Guilty plea in Arby’s attempted robbery
Post Independent Staff
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – The man arrested for attempting to rob the Glenwood Springs Arby’s restaurant in July pleaded guilty Tuesday in Garfield County District Court.
Israel Dela Rosa, 19, pleaded guilty to one count of attempted robbery, non-aggravated, a class five felony as part of a plea deal offered by prosecution. The remaining charges against him were dropped including reckless endangerment, recklessly discharging a firearm and false reporting to authorities.
Dela Rosa was arrested around 1 a.m. on July 3 after authorities spotted him running away from the restaurant shortly after police were notified of a gunshot being fired at the location.
According to an arrest affidavit, an eyewitness told police that they had seen Dela Rosa, dressed in all black, running “full-speed” down the bike path behind the restaurant. Police caught up with Dela Rosa behind Stubler Memorial Field.
At the time, Dela Rosa told police that he was running because someone had shot at him with a gun, according the affidavit. He was taken to Valley View Hospital and treated for a leg injury sustained when fleeing the scene.
The affidavit said that Dela Rosa admitted that he tried to rob the Arby’s and that he had not been shot at. He told authorities in an interview that he accidentally fired the gun as he crouched down at the rear entrance of the Arby’s.
He told police that he waited outside for about 30 minutes for someone from inside the restaurant to bring out the garbage. When no one did, he knocked on the door at the rear of the building, the affidavit stated.
An Arby’s employee told police that they saw Dela Rosa looking through the window after he heard knocking on the door.
When 9th Judicial District Court Judge Gail Nichols asked Dela Rosa if he knew what he was doing was wrong, Dela Rosa responded, “Yes, ma’am, I did.”
Dela Rosa has remained in custody since his arrest. He is due back in court for sentencing in November where he faces up to six years in prison.
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