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Stabbing suspect will also face drug charges

BEAVER CREEK — A man charged with stabbing someone in the back during a fight will also face drug charges, investigators said Wednesday. Eagle County Sheriff's investigators burned a little shoe leather and found a backpack witnesses say Chase Allen Speegle and Aliyah Dolores McVay brought to a party Saturday night in Beaver Creek's Tarnes employee housing apartments. Witnesses say the backpack contained a "very large quantity" of illegal drugs, including cocaine, a methamphetamine derivative called molly and LSD. They were correct, said Mike McWilliam, Eagle County undersheriff. After interviewing several witnesses, investigators found the backpack in the apartment where Speegle and McVay were staying, in a pile with some of their other belongings. The backpack still contained the drugs, several vials of LSD and at least two ounces of methamphetamine, McWilliam said. Prosecutors have until Friday to finish officially charging Speegle and McVay. Court Appearance The two made their first court appearance Tuesday where Eagle County Judge Katharine Sullivan set Speegle's bond at $10,000 cash and McVay's at $2,000 cash. Prosecutors asked that Speegle's bond get a $25,000 cash bond, citing Speegle's guilty plea to a Douglas County, Wash., assault in August. Speegle, 19, and McVay, 18, walked into a party in one of the Tarnes buildings carrying a tan backpack, witnesses said. Trouble started almost immediately when they opened the backpack to display the narcotics they had inside, witnesses told Eagle County Sheriff's investigators. The apartment's occupants said they didn't want any trouble and asked Speegle and McVay to leave. The two left, but returned a short time later and started a fight, police said. That's when Speegle stabbed the victim in the back with a 7-inch knife. The 24-year-old victim was rushed by Eagle County paramedics to the Vail Valley Medical Center where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses at the party held Speegle down and police quickly arrived. They told police Speegle threatened his victim by saying he was part of a gang. "I've been doing this for 29 years, and he looks nothing like a gang banger," said Thomas Hammond, Speegle's Denver defense attorney during Speegle's first court appearance. After the stabbing, witnesses at the party held Speegle down until police could arrive, police said. Standing at the podium in Sullivan's courtroom, Hammond turned toward Speegle, took a long look into his client's face and listed the cuts, lacerations and then pointed out the blackened left eye. "It looks to me like he's the one who took the brunt of whatever happened," Hammond said. "My understanding is that he was hospitalized after the police came." Both Speegle and McVay are from East Wenatchee, Wash., and told people at the party that they had just arrived in town, witnesses said. Hammond said Speegle and McVay are here on vacation. If they make bail, they'll go home to Washington state, said Hammond and McVay's attorney, Lester Nieves. Speegle was booked into the Eagle County jail on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor false reporting to authorities, misdemeanor trespassing and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. McVay fled the scene with the tan backpack full of drugs. She was quickly arrested and charged with felony destruction of evidence and misdemeanor obstructing a police officer. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Washington man pleads guilty to stabbing, drugs on Monday

EAGLE — A Washington man admitted he stabbed a man in the back during a fight at a party and that he owned the backpack full of drugs that police found. Chase Allen Speegle pleaded guilty Monday to assault and possession of drugs with intent to distribute. On Feb. 15, Speegle, now 20, and Aliyah Dolores McVay, now 19, had just arrived in the valley from East Wenatchee, Washington, and went to a party in The Tarnes, Beaver Creek's employee housing apartments. Trouble started almost immediately when they opened their tan backpack to display the narcotics they had inside, witnesses told Eagle County Sheriff's Office investigators. The apartment's occupants said they didn't want any trouble and asked Speegle and McVay to leave. The two left but returned a short time later and started a fight. That's when Speegle stabbed the victim in the back with a 7-inch knife. The 24-year-old victim was rushed by Eagle County paramedics to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was stitched up and released. After the stabbing, some of the other party-goers "subdued" Speegle until police could arrive. At his initial court appearance last year, Speegle's face was cut and his left eye was black. BACKPACK FULL OF DRUGS When the fight started, McVay disappeared with the backpack and drugs — several vials of LSD and at least 2 ounces of methamphetamine. When police arrived, some of the party-goers led the sheriff's deputies who weren't arresting Speegle to the apartment where Speegle and McVay were staying. That's where deputies found the backpack full of narcotics. Deputies also quickly found McVay and arrested her. Speegle was already in trouble following his guilty plea guilty to a Douglas County, Washington, assault in August 2013. He was released in Washington on a personal recognizance bond and has completed alcohol treatment, he said during Monday's hearing. Along with a stint in jail and probation, prosecutors asked that he pay for his victim's emergency room treatment, about $4,800, and the cost of bringing him back to Eagle County from East Wenatchee for Monday's hearing. He's back in court later this month for sentencing. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Avon fight at Tarnes building ends in stabbing, girlfriend flees with drugs

AVON — Witnesses held down a stabbing suspect at a party until police could arrive to arrest him, police said. Chase Allen Speegle, 19, is in jail after a party at the Tarnes employee housing went bad. He and his girlfriend, Aliyah Dolores McVay, 18, went to a party in one of the Tarnes buildings carrying a tan backpack and almost immediately started trouble. Witnesses say the backpack contained a "very large quantity" of illegal drugs, including cocaine, a methamphetamine derivative called mali and LSD. The apartment's occupants said they didn't want any trouble and asked Speegle and McVay to leave. The two left but returned a short time later and started a fight, police said. Witnesses say Speegle stabbed the victim in the back with a 7-inch knife. Eagle County paramedics rushed the 24-year-old victim to the Vail Valley Medical Center, where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries. Witnesses at the party held Speegle down and police quickly arrived. They arrested Speegle and booked him into the Eagle County jail on charges of felony assault with a deadly weapon, misdemeanor false reporting to authorities, misdemeanor trespassing and illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. BACKPACK Full OF DRUGS MISSING McVay fled the scene with the tan backpack full of drugs. Police quickly tracked her down, but she had already ditched the backpack. She refused to cooperate with authorities, police said. McVay, 18, was arrested and charged with felony destruction of evidence and misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer. She's being held in the Eagle County jail on $2,000 bond. Both Speegle and McVay are from East Wenatchee, Wash., and told people at the party that they had just arrived in town. Police are trying to locate the backpack. Call the Eagle County Sheriff's Office at 970-328-8500 with information. There's a reward up to $1,000. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Man back in jail after assault

EAGLE – Chase Speegle is back in jail after pleading guilty twice, but to slightly different crimes. Last year, Speegle admitted he stabbed a man in the back during a party last winter, and that he owned a backpack full of drugs that police later found. He was sentenced at that time to two-years probation, and ordered to stay out of trouble for those two years. He couldn't do it. Speegle was back in the Eagle County jail late Sunday, and back in District Court Monday morning. An assault charge in Douglas County, Washington, nullified the two-year deferred sentence he received when he pleaded guilty to charges of assault and possession with intent to distribute. In a deferred sentence, criminals are given the opportunity to avoid prison if the can stay out of trouble – in Speegle's case for two years. He returned to Eagle County on Sunday, following a three-week trip through the American West in the van that picked him up in Washington. Standing again before District Court Judge Russell Granger during a Monday morning hearing, he admitted his guilt again. He faces up to six years in state prison and fines up to $500,000. Speegle appeared Monday without an attorney. Judge Granger warned Speegle that without an attorney, he might make a mistake from which he cannot walk back. Speegle, though, pressed ahead and admitted what he had done. "You were pretty fair to me before, and I appreciate that honesty. I don't want to waste the court's time," Speegle said. "Would it help me?" "I think everyone in this court should have an attorney, frankly," Granger replied, and left the door open for Speegle to contact the public defenders office if he chose to. How it all started Speegle, 21, and his teenaged girlfriend at the time had just arrived in the valley from their home in East Wenatchee, Washington, and went to a party in The Tarnes, Beaver Creek's employee housing apartments. Trouble started almost immediately when they opened their tan backpack to display the narcotics they had inside, witnesses told Eagle County Sheriff's Office investigators. The apartment's occupants said they didn't want any trouble and asked Speegle and the woman to leave. The two left, but returned a short time later and started a fight. That's when Speegle stabbed the victim in the back with a 7-inch knife. The 24-year old victim was rushed by Eagle County paramedics to the Vail Valley Medical Center where he was stitched up and released. After the stabbing, some of the other party-goers "subdued" Speegle until police could arrive. When the fight started, Speegle's girlfriend disappeared with the backpack and drugs — several vials of LSD and at least two ounces of methamphetamine. When police arrived, some of the party goers led the Sheriff's deputies to the apartment where Speegle and the woman were staying. That's where deputies found the backpack full of narcotics. Deputies also quickly found the young woman and arrested her as well. When Speegle first arrived in Eagle County, he was already in trouble following his guilty plea guilty to a Douglas County, Washington assault in August 2013. Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

Eagle Cops

Fare Skip A commercial taxi driver contacted Eagle Police recently after a customer failed to pay his $65 fare The driver said he picked up a man at Edwards who asked for a ride to Eagle. The driver informed the man the fare would be about $75, and the customer agreed to the amount. Once the cab arrived at the Eagle address the customer specified, the man handed the driver $10 and said he needed to go inside his house to get the rest of the money. The driver waited for approximately 20 minutes and the customer did not come back with the cash. The driver then called police. When an officer arrived, the driver gave a description of the customer and provided a telephone number the man had given. When officers called the number, they reached a recording that said a voice mailbox had not yet been established. Drunk and confused Eagle Police were called to a local convenience store during the early morning hours of April 20 to help out with a visible intoxicated woman who was emotional and confused. According to the police report, an ECO bus driver called officers after a passenger exited his vehicle at Eagle. He said the woman had taken a backpack that did not belong to her and she had told him she did not know where she lived. When the Eagle officer spoke with the woman, she said she lived in three different neighborhoods around Eagle. She also repeatedly said she needed her cell phone and repeatedly searched her coat pockets and the backpack that did not belong to her in an attempt to find it. The officer reported that the woman was visibly intoxicated and she was very emotional, crying at times and acting agitated at other times. The officer encouraged the woman to go inside the convenience store because it was cold outside. A store clerk offered her some coffee and some food, but she did not eat the items. She was unable to name a friend who could some and get her. The woman told the officer she had consumed two glasses of wine and one shot, but a preliminary breath test showed her blood alcohol level as .350 — more than four times the legal limit for DUI. Because her BAC was so high, the officer called for an ambulance. The emergency crew opted to take the woman to the hospital and Eagle officers made several subsequent attempts to follow up regarding her backpack issue. Miscellaneous Mischief Officers were called to a home on April 13 when the woman inside reported there was a man banging on her back door. When they arrived, they found a visibly intoxicated man at the site, who said he thought he was at his residence, which is located nearby. Because of his intoxicated state, officers told him he would have to go to a detox center or be released to the custody of a sober person. The man was taken to his residence and a sober party was located. A resident of The Bluffs area reported that two UPS packages were stolen from in front of his home on April 16. UPS tracking showed that three packages were delivered to the address but a package containing a guide valued at $99.99 and a guitar stand valued at $8.99 were missing. Officers responded to a report of a fight in progress at a local bar on April 12. The three individuals reportedly involved in the altercation refused to press charges and the man accused of starting the fight has been barred from the establishment.

Man steals Indy racing suit from Vail bar, police say

VAIL, Colorado – It was all supposed to be a prank, claimed a Portland, Ore. man arrested, police say, for felony theft after taking something out of a display case at a Vail Village bar. Anthony Wilkins, Jr., 40 entered a Vail bar with a group of people late June 30, carrying a backpack, according to police reports. A bar employee saw Wilkins leave the backpack near a mounted display case displaying an autographed car racing suit. Later that evening, the employee noticed that the case was broken and the suit was gone. The employee approached Wilkins, looked inside the backpack, saw the suit and called the police, said Commander Craig Bettis of the Vail Police. The suit was valued at a few thousand dollars and was a collectors item, he said. “When the police arrived, Mr. Wilkins immediately admitted to doing it, and he said it was a prank between him and his friends,” Bettis said. Wilkins had been drinking that night, he added. “He was very sorry, and called to ask to apologize to the business and to pay for the damage done to the case and have it remounted,” Bettis said. Staff Writer Melanie Wong can be reached at 970-748-2928 or mwong@vaildaily.com.

Vail hopes for responsible partying Sunday

VAIL, Colorado – Closing day at Vail is a party, a day to reflect on the season and celebrate thousands of collective powder days everyone has enjoyed throughout the season. And while the day is usually cheerful and happy, Vail Mountain officials and local law enforcement say some partiers take the celebration a little too far. Vail Mountain has announced some added enforcement to the rules this year as part of an effort to make sure people celebrate responsibly, specifically at Vail’s Chair 4 at 4 annual party tradition. The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, Vail Police Department, U.S. Forest Service and Vail Ski Patrol will be at the party to ensure it runs smoothly. Vail Mountain Chief Operating Officer Chris Jarnot said the resort is not trying to get in the way of anybody’s good time, but they are trying to make sure that rules are followed so that the good time can continue season after season. “We welcome everybody to come for the last day to celebrate, have a great time and reminisce about what an incredible season it has been,” Jarnot said. “But because of the volume of people we have on top of the mountain, we do some things unlike any other day.” Things like sizing up the backpacks people bring onto the mountain and enforcing the Forest Service’s administrative 4 p.m. closure of the mountain are what skiers and boarders can expect on Sunday. Backpacks must be able to fit into a 5-gallon container – part of the resort’s effort to limit the amount of alcohol people bring onto the mountain. It’s not illegal to drink alcohol on top of Vail Mountain, but officials are discouraging excessive drinking. “If it’s for personal use, that’s fine,” said Don Dressler, the snow ranger for the U.S. Forest Service who will be overseeing his sixth end of the season party Sunday. “We get concerned about excessive use. Then those folks aren’t able to ski themselves safely home and they rely on us to get them down, and that’s not appropriate.” Vail Mountain enforced a zero tolerance snowball policy a few years back and that has worked out well, Dressler said. Since the snowball throwing has ceased, families are now able to come up and enjoy the celebration in a more relaxed setting, Dressler said. “We want people to be able to come to Vail, hang out, say good-bye and celebrate,” Dressler said. “What we don’t want is this to generate into a free-for-all party. Our job is to find that balance.” Many people do find that balance, Jarnot said. For the most part, the day runs smoothly and the majority of people on the mountain are respectful and helpful – everything from helping to clean up trash to shouting a thank-you to ski patrol and other mountain employees for a great season. But a few bad eggs emerge each season and find themselves in trouble. They’ll either refuse to leave the mountain when asked or they’ll get so intoxicated that they aren’t able to ski down. There have also been incidents in the past where folks have tried to assault local police officers. The Forest Service’s 4 p.m. closure means all lifts on the front side of the mountain will shut down. The Vail Ski Patrol will set off explosives around 4:30 p.m. to signal the official end of the season, and at that time everyone is expected to head down off the mountain. With Pond Skimming scheduled at 3:30 p.m. and the Spring Back to Vail final concert scheduled at 5 p.m., officials hope there will be enough exciting off-mountain activities going on that will encourage people to head down from the top of the mountain. Dressler said a 5 p.m. mountain sweep will ensure everyone gets down, and for those who refuse to leave, there will be consequences. Vail Police Chief Dwight Henninger said it’s fine to have a good time Sunday, but people need to be able to care for themselves and get off the mountain safely. “It’s nobody else’s job to do that but yours,” Henninger said. Community Editor Lauren Glendenning can be reached at 970-748-2983 or lglendenning@vaildaily.com.

Aspen cops nab alleged Louis Vuitton thief

A Carbondale teen was arrested Thursday for felony theft after allegedly swiping more than $3,500 worth of goods from a high-end store in downtown Aspen, police said. Samuel Candela-Herrera, 19, was apprehended after an off-duty sheriff's deputy from Texas and his family, who recognized him on the street after witnessing the alleged shoplifting incident, called police and held him on the ground until they arrived, said Aspen police Officer Kirk Wheatley. Candela-Herrera punched the 25-year-old off-duty deputy in the face, bit the man's 49-year-old father on the hand and fought hard with three Aspen police officers on the corner of Hopkins Avenue and Mill Street before he was subdued, Wheatley said. "I think he was on something," said Officer Dan Davis, who helped apprehend the alleged thief. Candela-Herrera had no identification on him and was only identified after Aspen police sent his picture to the Carbondale Police Department's school resource officer, said Aspen Police Detective Jeff Fain. In addition to theft, he was charged with resisting arrest and assault, he said. Police received a call about a shoplifting incident in progress at Louis Vuitton at about 12:30 p.m., Fain said. Store employees reported that Candela-Herrera "was trying stuff on and generally creeping people out in the store," Fain said. At one point, he opened a case of poker chips he was carrying, which worried employees because they thought he might have a gun or a knife, he said. After about 20 minutes, Candela-Herrera attempted to leave through the front door with a black jacket and a gold necklace valued at about $3,600, but an employee blocked his exit, Fain said. The El Paso (Texas) County sheriff's deputy and his family witnessed that portion of the incident, he said. Candela-Herrera then walked to the back of the store, put the jacket and necklace into his backpack and tried to walk out the side door, Fain said. An employee grabbed the backpack, but he grabbed it back and ran out the side door, he said. Not long after, the El Paso County sheriff's deputy and family saw Candela-Herrera at the intersection of Hopkins and Mill, called 911 and detained him until officers arrived, Fain said. When officers got there, they stood him up, but Candela-Herrera began trying to get away and resist. Eventually, they handcuffed him and put a strap around his legs, according to police video of the incident. Police found the Louis Vuitton jacket and necklace in Candela-Herrera's backpack. The items were placed in evidence. jauslander@aspentimes.com

Man accused of staging own kidnapping faces seven charges

EAGLE ” The Vail man who allegedly staged his own kidnapping last month posted bond and moved to Illinois, court papers show. Michael Moore, 35, faces seven charges ” four felonies ” including two counts of aggravated robbery and menacing. The misdemeanor charges are false imprisonment, theft and false reporting to authorities. Moore, who used to work for Trapper’s Cabin in Beaver Creek, posted a $25,000 bond in May and, with the judge’s permission, moved to Mackesney Park, Ill., to work and live with his brother. In a letter to the judge, Moore says he “needed to move for employment to raise money for my legal counsel.” Also in the letter, Moore said he would be back for his June 13 hearing in Eagle, but he failed to appear. So far, no arrest warrant has been issued. Moore wrote another letter to the judge explaining why he wasn’t coming to the hearing, a court clerk said. In the alleged kidnapping hoax, police also arrested an accomplice, Michael George Malovic, 48, of Vail. Malovic allegedly helped Moore stage his own abduction, police said. According to Moore’s booking report, he has a history of domestic violence. His wife filed for divorce a week after the alleged incident happened. Vail Police initially reported Moore was abducted at gunpoint by two men who forced their way into his East Vail apartment May 12 after he answered a knock on the door. He said the abductors ordered him to bind his wife’s hands and ankles with duct tape and then ordered him to produce money. Moore allegedly took his wife’s ATM card and later was video-taped retrieving $400 from an ATM in Vail Village. Police say Moore told his wife to seek a safe place and to wait an hour before calling police, just before he left with the two men. Moore was found in Avon two days later at a friend’s home and arrested. According to the arrest warrant, Moore attended a party in Beaver Creek the night after the incident, when he was still supposedly missing. Witnesses interviewed by police said Moore did not mention being abducted or held at gunpoint. Police also found a receipt for duct tape in a pair of Moore’s pants. An unloaded .22 caliber revolver ” matching Moore’s wife’s description of the weapon used in the incident ” was found in a backpack in a closet in Moore’s apartment, police said. Staff Writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or vwhitney@vaildaily.com. Vail Colorado

Wife of hoax suspect files for divorce

EAGLE – The wife of the Vail man who allegedly staged his own kidnapping with two accomplices last week has filed for divorce. The filing comes eight days after the incident in East Vail.”Of course she’s filing for divorce,” said her attorney, Dave Lugert. “This is a swift, understandable and much-needed response to a horrific crime perpetrated against her.”The woman’s name is being withheld because she is the alleged victim of domestic violence. Vail Police initially reported Moore was abducted at gunpoint by two men who forced their way into his East Vail apartment May 12 after he answered a knock on the door. The abductors allegedly ordered Moore – who told later police he’d taken psychedelic mushrooms earlier in the day – to bind his wife’s hands and ankles with duct tape and then ordered him to produce money. Moore allegedly took his wife’s ATM card and later was video-taped retrieving $400 from an ATM in Vail Village.Police say Moore told his wife to seek a safe place and to wait an hour before calling police, just before he left with the two men. Moore was found in Avon two days later at a friend’s home and arrested last Sunday. According to the arrest warrant, Moore attended a party in Beaver Creek the night after the incident, when he was still supposedly missing. Witnesses interviewed by police said Moore did not mention being abducted or held at gunpoint. Police also found a receipt for duct tape in a pair of Moore’s pants. An unloaded .22 caliber revolver – matching Moore’s wife’s description of the weapon used in the incident – was found in a backpack in a closet in Moore’s apartment, according to the arrest warrant. Moore is charged with false imprisonment, aggravated robbery, menacing, theft, domestic violence and false reporting to authorities. He posted a $25,000 bond Wednesday and was released from jail, and will next appear in court June 13 at 9 a.m. Staff Writer Cliff Thompson can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 450, or cthompson@vaildaily.com.Vail, Colorado