Courier staff writer
ALAMOSA — A Lakewood man accused of participating in a botched home invasion last August was bound over Monday to district court, after he formally waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Colin Parker Young is scheduled to make his first appearance in front of 12th Judicial District Judge Michael Gonzales on Feb. 11. Two other defendants in the case, Mario Daniel Aragon and David Cordova, are set to appear in court today.
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.
But if he agrees to pay restitution to his alleged victims and pleads guilty to first-degree burglary and unlawful use of a stun gun, the district attorney’s office will dismiss the remaining counts against him.
Young, along with Aragon, Cordova and Joseph Ankeney, was arrested in connection with an alleged Aug. 29 break-in at a couple’s home in the 1200 block of State Avenue.
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 placed 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.
Initially, emergency responders transported Young to San Luis Valley Regional Medical Center. But his injuries were so severe that he was later flown to a Lakewood hospital for additional treatment.
He was released from the facility one to two weeks later, and he remained free until late November, when he voluntarily turned himself in to authorities.
As of Monday, he was still in custody. But if he can post a $100,000 cash or surety bond, Young may be able to return home to Lakewood.
Alamosa County Judge Daniel Walzl approved Salida defense attorney Ramsey Lama’s motion to lower the original bond amount from $500,000, provided that Young enrolls in a pre-trial tracking program and follows the court’s orders.
Deputy District Attorney Mark Loy objected to the motion on the grounds that the alleged victims in the case remain “pretty upset” about the incident. In fact, he said, they oppose the plea agreement that the district attorney’s office brought to the table.
But the judge was ultimately swayed by court testimony from one of Young’s relatives, who said under oath that she and other family members will ensure that he makes it back to court.