Accused bank robber claims he’s innocent |

Accused bank robber claims he’s innocent

J.K. PERRYeagle county correspondent

EAGLE – Asa Meek said he spent the entire day of Oct. 18 at home in Edwards while the FirstBank nearby was allegedly robbed.”I need to let the community know I am innocent,” Meek said in a letter presented to the Vail Daily Tuesday at the Eagle County jail. Meek, who is being held at the jail on $50,000 bond, has trouble speaking due to a head injury suffered in a car accident.Both Meek’s roommate Walter Stackhouse and another woman were also at the house the entire day, Meek said. Stackhouse did not immediately return phone messages left for him. Meek is accused of robbing an undisclosed amount of money from the bank with a note reading, “I wont all the money and no die pack Now.”The 61-year-old man, who wears dark-tinted glasses, refutes much of the evidence against him gathered by the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.Investigators said the robber was 5 feet 1 inch tall, wearing a denim jacket. Meek said he is 5 feet 8 inches and does not own a denim jacket. Deputies did not find the jacket or money at his home, Meek said.The teller involved said the man quickly walked away from the building, but a bad hip keeps Meek from walking fast, he said.”I live over two miles away from the bank and I am in poor health to be able to walk that distance, it is totally out of the question,” Meek said.Meek’s next court date is scheduled for March 22, when he will plead not guilty to the robbery charges, according to court records.

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