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Suspect in string of S. Jeffco robberies pleads not guilty

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By Deborah Swearingen

The man accused of robbing several South Jeffco businesses in December pleaded not guilty Monday morning to charges of first-degree kidnapping, aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and menacing.

Edward Roy Barron, 31, was arrested Dec. 10 after police accuse him of carjacking a 27-year-old Lakewood man around 4 a.m. Dec. 9. He approached the man at gunpoint when he was leaving his apartment to go to work. The suspect reportedly forced the Lakewood man to drive the car — a red Nissan sedan with Florida plates — around the area before the man convinced the suspect to allow him to drive to work.

Barron drove to a CVS Pharmacy, located at 9936 W. Bowles Ave., at 9 a.m., when it opened, and he stole narcotics. Two hours later, he robbed a Bank of the West, located at 8184 S. Kipling Parkway, and fled on foot from there. He invaded a home in the 8000 block of Trinchera Peak in Littleton, where he attempted to steal the homeowner’s vehicle. The homeowner escaped and ran to a neighbor’s house, and the suspect left on foot. He was contacted by the sheriff’s office about a block away.

When Jeffco deputies arrived on scene, the suspect began consuming the narcotics he stole from CVS, according to Jeffco Sheriff’s Office spokesman Mark Techmeyer. Deputies placed him in custody without issue and transported him to the hospital for evaluation.

Barron is being held at the Jeffco jail on a $1 million bond. He will return to court March 12 for a pretrial conference.