- Associated Press - Saturday, November 26, 2016

ASPEN, Colo. (AP) - Authorities say they are seeing more transients living in cars at a park-and-ride in this tony resort town.

Pitkin County sheriff’s deputy Jesse Steindler tells the Aspen Times (https://bit.ly/2gKmHt5 ) that people who sleep in their cars at the Intercept Lot have historically been temporary workers who come to Aspen and stay for a week. But now, he says, deputies are seeing more transients.

Deputy Ryan Turner says an ordinance prohibiting overnight sleeping in public areas would help prevent problems. Deputies in October arrested a man for assault after he used a hatchet to threaten a group of men sleeping in another car at the lot.

The man, 34-year-old Justin Schaaf, told the newspaper he was staying in the lot because he couldn’t afford to live in Aspen. He says the attack was self-defense.

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Information from: The Aspen Times, https://www.aspentimes.com/

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