Teens arrested in Carbondale attack face school expulsion
Carbondale, CO Colorado
CARBONDALE, Colorado ” Seven youths arrested in connection with last week’s assault on two women in Carbondale, Colorado ” including one teen who attended school in Aspen ” have all been suspended from school and could face expulsion, police said Friday.
The suspects, ages 13 to 16, were all arrested on felony charges. They could be tried as adults because of the seriousness of the crime, police said, but that decision ultimately rests with a court judge.
All of the students attended public schools in Glenwood Springs or Carbondale, except for the individual who attended school in Aspen, according to police. They could be expelled for up to one year. Expelled students are not allowed to attend any public school within their own school district during the expulsion and other districts aren’t required to enroll expelled students, police said.
“Each of the students will have the option to attend expulsion school on a separate campus,” said a police press release issued Friday.
Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling, in the press release, called the assault an isolated incident, but said police presence has been stepped up around town.
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“These are misguided youth who made a grave error in judgment and instantly launched themselves into a criminal process with the district attorney,” Schilling said. “They readily confessed to their misdeeds and know they must face the consequences.”
The attack occurred on Jan. 29. Two women, ages 26 and 24, were assaulted by three teenage girls as they walked toward downtown Carbondale. One of the women told the Glenwood Springs Post Independent she was punched in the head, suffering a black eye and several other marks on her face. Her companion suffered similar injuries, she said.
The woman noted the vehicle the girls got into after the attack, as well as its license plate, and called police. Officers later located the vehicle in the City Market parking lot in Carbondale, Shilling said, and ultimately arrested seven teens in connection with the incident.
The three girls reportedly face robbery charges, as well, because they allegedly took a purse belonging to one of the victims.