Crime Briefs: Chronic offender sent to jail |

Crime Briefs: Chronic offender sent to jail

Benjamin Levy on Thursday was sentenced to 69 days in jail and three years in community corrections after pleading guilty to one of several protection order violations as well as a felony burglary charge.

Levy, 27, of Glenwood Springs, has been in and out of court in Pitkin and Garfield counties since October 2013 on charges ranging driving under the influence to illegal discharge of a firearm.

In the case in question from June 2014, Levy was arrested after breaking into his wife’s Sunlight home, where he was held at gunpoint until authorities arrived. He was ultimately subdued with a Taser.

He has been arrested three time since then, most recently for allegedly showing up drunk at Valley View Hospital on Valentine’s Day and getting into an argument with a patient. The incident caused the District Attorney’s Office to nix a Pitkin County plea deal in an older case, in which he was accused of aimlessly firing shots from a high-powered rifle in the Woody Creek area and then driving drunk.

Levy will be required to complete an alcohol and mental health evaluation and undergo treatment as part of his sentencing.


Bryan Flores-Calix reportedly offered $100 to an irate Silt resident to not call the police after allegedly he took the hood off the man’s car on the night of April 6.

According to his arrest affidavit, Flores-Calix, 18, of Silt, told police he spotted the white Honda Civic shortly after the hood on his own green Civic fell off. He followed the car home, unbolted the hood and was setting it into place on his car when he was confronted by the owner. Flores-Calix fled when the man called police despite his offer and reported his car stolen, the affidavit says.

Police later spotted his now-multitone Civic and arrested him for felony trespass, theft, false reporting and criminal mischief.


A man called police on the morning of Feb. 4 to report that he’d been robbed by a man he invited to stay the night with him in a Glenwood hotel.

He told authorities that he’d encounter the suspect on his way back from a bar late the previous night and agreed to buy him some food and let him spend the night. The man left while his benefactor was in the shower, but it wasn’t until the next morning that the victim noticed numerous items missing from his room and several unauthorized charges on his credit card.

Police later caught up with Jonathan Smiddy, 24, of Glenwood Springs, who, according to his arrest affidavit, had the caller’s cell phone in his backpack. Police also discovered several outstanding warrants for Smiddy.

Smiddy was arrested for theft, identity theft, criminal impersonation, criminal possession of a financial device and criminal possession of an identification document, all felonies, as well as unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, a misdemeanor.


Glenwood police spotted were already familiar with Luis Garcia, 34, Glenwood Springs, when they spotted him driving with a revoked license on the night of April 3.

They followed Garcia until he pulled into a driveway and confronted him, prompting him to drop a small red bag onto the ground, according to his arrest affidavit.

Inside the bag, police discovered 10.5 grams of cocaine and 6.6 grams of methamphetamine. A search of the car yielded several small bags consistent with distribution and a bottle of inositol powder, a common cutting agent.

Garcia was arrested on two counts of possession with intent to distribute, a felony, as well as failure to provide proof of insurance, reckless driving, violation of a restraining order and driving under restraint.


A warrant was issued for Ivan Andrade Perez, 23, on April 6 after his ex-girlfriend told authorities he gave her a ride to work and then taken off in her car.

Perez, she said, wouldn’t leave her house the previous night and took away her cell phone.

He was later arrested on charges of felony stalking, felony trespass, aggravated motor vehicle theft, obstruction of telephone service, false imprisonment and harassment.


When a Rifle police officer confronted Dennis Carlin, 37, of Rifle for shoplifting at Wal-Mart on the night of April 2, he noticed Carlin drop something and kick it aside.

According to the arrest affidavit, police recovered a container with 6.2 grams of methamphetamine from the scene and arrested Carlin for failure to appear and possession of a controlled substance.

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