Robbery suspect pleads guilty to theft at Glenwood Springs truck stop |

Robbery suspect pleads guilty to theft at Glenwood Springs truck stop

John Gardner
Post Independent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” An Aspen man pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of theft Thursday after the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office decided not to file felony charges against him for allegedly being involved in a robbery of a Glenwood Springs restaurant.

Jesse Coleman, 24, was one of two men arrested on suspicion of a March 6 robbery of BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q located at 112 Sixth St. near the main Glenwood Springs and Interstate 70 intersection.

On March 9, Coleman was advised of the arrest charges of aggravated robbery and conspiracy to commit robbery, but those charges were never filed by the District Attorney’s Office, according to Garfield County Court Deputy District Attorney Andrea Aswad.

Aswad said that Coleman was formally charged with misdemeanor theft on March 18, after the DA’s Office determined that Coleman “was not present or active in the robbery.” The misdemeanor theft charge stemmed from an incident at the West Glenwood Tomahawk Truck Stop the same night of the robbery. Coleman stole property valued at less than $500, Aswad said.

Coleman received six months in jail.

The other accomplice suspected in the BB’s Wings ‘n’ Q robbery, Justin Brink, 26, of El Jebel was charged on March 18 with robbery, aggravated robbery, felony menacing, possession of a real or simulated weapon, and one count of theft. His arraignment hearing is scheduled for April 9.

Glenwood Police arrested the two men on March 6, at a downtown bus stop as they waited for a bus to Aspen.

According to the restaurant’s owner, Janet Balcomb, the two men entered the restaurant around 5:30 p.m. on March 6, and placed a to-go order for food.

She said that they returned a little while later and placed another larger order. While they were waiting for the food, Balcomb said that Brink passed her a note that read he had a gun and to put all the money in the register on the table.

She said that she handed Brink between $500 and $600, he then walked out of the establishment and ran off.

According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, police found multiple knives on both suspects and an air-powered pistol at the time of the arrest.

Coleman requested to be transferred to Pitkin County Jail from Garfield County Jail to serve his sentence. Court records show that Garfield County

Court Judge Paul Metzger agreed to that condition if an agreement could be reached between the jails.

Coleman was also arrested in May 2008 in Pitkin County for allegedly assaulting a man he accused of cheating at cards. In July 2008 he was

arrested and charged with driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to both charges.

While in custody Brink was also arrested for allegedly holding up an Aspen taxi driver at knifepoint in a February 21st incident.

Contact John Gardner: 384-9114

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