A 52-year-old man was arrested Friday morning after a late night out and charged with domestic violence, harassment and second-degree assault, a class 4 felony.
Miles Angelo, who was staying at the alleged victim’s Aspen apartment, arrived around 1:30 a.m., according to an arrest affidavit. Dispatch aired a call to Aspen police of a “female screaming” and that “she was going to call 911.”
According to the affidavit, the alleged victim told arresting officers that Angelo and another man went to a downtown nightclub together. The alleged victim reported that she told Angelo — whom she described as her boyfriend — that she wanted to join them but was denied.
“Angelo told her she wasn’t pretty enough to go inside,” the affidavit reads.
She then went home alone.
“[She] said Angelo does this regularly and she knows when he behaves this way, she is going to get hit so she turned on the video recorder on her cellphone,” the affidavit continued, after outlining the details of Angelo’s “verbally berating” the alleged victim after he arrived back at the apartment.
“[She] told [Aspen police] Angleo ‘choked’ her and punched her in the face. She told us she thought he was going to killer her,” the document states.
Around 3:15 p.m. Friday in a Pitkin County District Court advisement, Deputy District Attorney Don Nottingham requested that a $10,000 bond be set for Angelo — double the standard bond for a class 4 felony.
“The affidavit in this case is extremely concerning in a number of ways,” he said. “First of all, strangulation is a serious concern for the safety of this alleged victim [and] her allegation that this has happened ‘many times.’”
District Judge Chris Seldin, after hearing Angelo’s statements, set a $2,500 cash assurity, citing a mandatory protection order barring contact with the alleged victim as a risk mitigator.
When speaking to Seldin, Angelo cited his 23-year career as executive chef at a high-end Aspen restaurant and commitment to “show up on time to be here.”
“I have a catering event for 200 people this evening, another for 200 tomorrow. I’m cooking for the vice president on Monday,” he said. “This could conceivably jeopardize my job. I’m very hopeful I can get to work this evening.”
Seemingly satisfied with Angelo’s assurances — including that he had alternative living arrangements available — Seldin required Angelo enter into a contract with MindSprings Health for pretrial services and set bond at half the standard for a class 4 felony assault.
While acknowledging that Angelo is “established in the community,” Seldin did issue a verbal warning: “A violation of the protection order could have dire consequences. The allegations here are that drinking is not good with you, so I just want to be completely unambiguous that you cannot drink.”
Angelo will return to court Aug. 5.