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Ritz Bachelor Gulch owner opts to fight felony charges

Salomon Juan Marcos Villareal, left, pleaded not guilty Monday to four felony charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. His trial is scheduled for early 2017.
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EAGLE — A Mexican textile manufacturer and the owner of the Ritz-Carlton Bachelor Gulch decided to fight four felony charges at a jury trial.

Salomon Juan Marcos Villareal pleaded not guilty to four felony counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

The four felonies stem from a party in his Bachelor Gulch home that attracted dozens of revelers, many underage.

He faces up to six years on each count, since each count alleges a different victim.

His trial is scheduled for January.

What police say happened

A New Year’s Eve party at Marcos Villareal’s Bachelor Gulch home, 3186 Day Break Ridge, attracted as many as 50 people, maybe more, and many of those people were underage, according to an arrest affidavit from the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

A basement room under Marcos Villareal’s home, estimated as the size of some basketball courts, is where much of the party happened, the affidavit said.

When the guests entered the room, they found an open bar and no one was checking IDs, the affidavit said.

According to the affidavit, Marcos Villareal was helping people younger than 21 years old consume alcohol, especially Patron tequila and Cristal champagne. He was dressed for the holidays, the affidavit said, wearing a Christmas sweater with Santa Claus on it, a velvet shirt and a purple scarf.

The home is a large log-style mansion with a stone driveway that leads to a set of huge double doors, the main entrance to the home.

Grupo Denim

Salomon Juan Marcos Villarreal, 43, is president of Grupo Denim, a textile manufacturer with operations in the Mexico, Nicaragua and the U.S. The company started in the 1950s with his grandfather, Antonio Juan Marcos. They make clothing for Wrangler, Lee and Tommy Hilfiger.

He is a member of the Juan Marcos family from Coahuila, Mexico, which generated several businessmen and politicians, and is the son of congressman Salomon Juan Marcos Issa and his wife, Rocio Villarreal Asunsolo.

Marcos Villarreal’s GD Holdings LLC acquired 50 percent ownership of the Ritz-Carlton in 2009 from Miami-based Gencom Group.

Along with textile manufacturing, Marcos Villareal’s GD Holdings is also a real estate investment company whose assets include Denver’s Four Seasons Hotel and Personal Residences, as well as other hotels and commercial properties.

Grupo Denim also owns an international charter airline business.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.

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