Two Denver men are accused of abusing a corpse, identity theft and criminal impersonation after an evening reminiscent of the 1989 movie “Weekend at Bernie’s.”
In August, Robert Jeffrey Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, allegedy loaded the dead body of their friend Jeffrey Jarrett in a car and went bar-hopping.
Jarrett was a 43-year-old father who sold real estate. He’d invited Young, a friend from Colorado State University, to live with him for a few months while he got his life back on track, the Denver Post reports. On Aug. 27, Young came home to discover Jarrett dead at the house. Rather than calling 911, he fetched his pal Rubinson.
According to the Denver Post:
A search-warrant affidavit filed in the case outlines the rest of the night:
The pair returned to Jarrett's home, loaded him into Rubinson's Lincoln Navigator and took him to Teddy T's bar and grill. Jarrett's body remained in the back seat while the pair drank on his tab.
"Young stated . . . that it was obvious Jarrett was dead while all three are at Teddy T's," Denver Detective Ranjan Ford wrote in the affidavit.
Then they stopped at Sam's No. 3 before dropping off Jarrett's body back at his home. But they kept the bank card.
Next stop was for a meal at Viva Burrito, and then they somehow withdrew $400 at Shotgun Willie's, remaining at the Glendale strip club until closing time, Ford wrote. It's not clear from the documents whether the pair knew Jarrett's ATM number.
After all the bars had closed, around 4 a.m., the two men finally alerted a Glendale police officer that Jarrett might be dead, the Denver Post reports.
“I’m horrified, I’m absolutely, I can’t even put in to words, I can’t imagine anybody thinking that maybe their friend is in trouble and not calling 911,” a member of Jarrett’s family said to local CBS station KCNC.
Young and Robinson are currently free on bond and have not been charged in Jarrett’s death, the cause of which has yet to be determined.
"This is a bizarre and unfortunate crime," Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson told the press. "This isn't anything you want to have happen to a loved one. You want them treated with respect in death."