Real Life ‘Weekend at Bernie’s’ in Denver

Sep 16, 2011 11:59am

In a real life “Weekend at Bernies,” two Denver men who found their friend dead, allegedly took his body — and his credit card — out for a night of  diners, bar hopping, burritos and a strip club. 

Not only did the two suspects drag around their deceased friend Jeffrey Jarrett, 43, they made him pay for everything, a police report stated. They allegedly used his bank card at an ATM to withdraw money to finance the night on the town, according to the report.

Robert Jeffrey Young, 43, and Mark Rubinson, 25, are charged with identity theft, criminal impersonation and abuse of a corpse, according to the Denver County Court.

On Aug. 27, Young allegedly arrived at Jarrett’s house and found him unconscious. Instead of calling the police or an ambulance, he went to the restaurant where Rubinson was working to tell him that “something is wrong with Jarrett,” according to the police report.

The pair allegedly returned to Jarrett’s house, found him ”unresponsive,” put the body in the car and went to a bar.

“Rubinson and Young go into the restaurant and drink. Jarrett is in the back seat of the car,” Denver Police Officer Ranjan Ford wrote in the police statement. “Rubinson said he and Young use Jarrett’s credit card to pay for the drinks they consumed.”

They also made a stop at a diner before taking the body back to the house and putting it on a bed. They kept the bank card with them and used it to withdraw $400, according to police. The report said the two men ended their night around 4 a.m. after a few more stops, including a burrito restaurant and a strip club.

After the strip club closed, the duo allegedly flagged down a police officer and told him their friend might be dead at his house. When police officers arrived at the house, they “located Jarrett obviously deceased.”

“This is a bizarre and unfortunate crime,” Denver Police Department spokesman Sonny Jackson told the Denver Post. “This isn’t anything you want to have happen to a loved one. You want them treated with respect in death.”

Both of the men are free on bond and neither has been charged in Jarretts’s death. They could not be reached for comment. The cause of death is still unknown. Young is expected in court on Sept. 27 and Rubinson will be in court Oct. 4.

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