Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — A second man accused of participating in a botched August robbery attempt is open to negotiations with prosecutors, but one of his alleged conspirators is proceeding in a different direction.
Mario Daniel Aragon waived his right to a preliminary hearing last month in consideration of a plea agreement. In doing so, the 40-year-old San Luis man joined David Cordova, who previously indicated that he was willing to work out a deal with the district attorney’s office.
If Aragon pleads guilty to aggravated robbery and use of a stun gun, the DA’s office would drop additional charges of first-degree kidnapping, second-degree assault, conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery, second-degree burglary and misdemeanor theft. It would also agree not to file additional charges stemming from an alleged Aug. 7 offense.
A third defendant, Colin Parker Young, is seeking to exercise his right to remain silent and his right against self-incrimination. Salida defense attorney Ramsey Lama has also filed a motion for a protective order, which seeks to limit his client’s contact with authorities during official interviews.
Young currently faces nine charges, including two counts of first-degree kidnapping, two counts of conspiracy to commit first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, second-degree assault, use of a stun gun and misdemeanor theft.
Authorities say the three men, along with Lakewood resident Joseph Ankeney, forced their way into a home in the 1200 block of State Avenue on Aug. 29.
Alamosa Police Department units first responded to the scene after a dispatcher heard someone screaming in the background on the other end of a 911 call.
When they arrived, they spotted Aragon, Cordova and Ankeney running from the south alleyway off the 500 block of 12th Street; the three men were quickly apprehended.
Both Aragon and Cordova allegedly told police that all four men planned to rob the male victim of his money, drugs and electronics. According to an official report on the incident, they said they planned to steal one of the man’s vehicles and then drive it to Denver, where they would meet and disperse the items they’d stolen.
Police say it wasn’t the first time that at least two of the suspects tried to rob the man.
Cordova and Aragon allegedly admitted that they were involved in two previous attempts. Both attempts failed, they said, according to the police report.
The male victim told police that during the Aug. 29 incident, the alleged assailants offered to let the couple go if they told them where their money and drugs were hidden. But they threatened to kill him if he didn’t cooperate, he said.
According to the man’s version of events, Aragon, Ankeney and Young assaulted him, while Cordova allegedly chased after the woman, who managed to place the 911 call.
While Cordova allegedly restrained the woman, the man told police that the other assailants used the stun gun on him; Young also struck him several times with a metal hammer, he said.
At some point, though, the victim gained control of the hammer, and then used it on his alleged assailant.
When authorities arrived at the house, they found a badly injured Young bleeding on the kitchen floor inside.
The man told police that he assaulted Young because he feared for his own life, and that of his partner.
Young was initially transported to San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center, but he was later flown to a Denver-area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. He was released from the facility one to two weeks later.
Young, whose home address and age are not on file, is currently in custody on a $500,000 cash or surety bond. At his attorney’s request, Young’s preliminary hearing was continued from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4.
In the meantime, Aragon is scheduled to appear at a bond reduction hearing on Jan. 7, while Cordova’s next court date is set for Jan. 10.