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Local kidnapping case continued until December

Jorge Varela
Courtesy Grand County Sheriff

An alleged kidnapping case involving local resident Jorge Varela was back in court Monday though further action on the case was postponed until early December.

Jorge Varela, 29, of Grand County appeared in court Monday with his legal counsel for a preliminary demand, which was continued until 9 a.m. Dec. 3. He faces a series of nine separate criminal charges and four sentence enhancers.

Varela currently faces charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, attempt to commit first-degree assault, menacing, violation of bail bond conditions, third-degree assault and criminal mischief.

In mid-September, Varela was arrested by local law enforcement officials and charged with a series of criminal allegations related to an incident that occurred in Granby the previous day. According to an arrest affidavit, Varela is alleged to have kicked in the front door of a private residence in Granby on Sept. 16. He is then alleged to have held a woman captive at knifepoint while awaiting the arrival of a male individual who lived at the residence.

According to the affidavit, Varela released the female victim when the male individual arrived at the residence and allegedly proceeded to punch the male individual in the face before leaving the scene.

Varela was initially taken into custody on Sept. 17. He appeared in court on Oct. 15 for a preliminary demand proceeding, which was continued until Oct. 29. During the court proceedings on Oct. 15 the court denied a request from Varela for a bond reduction. Varela was later released from custody on Oct. 19 after posting a $50,000 bond in the form of property.

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