Aron Ralston
Aron Ralston in a red jacket at sunset, in the mountains of Central Colorado, near Independence Pass (Aspen, Colorado). (Collection of Aron Ralston/Wikimedia)

Aron Ralston Jailed in Denver (Updates)

Faces domestic violence charges

Aron Ralston


12 p.m.

Aron Ralston, the hiker who amputated his own forearm to escape from a dislodged boulder in 2003, was arrested Saturday night on domestic violences charges in Denver, Colorado.


According to a Denver Post report, the 38-year-old was jailed on charges of assault and wrongs to minors at the home of Vita Shannon, his 38-year-old girlfriend and mother of their infant son. Shannon was also arrested on a charge of wrongs to minors.

Under Colorado law, domestic violence suspects cannot be granted bail before appearing before a judge; Ralston’s hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. today in Denver County Court.

Ralston’s memior on his near-death experience, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, was adapted into the 2010 film 127 Hours, which starred James Franco as Ralston.

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Update: 2:30 p.m.

At the request of the Denver city attorney, charges of domestic violence against Aron Ralston were dismissed this afternoon.

“There apparently was some type of heated argument, police got involved, charges and counter charges were filed. This is just two people trying to work out a difficult relationships,” his father Larry Ralston told The Denver Post.

Shannon was also charged with assault, one count of wrongs to minors, and an aditional charge of disturbing the peace that was added at her hearing this afternoon. She pleaded not guilt and is scheduled to reappear in court on Friday.

From Outside Magazine, April/May 2021
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Lead Photo: Collection of Aron Ralston/Wikimedia