Dotsero man faces up to 24 years in prison in 2015 crime spree
EAGLE — A Dotsero man faces up to 24 years in prison for his part in what may be one of Eagle County’s most incompetent crime sprees.
Arnaldo Lucero-Almanza admitted he was Jesus Miranda’s lookout and stashed clothing for Miranda the night before Miranda failed in trying to rob two check cashing stores at gunpoint within a half hour – first Dinero Rapido in Eagle and second Tienda Montes in Gypsum less than 30 minutes later. Miranda got no money from either store.
Lucero-Almanza admitted he contributed to the delinquency of a minor – the 17-year-old girl who rode along with Miranda during the robberies, conspiracy to commit robbery and aggravated robbery. They’re all felonies.
Lucero-Armanza originally faced 13 felonies, including attempted second degree murder.
Lucero-Almanza is our guest in the Eagle County Crossbar Hotel, awaiting his March 15 sentencing.
A fourth alleged member of the Incompetent Criminal Quartet, Mateo Serna-Gutierrez, is charged with being an accessory to a crime, also a felony.
The whole thing started the afternoon of Sept. 4, 2015, with Miranda’s attempt to rob those two check cashing stores. Miranda was leaving the Gypsum store, with no money, when a Good Samaritan stopped him. The two struggled for control of the 9 millimeter handgun Miranda was brandishing. The man was shot three times but has since recovered.
Miranda pleaded guilty to all sorts of felonies, and is serving a 42-year prison sentence.
The teenaged girl pleaded guilty two her part in the incompetent crime spree and is serving a six-year sentence, half in juvenile detention and half in state prison.
The ski racer turned hotelier who was close to President Ford embodied the soul of Vail for nearly 60 years.