A Bayfield man accused of robbing a medical marijuana shop was taken into custody Thursday morning after a judge reset his bail.
Logan Griffith, 19, was arrested two weeks ago on suspicion of robbing Rocky Mountain High.
Judge Jeffrey Wilson set Griffith’s bail at $50,000. He had been released on personal recognizance by La Plata County Judge Martha Minot after his original arrest. Now, he will be held in jail until his bail can be posted.
The 6th Judicial District Attorney’s Office filed a motion to reconsider Griffith’s bail because all the facts of the case were not presented to Minot, said Deputy District Attorney Reid Stewart.
Griffith confessed to police that he had conspired with his father, Joe Griffith, to rob the marijuana dispensary, according to an arrest affidavit. Joe Griffith posed as a customer at the shop while his son robbed it, according to police.
Logan Griffith is suspected of entering the business wearing a dark hoodie and a ski mask and carrying a loaded semi-automatic handgun. He ordered an employee to open a cash register and a safe, police said. He used duct tape and zip ties to bind two employees and a “customer,” who actually was his father.
Shortly after the robbery, Logan Griffith was found with about $3,000 in cash, according to an arrest affidavit.
He also was carrying a “copious” amount of packaged marijuana at the time of his arrest, said Lt. Darrell Robertson with the Durango Police Department.
Griffith later told police he planned to cut off the fingers or toes of anyone who refused to cooperate, according to an arrest affidavit. He also said he would have shot anyone who attempted to fight him, the documents said.
Wilson called the allegations troubling and cited Griffith’s plan to torture employees and shoot them as the main reason behind his decision to change the bail.
“The community needs to be protected,” he said.
Logan Griffith was handcuffed and taken into custody after Thursday’s hearing.
Public Defender John Moran argued the change was unnecessary. He said Griffith’s presence in court Thursday was proof he would appear in court. This is the first time he has been arrested.
He also called the bail unfair because Griffith doesn’t have any money.
“We’re not supposed to set excessive bail to keep people in jail,” Moran said.
Minot set Joe Griffith’s bail at $100,000. He remained in jail as of Thursday.