An El Jebel man was arrested and charged with stalking on Thursday after he allegedly followed a woman from Rubey Park to her place of work twice and entered the store three times.
Maurillo Estrada Torres, 35, was arrested after his third visit to the retail store this week. The alleged victim called police on Thursday morning, after he was wandering around the store.
Torres was advised of the charge, a class 5 felony, on Thursday afternoon. Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County Court set his bond at $2,500. There also is an immigration hold on him for being in the country illegally.
The alleged stalking began two or three weeks ago, when the victim said she got on a RFTA bus at the El Jebel park and ride, and was approached by Torres. He reportedly sat down next to her and tried to start a conversation, according to the affidavit in support of a warrantless arrest.
The victim told police she said hello to him and put her headphones on because he made her uncomfortable. When she got off the bus at Rubey Park, Torres allegedly followed her to the store she works at. Once she entered the building, he kept walking, according to the affidavit.
On Monday, Feb. 25, the victim got off the bus in front of Local’s Corner instead of Rubey Park. Again, Torres allegedly followed her to the store, even though she did not take a direct route and walked a couple of additional blocks. He continued walking past the store, according to the affidavit.
But later that day, Torres came back and entered the store around 2:30 p.m.
The victim said she felt scared after she saw him allegedly come into the store and not buy anything.
The victim on Wednesday called police after Torres allegedly went into the store at about 2:10 p.m., walked around and did not buy anything. Again, she told authorities she felt scared.
And on Thursday at about 9:40 a.m., Torres allegedly went into the store for the third time since Monday. The victim, stating that she became very frightened, called police.
Aspen Police officer Ritchie Zah responded to the call and asked Torres what he was doing in the store. Torres said he was looking for a jacket. But the victim said he was wandering around the store not looking at anything specific.
Based on that information, Zah made the decision to arrest Torres for stalking.
Torres, who works as a busser at a local restaurant, is due in court on March 4.