Police arrest suspect in Paddy’s robbery
EAGLE-VAIL – Robert Favreau saw the blow coming out of the corner of his eye and ducked.”I was lucky. I saw a tire iron being swung down to my head. He still hit me, but I have a small bump. It could have killed me,” said Favreau, a bartender who was working at Paddy’s restaurant in Eagle-Vail when two men robbed it around 2 a.m. Monday.After a search that lasted most of the morning, Eagle County sheriff’s deputies arrested Edwards resident Nicandro Castrejon, who they said confessed to the robbery. By Monday afternoon, Castrejon remained in the Eagle County jail, with a bond of $15,000.Officers are still looking for the other suspect in the robbery and have issued an arrest warrant for Gilberto Chavez, 37, on suspicion of aggravated robbery, theft, first-degree burglary and second-degree assault. His bond has been placed at $25,000.
Castrejon told deputies that he and Chavez had hidden behind the computer in Paddy’s and Chavez hit Favreau with a tire iron, according to the Sheriff’s Office. The two men took the restaurant’s cash drawer with about $700 in it.The robbery happened while Favreau, 32, of Avon, was getting ready to lock up, according to the Sheriff’s Office.”I threw chairs at them,” Favreau said. “They demanded the money, and I gave them what I had.”According to the Sheriff’s Office, the two men were wearing masks and ball caps.At about 2:13 a.m., Avon police, who had been informed of the robbery, saw a car in the Sunridge apartment complex in Avon with two men who matched the description of the suspects and chased them on foot, according to the report on the incident.
They did not catch the suspects then, but the police found the two tire irons, a cash drawer and a stack of overdue bills that had the name of Gilberto Chavez in the glove compartment of the car, according to the report.At 11 a.m., deputies arrested Castrejon, who fit the description of the suspect in the robbery, in Edwards.Eagle County Sheriff’s Deputy Griffin Wright said in the report that Chavez and Castrejon had been suspects in earlier theft incidents at Paddy’s, which he had handled.”We know who they are. They’re two former employees, kitchen people who were fired over a year ago,” said Dale Ohde, Paddy’s owner.Ohde also described something that happened to him last week that he said could be related to the robbery.
“I was walking to the bank in Avon and a Mexican tried to grab my deposit bag out of my hand. It could have been one of these kids,” he said. “They know the routine, when we go to the bank.”Favreau said he was impressed with the sheriff’s deputies’ quick response Monday.”I’m still sore,” said Favreau, showing a red bump on his left thigh where he was also struck by the tire iron. “But I was lucky.” Anyone with information on Gilberto Chavez is asked to call the Sheriff’s Office at 328-8500 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-962-TIPS or 328-7007.Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at (970) 949-0555, ext. 454, or email@example.com.Vail Colorado