Carbondale armed-robbery suspects taken into custody

Feb 21, 2017

Benjamin Weeks (left) and Nicholas Alexander Ameral (right) are both 19 years old.

The two men who are suspected of robbing a convenience store at gunpoint last week in Carbondale have safely been taken into custody.

Police shut down Riverside and Cottonwood Drive last night in Basalt, while making the arrests. Both roads reopened shortly thereafter.

Nicholas Ameral and Benjamin Weeks, both 19, were identified on a RFTA bus Tuesday morning headed downvalley.

When police pulled the bus over, the two men escaped from the emergency exit window, then fled into the hills behind the Roaring Fork Golf Club.

Various media reported the search for Ameral and Weeks shifted to Eagle County on Wednesday night when a cell phone belonging to one of the suspects was traced there. 

UPDATED Feb. 22: The two men suspected of robbing a convenience store in Carbondale on Thursday are currently being hunted in the mid-valley by law enforcement. They are considered armed and dangerous.

The search for Nicholas Alexander Ameral and Benjamin Weeks, both 19, began when a RFTA driver identified the two men on his bus around 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday and notified authorities.

Officers from Pitkin County’s Sheriff Department, Snowmass and Basalt conducted a traffic stop. The two men escaped from the emergency exit of the bus, then fled on foot into the area above Roaring Fork Golf Club.

Authorities are asking that the public be on the lookout for the suspects and keep all doors locked.