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Teen suspects to return to Aurora

Routt County Sheriff's Office deputies investigate a stolen car found on Routt County Road 7.
Matt Stensland

— The Routt County District Attorney’s Office, for now, will not be pursuing charges against the three male juveniles suspected of an armed carjacking in Aurora.

In Routt County, the teens faced charges of criminal mischief, first-degree criminal trespassing and second-degree burglary. The charges were related to a potentially dangerous situation that unraveled near Yampa Friday morning.

A resident called police after seeing three suspicious teens walking down the road. Police found the stolen vehicle stuck on a snow-covered road. The teens were apprehended after a negotiator convinced them to come out of an unoccupied house they were holed up in.

In Aurora, the teens face charges of kidnapping and aggravated robbery.

“Because the allegations in the 18th Judicial District involve gun violence, kidnapping and carjacking, and because the allegations in Routt County involve property crime only, law enforcement authorities in the 18th Judicial District have requested priority be given to their case, so as to avoid unnecessary delay,” Assistant District Attorney Matt Karzen wrote in a motion filed with the court.

The juveniles are being held at a youth detention facility in Grand Junction and are expected to be taken back to Aurora this week.

“After consulting with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office (Arapahoe County), we concluded that addressing the allegations of gun violence during a carjacking in Aurora should take first priority over property crimes committed in Routt County,” District Attorney Brett Barkey said in a news release. “Having said that, we will continue to work closely with authorities in the 18th Judicial District to ensure the rights and interests of our local victim are protected.”

The Routt County cases have been dismissed without prejudice, meaning the District Attorney’s Office can choose to re-file the case.

Barkey commended local law enforcement for ending the incident peacefully.

“Our local law enforcement officers did an outstanding job apprehending these fugitives last Friday without further incident or injury to anyone,” Barkey said. “Our community is fortunate to be served by such dedicated professionals.”

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