The Sopris Sun

Suspects flee in red Mustang, busted in green Honda

John Colson

Sopris Sun correspondent

The two suspects in Monday morning’s marijuana shop armed robbery snagged $1,000 in cash and $3,500 in related product, allegedly fled the store in a stolen red Mustang, and were apprehended south of Glenwood Springs at the intersection of Four Mile and Dry Park roads.

That’s the long and short of Carbondale police reports, an arrest affidavit and Sopris Sun interviews. As of Wednesday afternoon, three young men were in Garfield County Jail while a juvenile had been released to his parents. All four were arrested for armed robbery of the Sweet Leaf cannabis shop on Village Road, following a manhunt that involved four different law enforcement agencies and the area’s district attorney’s office.

The escapade started on Monday morning when two men walked into the Sweet Leaf cannabis shop and one of the men brandished a gun, according to police, and later walked out with cash and goods from the shop. The arrest affidavit said the men were wearing camouflaged masks and socks on their hands when they entered the shop.

Police were alerted to the incident at shortly after 10 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement from the Carbondale Police Department, and were told that the two male suspects had left in a red Ford Mustang.

Officers from the Glenwood Springs Police Department and the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office reportedly then joined the hunt, to be joined later by the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office personnel and the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, according to official statements.

According to reports, police got calls that morning from citizens who had spotted the Mustang on a couple of different county roads west of Carbondale, and the car ultimately was found by county deputy sheriffs ditched along Garfield County Road 108. Police at that point started looking for another car, believing that the suspects had switched vehicles and that others were involved.

Deputies later stopped a green Honda with four people inside, along CR 125 and CR117, concluding that two of those in the Honda matched the description of the robbers.

After questioning, all four in the Honda were arrested and charged.

The suspects are Arturo-Nuño Cervantes, 20, and Erick Jose Colon, 25, both of Glenwood Sprints; Bryan Flores-Calix, 19, of Silt, and the unidentified minor.

The suspects all are charged with armed robbery of a controlled substance and conspiracy to commit armed robbery, both felonies, and false imprisonment, a misdemeanor. The bonds for Cervantes and Colon was set at $200,000 respectively.

This is the second reported armed robbery of a cannabis shop in this area this year.

Hayden May, 21, is facing trial over charges that on July 28 he walked into the Stash cannabis store in Aspen, where he had once worked, and stole cash and product after brandishing a hammer.

He reportedly then stole a 2007 Chevy Tahoe from a former employee of the shop and left, heading east. He was arrested in St. Louis, Mo., following a car chase with police that topped speeds of 100 miles per hour, according to published reports.

– Lynn Burton contributed to this report

Published in The Sopris Sun on December 10, 2015.