Suspected robber held

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Members of the Durango Police Department arrest Stanford Stringer, 21, Wednesday evening at the DoubleTree hotel on suspicion of felony robbery. Enlarge photo

ISAIAH BRANCH-BOYLE/Durango Herald Members of the Durango Police Department arrest Stanford Stringer, 21, Wednesday evening at the DoubleTree hotel on suspicion of felony robbery.

A Durango man who demanded another manís cellphone and pretended to have a handgun was arrested Wednesday night at the DoubleTree Hotel on suspicion of felony robbery.

Stanford Stringer, 21, was being held Thursday night at the La Plata County jail on $25,000 bail.

The incident occurred about 6:45 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot at the DoubleTree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio, said Ray Shupe, spokesman for the Durango Police Department.

An employee said a drunken man with blood on his face threatened to pull a handgun and gestured toward the small of his back as if he had something there, Shupe said.

The victim walked away and didnít give up his cellphone, he said.

Police arrived and made a felony arrest, meaning they had their guns drawn, Shupe said.

As it turned out, Stringer was unarmed. But the insinuation that he had a gun and was going to use it during the commission of a crime makes it a felony robbery, Shupe said.

ďThe threat of using a handgun to take something by force is what made it aggravated,Ē he said.

Stringer was arrested without incident and taken to Mercy Regional Medical Center to be treated for injuries he suffered to his face before the incident.

Stringer was uncooperative with police but didnít resist arrest, Shupe said.

shane@durangoherald.com

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