Felony charges dismissed against Steamboat Springs 20-year-old
June 13, 2013
Steamboat Springs — A July trial has been canceled for a 20-year-old Steamboat Springs man accused of being involved in a November 2012 incident in which police said a man was threatened with a knife, kidnapped and taken to a bank to withdraw money.
The trial was canceled because the Routt County District Attorney's Office dropped all charges against Rylan Laszewski.
According to court documents, the case was dropped because prosecutors couldn't prove the charges, there was no evidence a knife was used, there are doubts the victim was kidnapped, and because Laszewski’s involvement was “minimal at best.”
Laszewski originally had been charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary and aggravated robbery.
Two other men involved in the incident have pleaded guilty to felonies.
According to police, the 21-year-old victim told police Bruce S. Lobban, 35, Jacob M. Humpal, 21, and Laszewski came into his home in the 300 block of Old Fish Creek Falls Road and that Laszewski was holding a knife and demanding money. The victim told police he owed one of the men $1,000 related to an eight-month-old drug debt.
After telling the men he did not have the money at the house, the victim told police he was forced into a car and driven to the Wells Fargo bank at Third Street and Lincoln Avenue to withdraw cash, police said.
As part of a plea agreement Lobban will have a felony on his record after pleading guilty to criminal possession of a financial device. He was originally charged with first-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and criminal possession of an identification document. Lobban was not sentenced to jail. He had to pay $1,191.50 in fees, will be on supervised probation for one year, has to perform 42 hours of community service and write a letter of apology to the victim.
Humpal pleaded guilty to felony trespassing, but the charge will be dismissed if he follows the conditions of probation for 30 months. Humpal was sentenced to seven days in jail and given credit for the seven days he had already spent in jail. He was ordered to pay $1,947.80 in fees, has to complete 100 hours of community service and make a $100 donation to Partners of Routt County.
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