Aspen Police Department personnel have made two felony arrests in recent days involving men who allegedly stole money.
On Tuesday, Davey L. Naranjo, 36, was arrested at Pitkin County’s Human Services Building following an investigation into a burglary and theft at the nightclub Bootsy Bellows that allegedly occurred in the wee hours of Friday morning.
Naranjo, according to an arrest affidavit written by Aspen police officer Seth DelGrasso, is suspected of entering the East Hopkins Avenue bar around 4 a.m. Friday, after the club was closed, through a back door that possibly had been left unlocked.
A bar manager showed video to DelGrasso that shows a suspect walking to the bar and taking money from one of three cash registers. After leaving the bar, the suspect returned a short time later, wearing a sheet over his head, and tried to open one of the other registers, according to the affidavit.
With a description of the suspect and photographs from the video, DelGrasso conferred with other two police officers and a sheriff’s deputy, and all three identified the suspect as Naranjo from previous contacts.
According to the affidavit, Naranjo has an extensive criminal history, including convictions for second-degree burglary, first-degree trespassing, felony menacing, aggravated motor vehicle theft, DUI, protection-order violations, failures to appear in court and parole violations.
Naranjo, who was listed as a resident of Rifle but also was described by police as a transient, faces a felony charge of second-degree burglary and a misdemeanor count of theft. As of Wednesday evening, he was being held in the Pitkin County Jail under $50,000 bond.
In another arrest, Paul M. Kennedy, 36, also described by police as a transient, allegedly took a small amount of money from a teenager in the Hyman Avenue pedestrian mall late Monday evening.
An affidavit written by police officer Danielle Madril states that Kennedy identified himself to the victim as “Raul.” Kennedy had tried to speak to the victim earlier in the night outside of City Market, and later confronted him as he sat on a bench in the 400 block of Hyman Avenue.
According to the victim, Kennedy threatened to take him into an alley and beat him if he did not hand over the money, the affidavit says.
A search for Kennedy followed. Upon being arrested later in the night at the Rubey Park bus terminal, Kennedy told police that the alleged victim had asked him to purchase marijuana, and that he took off with the money “to teach the kid a life lesson.” The teen denied asking Kennedy to buy pot for him and also said he was not a drug user, the affidavit says.
Kennedy faces a charge of felony robbery and was not being held in local custody as of Wednesday.