No lower bond in ACZ case

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A judge on Wednesday refused to lower the bond for a man accused of breaking into ACZ Laboratories Inc. and damaging property.

Brian Fatjo, 25, of Hayden, appeared in court Wednesday. He is charged with second-degree burglary and criminal mischief. He is being held in the Routt County Jail on $40,000 bond.

On Sept. 7, Fatjo was discovered outside of the lab, which had been vandalized, police said. Computer monitors had been thrown to the floor and glass bottles and beakers broken. Police allege Fatjo was intoxicated.

At Wednesday's status hearing, public defender Gale Morrison argued Fatjo, who lived in Hayden for nine months and in Colorado his entire life, is not a flight risk. Morrison asked Routt County Judge James Garrecht to reduce Fatjo's bond.

But the District Attorney's Office said Fatjo was under intense supervised probation when he was arrested. The District Attorney's Office said Fatjo previously was convicted of possession of a scheduled II substance and has had his license revoked. The District Attorney's Office raised concerns about Fatjo making his court appearance and the threat he posed to the community.

Garrecht did not change the $40,000 bond and set a preliminary hearing date for Oct. 15.

Police said Fatjo was found lying in the grass outside the lab on Downhill Drive. He was wearing nothing but a T-shirt and boxer shorts, police said. Police said they found broken glass, chemical spills, a trail of blood, wet tennis shoes and socks, and a pair of blue jeans with Fatjo's wallet, checkbook and ID in the pocket. Police believe Fatjo spilled chemicals on his clothing and made a 911 call from inside the building.

Police bumped the burglary charge from a Class 4 to a Class 3 felony because they suspect Fatjo broke into the building to obtain chemicals for manufacturing a controlled substance.

-- To reach Christine Metz call 871-4229

or e-mail cmetz@steamboatpilot.com

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