Two men accused of driving around with a dead friend and using his ATM card to withdraw $400 at a strip club are charged with abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation, the Associated Press reports.
According to the arrest affidavit, Robert Jeffery Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25 went out for one last night of fun with the deceased Jeffrey Jarret on the night of Aug. 27.
The real-life "Weekend at Bernie's" saga just seems to gets more and more strange. 7News reports that Robert Young spoke before a court hearing in Denver Thursday stating that he did not know his friend Jeffrey Jarret was deceased when he and Mark Rubinson went out on the town with his bank card -- Young thought Jarret was just drunk. Young was arrested on suspicion of identity theft and abuse of a corpse.
Meanwhile his accomplice, Rubinson was a no-show for his preliminary hearing Tuesday of this week but was arrested on Wednesday according to the Daily Camera. Rubinson was reportedly arrested when he was found by Boulder police hanging out on the Boulder Creek Path with a group of transients. Abel Ramos, the arresting officer, recognized Rubinson because Rubinson had introduced himself to Ramos several weeks earlier as the "Weekend at Bernie's guy" and showed newspaper clippings that he kept with him to the police officer about the crime.
The Denver Post reports that Jarret, while still living, had invited a financially struggling Young, an old friend from Colorado State University, to stay with him until Young caught a break. But on the night of Aug. 27, Young arrived at Jerret's Denver home to find him unresponsive. Instead of calling 911 to help Jarret (Jarret may or may not have been dead at that point), Young took Jarret's unresponsive body and went to the restaurant where Rubinson worked.
That's when the bizarre real-life version of the movie "Weekend at Bernie's" party began for Young and Rubinson.
7News reports that Young and Rubinson put Jarret's body in the back seat of their car and went on an eating and drinking spree at multiple Denver restaurants and bars including Teddy T's Bar and Grill and Sam's No. 3. The two suspects then went back to Jarret's home and dropped off his body, but they took Jarret's bank card and headed to Shotgun Willie's, a Denver-area strip club, and stayed until the club closed.
Finally after leaving the strip club, around 4 a.m. the two flagged down a Glendale cop and told him that their friend was back at his house and that he might be dead, Fox31 reports.
It's unclear how Jeffrey Jarrett died, but the men are not charged in his death, according to the Associated Press. Robert Jeffrey Young and Mark Rubinson are free on bond but they couldn't be reached for comment Thursday.
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