Mr. Amigo restaurant up for sale |

Mr. Amigo restaurant up for sale

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado

The Mr. Amigo restaurant in West Glenwood Springs went up for sale while three people arrested there in July await resolution of criminal cases.The restaurant’s sale was spotted in real estate listings within the past months. Marizela Ruiz, who police believe is the owner, and Francisco Ruiz didn’t return phone messages. But the Garfield County Assessor’s Office said no sale has recently been made.The restaurant experienced some recent troubles that may have contributed to the decision to sell it.On July 22, Glenwood Springs Police arrested Francisco Ruiz on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer and assaulting a police officer. Alfredo Ruiz was arrested on suspicion of resisting arrest, obstructing a police officer, false imprisonment and being an accessory to a crime. Marizela Ruiz was arrested on suspicion of liquor code violations, a noise ordinance violation, obstructing a police officer and assaulting a police officer.According to police, an officer investigated a noise complaint around 3 a.m. The Ruizes tried to force the officer out of the restaurant and interfered with arrests, at one point taking a swing at the officer, police said.Backup officers arrived to find the door deadbolted. They entered and deployed a large amount of pepper spray before making the arrests, police said.The Colorado Department of Revenue (DOR) said it closed the restaurant for about a week in July for not paying wage-withholding taxes since August 2006 and sales taxes since December 2006. The DOR said all back taxes were paid by July 31.The restaurant was also burglarized on July 26 for about a $2,000 loss, including stolen liquor and televisions, police said.Marizela Ruiz and Alfredo Ruiz appeared in court Friday. No pleas have been entered in the cases and Marizela and Francisco Ruiz are scheduled to attend a preliminary hearing Dec. 4. Alfredo Ruiz is scheduled to appear for arraignment Nov. 16, in which he may or may not decide to join the others in the preliminary hearing.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611 pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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