Oh, the irony. Shortly after we learned Highlands Ranch's Chris Bartkowicz will plead guilty today to federal marijuana counts in exchange for a five-year stipulated sentence, the Denver District Attorney's Office announced that it's charged three men -- Aris Minter, Donjure Walker and Raymond Ramirez -- with stealing pot in two separate incidents. Details and photos below:
In the first case, Minter and Walker are accused of robbery and attempted kidnapping in an attempted theft at a local dispensary. In the second, Ramirez is accused of robbery and trespassing for swiping a plant from a legal MMJ home grow. During the getaway, a car said to have been driven by a Ramirez accomplice reportedly hit the woman who lived at the home. The result: a broken ankle and more.
Below, see photos of Minter, Walker and Ramirez as well as the DA's office release:
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Denver District Attorney's Office release:
CHARGES FILED IN SEPARATE MARIJUANA ROBBERIES
Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey has formally charged three men today in two separate, unrelated marijuana robbery incidents.
Aris Minter (DOB: 04-02-92) and Donjure Walker (DOB: 12-28-89) are each charged with aggravated robbery (F3) and attempted second-degree kidnapping (F4). The charges allege that on October 16, 2010, Minter and Walker entered a marijuana dispensary in the 2000 block of South Huron Street and took cash and dried marijuana from the victim at gunpoint. The defendants were arrested a short time later in Ruby Hill Park.
Minter and Walker remain in custody in the Denver Detention Center; bond is set at $50,000 each. They are scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2300 on October 22, 2010, to be formally advised of the charges.
In a separate, unrelated incident Raymond Ramirez (DOB: 08-05-67) is charged with robbery (F4) and second-degree trespassing (M3). The charges against Ramirez allege that on October 9, 2010, he unlawfully entered the backyard of a home where marijuana for medical use was being grown and stole one of the marijuana plants. The charges further allege that as Ramirez was fleeing the property in a vehicle driven by an unknown accomplice, the driver struck a woman who lived in the home, breaking her ankle and causing significant abrasions.
Ramirez remains in custody in the Denver Detention Center; his bond is set at $75,000. He is scheduled to appear in Denver County Courtroom 2300 on October 22, 2010, to be formally advised of the charges.
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