Facing two felonies, Aspen pot shop robber is held on $100K bond in St. Louis
The Aspen Times
A 21-year-old Aspen resident who robbed a local marijuana dispensary with a hammer last week was ordered held on a $100,000 cash-only bond in St. Louis for leading police on a high speed chase and injuring a police officer, according to the St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office.
Hayden May was charged with felony assault on a police officer with a deadly weapon and felony resisting arrest in St. Louis. Officers there tried to pull him over on Interstate 70 on July 29, but he declined to stop, according to police reports.
May led police on a chase that reached speeds of 100 mph before crashing head-on into a police car and a utility pole. The officer he hit suffered a cervical neck sprain and chest contusions in the crash. May was not injured, police have said.
Police say May entered Stash marijuana dispensary, 710 E. Durant Ave., about 12:30 p.m. on July 28, took a hammer out of his backpack, told employees who were also his friends that he was “desperate,” then stole several jars of marijuana from behind the counter.
May then stole a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe from his former employer in an East Aspen neighborhood and fled out of town, according to police. After he was arrested, police found three jars and a large plastic bag of marijuana in the vehicle, though they did not find a .45-caliber handgun he was suspected of stealing from a car parked in Snowmass Village.
Snowmass Village police said the owner of the gun and a person who was taking care of it both worked at Stash. The owner of the gun was one of two employees working at Stash when May robbed it, they said.
Because of those coincidences, Snowmass Village police at the time said May was a suspect in the theft, though they had no proof of that.
On Tuesday, Snowmass Village Police Chief Brian Olson said the gun still has not been recovered, though he is skeptical that May is the gun thief.
“He wouldn’t have known it was (in the car),” Olson said. “It’s quite possible it’s entirely unrelated.”
Olson said bikes have been stolen in the area and that it really might just be a strange coincidence.
May still may face drug charges in St. Louis, which could be filed after the marijuana is tested at a lab, said Ed Magee, an executive assistant in the St. Louis Prosecutor’s Office.
However, Stash is not likely to ever see its $11,000 worth of marijuana again, said dispensary owner Garrrett Patrick. He said he talked to officials from the Marijuana Enforcement Division, who told him that even if he was somehow able to get it back he could never sell it because they have no idea if it was contaminated between Aspen and St. Louis.
Patrick said he has insurance, though he’s still investigating the fine details of filing a claim, he said.
“I don’t even care about that,” he said. “What I care about is that my employees are still a little shaken up. I’m just glad they didn’t get hurt. They’re my friends.”
He said one of his employees, who has left town, is very concerned that whoever stole the .45 caliber handgun might come back. However, Patrick said he and his other employees are not worried.
“This is America,” he said. “Everybody’s got guns. I’m not scared.”
When he is eventually extradited back to Aspen, May will face charges of felony armed robbery, felony theft and other charges.
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