The person’s name has been withheld because he was 17 years old at the time of the alleged crime.
An investigator with the DA’s Office determined from statements by the other two suspects in the case that a third person was involved. The Basalt Police Department handled the initial investigation, which led to the arrests of Michael Hawkins, 26, of Parachute, and Sergio Sanchez, 25, of Rifle. They were arrested several months ago. The DA investigator determined that two suspects entered the house of the victim while a third was the driver of the getaway car, according to the DA’s Office.
Despite the age of the third suspect, charges were filed in Eagle County District Court rather than juvenile court because of the severity of the alleged crime, according to the DA’s Office. The charges are first-degree burglary, conspiracy to commit first-degree burglary, theft and conspiracy to commit theft. Those are all felonies. The latest suspect also is facing a sentencing enhancement called “crime of violence” because “the suspect presumably was aware of the gun used to commit the robbery,” the DA’s Office said in a statement.
The third suspect is scheduled for a first appearance in court Aug. 6. Sanchez is due in court Wednesday for a hearing on an advisement. Hawkins was scheduled to appear in court Monday, and prosecutors anticipated there might be an announcement of a plea bargain, according to Jill Sarmo, spokeswoman for the DA’s Office. The hearing was continued until Thursday for reasons that weren’t immediately available Monday, Sarmo said.
Police said the robbery took place Nov. 28 on Riverside Drive in Basalt around 11:45 a.m. The alleged victim was home alone and had just finished a shower when she heard a loud crash in her house, according to reports. Two men reportedly confronted her when she walked out of the bathroom. One pointed a gun at her and told her to remain quiet while the other searched the house for valuables, according to police. The alleged victim was ordered back to the shower and ordered to remain there for five minutes after the assailants left, according to police. They allegedly warned her not to call police or they would return and kill her, according to the investigation.
The men allegedly stole a sapphire-and-diamond ring worth $24,000, a woman’s Rolex watch valued at $20,000, other jewelry, an iPad and an iPhone. The smartphone had a “Find My iPhone” app, which the victim’s son activated and shared with police. Investigators tracked the movement of the phone and found the first suspect.
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