Aron Ralston, amputee hiker depicted in film ‘127 Hours,’ arrested in Denver

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DENVER — Aron Ralston, the hiker who became famous after he was forced to cut off his own arm to escape from beneath a boulder, was arrested in Denver early Sunday, according to court records.

Ralston, 38, was arrested at 642 Corona St. on misdemeanor charges of assault and wrongs to minors, according to jail records. He was being held in Denver County Jail.

Ralston’s grilfriend of twi years, Vita Stramaglia, was also arrested.

According to the probable cause statement, Ralston was “struck twice in the back of the head with fists by the defendant (Shannon).”

The two had been in an argument regarding Ralston’s other son, police said.  Police made a note that the couple’s 8-week-old daughter was present at the time of the assault, police said.

Vita Shannon

(Photo: Denver police)

Ralson’s father told the Denver Post that the couple got into a heated argument and that “charges and counter charges were filed.”

Ralston was scheduled to appear in court on Monday.

In 2003, Ralston was hiking in a Utah canyon when a boulder upon which he was climbing rolled, pinning his right arm against the canyon wall.

After remaining trapped for about five days, Ralston broke his own forearm and cut himself free with his multitool. The action cost him much of his arm, but likely saved his life.

The ordeal was dramatized in the 2010 movie “127 Hours” starring James Franco.



  • Dan

    Denver Municipal Code:

    Sec. 34-46. Other wrongs to minors.

    It shall be unlawful for any person knowingly, intentionally or negligently and without justifiable excuse, to cause:
    The life of a minor to be endangered;
    The health or physical well-being of a minor to be injured or endangered;
    The punishment or tormenting of any minor not in the legal care, custody or control of such person; or
    The endangerment or impairment of the morals of any minor.
    It shall be unlawful for any person having the legal care, custody or control of any minor knowingly, intentionally or negligently, and without justifiable excuse to:
    Abandon any such minor;
    Torture, torment or cruelly punish any such minor;
    Deprive any such minor of food, clothing or shelter;
    Injure such minor unnecessarily in any other manner; or
    Allow any such minor to be so abandoned; tortured; tormented; cruelly punished; deprived of food, clothing or shelter; or injured unnecessarily in any other manner.
    It shall be unlawful for any person to intentionally or knowingly provide a weapon to any minor.
    It shall be unlawful for any parent or legal guardian of any minor, who knows such minor possesses or has been provided a weapon, to fail to remove the weapon from the minor’s possession or control, unless removing this weapon cannot be accomplished without jeopardizing the safety of the parent or legal guardian.
    In the event that the weapon in the possession of a minor cannot be removed from the possession of the minor by the parent or legal guardian without jeopardizing the safety of the parent or legal guardian, it shall be unlawful for the parent or legal guardian to fail to notify the Denver Police Department that the minor possesses the weapon.
    A weapon, for purposes of this section, shall include, but not be limited to, any pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, machine gun, air gun, gas operated gun, spring gun, sling shot, blackjack, nunchaku, brass knuckles, artificial knuckles of any substance whatsoever, or any switchblade knife, gravity knife, or any knife having a blade greater than three and one-half (3½) inches in any length, or any explosive device, incendiary device or bomb.
    A firearm, for the purposes of this section, means a pistol, revolver, rifle, shotgun, air gun, gas operated gun, or spring gun.
    It shall be an affirmative defense to charges brought under subsections 34-46(c), (d), (e) or (f) that the parent or legal guardian of the minor provided a weapon to the minor or allowed the minor to remain in possession or control of a weapon in the following situations:
    The minor possesses a current and authentic written permit to carry a weapon, issued by the chief of police of a Colorado city, mayor of a Colorado town, or sheriff of a Colorado county; and the carrying of such weapon is within the terms of such permit; or
    The weapon is a household knife, and there are reasonable grounds for the minor having and carrying the knife; or
    The minor possesses or controls the weapon in the course of a lawful act of self-defense or defense of the minor’s home or property; or
    The minor possesses or controls the weapon during the course of, or incidental to, being legally summoned to the aid of a Colorado peace officer or a member of the United States armed forces or the Colorado National Guard in the performance of their duties; or
    The minor possesses or controls the firearm, while accompanied by the minor’s parent or legal guardian, in the course of a bona fide hunting trip; in the sporting use of such firearms at licensed shooting galleries or any other business licensed for the use of firearms; in cleaning or caring for such firearm; or for transportation to or from any of the aforementioned activities, provided that all firearms being transported shall be unloaded when transported to or from such place of use; or
    The minor possesses or controls the firearm, while accompanied by the minor’s parent or legal guardian or an instructor certified by the Colorado Division of Wildlife, while receiving instruction in the safe use of such firearms.
    (Code 1950, § 811.6; Ord. No. 536-93, § 1, 7-12-93)
    State law reference— Wrongs to children, C.R.S. 1973, 18-6-401; reporting of child abuse, C.R.S. 1973, 19-10-101 et seq.

  • Jay

    Because this is a domestic violence dispute, I would assume he hit a kid, a mother holding a kid, or perhaps traumatized a kid while beating the mother. It would be interesting to research the emotional effects of his ordeal. Clearly, Ralston did not fully recover…

  • Fascist Pig

    I’ve known cops, judges, and politicians who could have been arrested for violating the above municipal code!

  • JRS

    Keep in mind this story is from Fox ‘news’…hardly any kind of a reliable source based on their history and ‘news’ quacks.

  • Buck Ofama

    Guess he should have euthanized the little liberal basturds and then eat the evidence.Nobody would miss the little future democrap,mooching thugs!!

  • Ramon

    JRS, Drinking the Kool Aid again? Fox News, according to independent sources, is far superior to the big 3 networks for accurate fair and reporting. You just don’t like them because they don’t promote your biased views.

  • Tom Wisdom (@TWizdom)

    Most of your are missing the part about counter charges being filed and the other party being arrested as well. He was defending himself from an attack by a loon and because of his notoriety, his picture is in the paper. What is the rest of the story?

  • pat

    Perhaps KDVR should hire an editor to skim through articles “written” for their website before they rush to publish stuff like this. Who is Shannon? The mother of the child? If Aron was hit, why was he the one being arrested? If charges and counter charges were filed, what is the rest of the story? This is poorly written at best, and an even worse journalistic effort.

  • JRS

    It’s the best that a faux ‘news’ station can come up…look at their constantly discredited ‘commentators’ and hired guns, Nothing but paid propagandists for the NRA and GOP

  • Stupid Pig

    “Notice that it’s a crime to give a kid a slingshot in Denver.”

    Unless of course the minor has a permit, issued by the chief of police of a Colorado city, mayor of a Colorado town, or sheriff of a Colorado county to carry said slingshot.

  • Ralph

    The one-hand-clapping…err…one-arm-cuffing…is the core of the story.
    The fuzz have to go to a special school (very expensive/elite/for tough guys) to learn how to do it.

  • Jeremy

    No, it’s definitely Faux News that is owned by megalomaniac mogel Rupert Merdoc. But the local edition is a franchise and has nothing to do with the main news network 90% of the time. Some days they play the main news shows, but when reporting on local news, they’re pretty accurate. I have been surprised at their pro pot stance lately.

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