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Aspen police believe con man fled from illegal shack

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Posted at 9:00 AM, Nov 03, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-03 11:00:08-04

ASPEN, Colo. -- Aspen police say a man who illegally built a shack on Aspen Mountain is a con man with a long criminal record.

Detective Jeff Fain says he believes James Hogue is now gone from the illegal structure, The Aspen Times reports.

Hogue most recently came to the attention of police in September, when they received a report from Aspen Skiing Co. employees about the illegal structure. Fain says an officer went to speak to the occupant, but the man inside ducked out a window and ran off into the woods.

The insulated cabin had a foundation, a window, a locking front door, a camp stove, laptop computer, satellite radio, lights, a bed, clothing and food.

Hogue has been the subject of stories in The New Yorker, The New York Times, People Magazine and other publications that have detailed his long history of fraudulent behavior.