Pot store robbery suspect charged in gunpoint carjacking
Authorities now say that a car used in the getaway from the robbery of a Carbondale marijuana shop was stolen at gunpoint the day before in a busy part of Glenwood Springs.
Arturo Nuno-Cervantes, one of the men charged in the robbery Dec. 7 of Sweet Leaf Pioneer, which also was at gunpoint, faces a new charge in the carjacking and another, earlier incident.
On Dec. 6, a Ford Mustang was reported stolen in Glenwood Springs — the car the police say Nuno-Cervantes drove after the marijuana shop robbery the next day.
A 22-year-old Glenwood Springs woman initially told police that she was borrowing the Mustang and had left it unlocked and running in the 500 block of Laurel Street when it was stolen.
About two hours later, the driver recanted her story, saying she had lied out of fear of the carjacker, whom she identified as Nuno-Cervantes.
She then told police that Nuno-Cervantes got into the car with an unidentified man that afternoon with her permission. She told police she had known him for about a year through her own drug history.
He asked her if she had any drugs on her, which she didn’t, she told police. Then he asked if he could borrow the car to pick up drugs in Parachute.
The woman told police that when she refused, Nuno-Cervantes pulled up his shirt to reveal a handgun tucked into his waistband, and he “suggested she get out of the Mustang.”
Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said Monday that the woman and the owner of the car changed their stories, making it difficult for police to know what happened, so they didn’t tell the public about the carjacking. The driver told police that she didn’t know who took the car, then that she did. The owner of the car first told police that he’d lent it to Nuno-Cervantes, then that Nuno-Cervantes had stolen it.
Only after the Carbondale marijuana shop robbery did the evidence and testimony come together to show what happened.
The arrest affidavit in the incident said that later the day of the carjacking, the woman was driving around town with a friend, a 43-year-old man, when they spotted Nuno-Cervantes and the other man walking down Ninth Street near Palmer Avenue. She told police she got out and confronted him (10 days later she would add that she punched him).
Nuno-Cervantes said they’d been stopped and the Mustang was impounded, the woman told police.
The man with her told officers that Nuno-Cervantes pulled out a black handgun and “racked the slide to chamber a round.”
Another new charge against Nuno-Cervantes, a count of felony menacing, stems from an incident in September when he threatened to kill a friend for not giving him money, according to police. The man told police that Nuno-Cervantes pointed a Glock semi-automatic handgun at his head and threatened to kill him for not giving him money out of his paycheck.
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