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Witness fails to show in Basalt kidnapping case

Wyatt Haupt Jr.
The Aspen Times
Aspen, CO Colrorado

ASPEN ” An alleged kidnapping case against a Basalt man was thrown into a state of uncertainty Friday after the only witness failed to show up for a court-ordered hearing in Aspen.

As a result Pitkin County District Court Judge James Boyd issued an arrest warrant for the witness, who is also the victim in the case against Luis Reyes-Euseda. Reyes-Euseda stands accused of felony second-degree kidnapping and a related misdemeanor.

The witness, a former girlfriend of Reyes-Euseda, was ordered to appear for a preliminary hearing Friday morning.

“We were assuming the witness was here,” said Chief Deputy District Attorney Arnold Mordkin at the beginning of the hearing.

He then asked the court to issue a warrant for the woman.

Public Defender Stephen McCrohan told the court the woman apparently consulted with an attorney in Glenwood Springs. McCrohan said the attorney left him a message stating she was not going to testify.

A short while later McCrohan requested the court not issue the warrant in order to give him some time to try and find the witness. The hearing resumed about 1:20 p.m., but the woman again was not present.

McCrohan told the court attempts were made to contact the woman, but she could not be reached. That led Boyd to issue an arrest warrant in the amount of $1,000 for the woman.

Boyd also reduced bond for Reyes-Euseda to a $1,500 personal recognizance bond from $5,000 cash or surety. He is also subject to a U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement hold.

The preliminary hearing was continued to 3 p.m. June 15.

Mordkin referred to the missing witness as “an interesting problem.” He also told the court without the witness the prosecution could not proceed.

“We don’t have anybody else,” Mordkin said.

Authorities arrested Reyes-Euseda on April 28. The arrest was the result on an alleged incident March 7 at his ex-girlfriend’s home at the Roaring Fork Mobile Home Park in Basalt.

Reyes-Euseda had been staying, on and off, at her residence. On the afternoon of March 7 the victim said that Reyes-Euseda had been drinking, a Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office report stated.

The victim said she was “napping with her children in the children’s bedroom,” when Reyes-Euseda came into the room and “tried to drag her into her bedroom,” the report stated.

She repeatedly told him to leave her alone. He then allegedly dragged the victim into “her bedroom against her will” and locked the door behind him. After a scuffle Reyes-Euseda took her “car/house keys and left” the premises.

He came back to the house the following morning.

The victim said she awakened, looked up and saw Reyes-Euseda standing in her room. He apparently gained entry to the bedroom through a window.

She said he “dropped her car keys on the top of her bed and left the house,” the report stated.