An Old Snowmass man faces multiple charges after he was arrested twice late Thursday and early Friday, the second time for an alleged shooting incident in which a bullet was fired through his floor and into his neighbor’s condominium, breaking a window.
Benjamin Samuel Levy, 27, was first arrested after deputies responded to the 300 block of Waterview Drive around 5 p.m. Thursday. Someone in the neighborhood told authorities that Levy was shooting a high-powered rifle from his balcony across the Roaring Fork River and was intoxicated, said deputy Alex Burchetta of the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office.
When police arrived, Levy was gone. Having had prior contact with Levy, authorities were able to call Levy on his cell phone, and he allegedly said that he was driving in Basalt looking for his lost dog.
Levy showed up soon after deputies arrived at his home, Burchetta said.
“He admitted to firing the weapon and to having some drinks,” he said.
He was arrested for prohibited use of a firearm, as it’s illegal to shoot a gun while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and DUI. Deputy Grant Jahnke, one of the deputies who responded, said Levy failed voluntary roadside maneuvers. Levy was freed on a $2,000 bond.
Deputies again went to Levy’s residence at 10:48 p.m. His downstairs neighbor told police that a bullet had passed through her ceiling — Levy’s floor — shattered her double-paned front glass window and ricocheted off the sidewalk in front of the home.
The neighbor, who lives in a ground-floor residence below Levy, was not home at the time.
Levy told deputies that he believed he was firing blanks with a hunting rifle, Burchetta said.
He had a laceration on his right eye, the cause of which police did not know, and after he was treated for that at Aspen Valley Hospital, he was arrested again around 3 a.m. Friday. Levy got out of jail again on a $3,500 bond. He is due in court Nov. 4.
Levy is charged with illegally discharging a firearm into a dwelling, a felony, and misdemeanor criminal mischief for allegedly causing $500 to $1,000 in damage.
Efforts to reach Levy for comment were unsuccessful.