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Two arrested in Glenwood robbery

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Glenwood Springs Police have arrested two men ” one an Aspen resident and one from El Jebel ” in connection with an armed robbery at BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q Friday night.

According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, Justin Brink, 26, of El Jebel and Jesse Coleman, 24, of Aspen, were arrested about 10:45 p.m. as they waited at the bus stop in front of The Bayou Cajun Restaurant and Bar on Grand Avenue in Glenwood. Both men were booked into the Garfield County jail and are charged with aggravated robbery, theft, menacing, and conspiracy to commit robbery. Bail was set at $50,000 for both at an advisement hearing Monday.

Coleman has a history of legal trouble, including an arrest in May for allegedly assaulting a man after he sus pected him of cheating in cards. In July, he was charged for driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to both counts.

BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q is located at 112 Sixth Street, near the main Glenwood Springs and Interstate 70 intersection.

According to the restaurant’s owner, Janet Balcomb, the two men came into the restaurant at about 5:30 p.m. and ordered some food for take out. About an hour later, Balcomb said, Brink returned to the restaurant and placed another large order of food and ordered a beer.

As Brink waited for the order, he then passed Balcomb a note indicating he had a gun and directing her to put all the money in the register on the table.

“It was terrifying,” Balcomb said. “He said he had a gun. The note said he had a gun. As soon as I heard that I started shaking.”

But Balcomb remained calm and handed over between $500 and $600, she estimated. Balcomb said that she handed Brink the money and that he told her to not call the police for five minutes if she didn’t want any trouble. According to Balcomb, Brink then ran out of the restaurant and out of sight.

She then alerted her husband, Bo Balcomb, who was cooking in the kitchen, that they had just been robbed.

Balcomb explained in a written statement to the Post Independent, Glenwood’s newspaper, that the past few days have been very painful and that she keeps going over the situation over in her head, pondering if she could have done things differently. But Wilson said that she handled the situation perfectly.

“They did a wonderful job of keeping their cool,” Wilson said. “They made good observations and provided us with good information which was huge and gave us such a better advantage to make an arrest in the case.”

Glenwood police informed area businesses of the situation and distributed descriptions about the suspects, which led to their arrest.

“We got a call from a downtown restaurant that the officers had contacted earlier in the evening and they had very keenly observed the males were sitting outside the Bayou, waiting for a bus,” Wilson said.

According to Wilson, the suspects purchased two bus tickets to Las Vegas, but they were denied access to the bus because they were visibly intoxicated.

Wilson said that police found multiple knives on the suspects and an air-powered pistol.

A March 18 court date has been set for both men.

jgardner@postindependent.com


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