Day-long manhunt ends in arrest
ASPEN ” A Snowmass Village man was arrested after a manhunt Saturday after he allegedly fired his handgun during a family dispute in Basalt.
Noe del Val Alvarez of Snowmass Village was arrested on suspicion of illegal discharge of a firearm, reckless endangerment and a prohibited act with a firearm, Basalt police Sgt. Joe Chavira said.
The gunfire occurred outside the Pine Ridge condominium complex on Original Road shortly after 10 a.m. when a family feud apparently turned ugly, Chavira said.
Alvarez and his brother were arguing with their father, who lives at Pine Ridge, Chavira said.
“At this point, we’re still trying to figure out what occurred,” Chavira said.
No one was injured, but neighbors were rattled. The shots were fired into the pavement outside of the father’s condo and at least one round hit the condo building, Chavira said.
Several neighbors called 911 to report the incident.
Chavira said police found shell casings from a .45 caliber handgun, so the shots had to be loud.
The two brothers fled the scene before police arrived. Chavira said he had the men’s names and a vague description that the two Latino men fled in a white truck. Other agencies in the Roaring Fork Valley were advised to be on the lookout for that truck.
Police throughout the valley checked white trucks for the suspects early in the day, but the sheer number of vehicles made the job difficult, Chavira said.
Police received their break at about 7 p.m. when a citizen reported a white pickup driving erratically on Brush Creek Road in Snowmass. The pickup was pulled over.
The passenger in the pickup identified himself as Noe del Val Alvarez, and the connection was made to the shots fired in Snowmass Village, Chavira said.
The arresting officers also saw a handgun in the truck, which was impounded, he said.
Alvarez was booked into Eagle County jail, Chavira said. His age wasn’t available.
The driver of the pickup was arrested for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. Additional information was unavailable Saturday night.
Chavira said even after he questioned Alvarez it was uncertain what the fight with his father was about.