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Garfield County sheriff’s deputies: Accused meth dealer shoots up woman’s car

Jessie Armstrong

Garfield County sheriff's deputies arrested a 52-year-old Glenwood Springs man early Saturday morning after reports that he shot up a woman's car in an argument at the Hideout Cabins and Campground on Three Mile Road.

Authorities found the man with nearly 13 grams of methamphetamine, according to a sheriff's report.

A 21-year-old woman, who the campground manager said was squatting at the property, said the suspect, Jessie Armstrong, was at her trailer. She asked him to leave because she didn't feel comfortable with him there, according to an affidavit.

She said he left but later returned and banged on her trailer door. When she opened the door he called her an obscene name and reached into his waistband, making her fear that he was going to pull out his gun, and she closed the door on him.

She heard him say, "We will see how your car works now," according to an affidavit. And she heard five to six gunshots outside.

The sheriff's public information officer, Walter Stowe, didn't have detailed information about the make and model of the car, but he said it was an older sedan valued at less than $1,000. The vehicle was later towed for evidence.

Just before midnight on Friday, sheriff's deputy received reports from several people of shots fired at the trailer park. Some reported seeing a man leave the scene in a red and silver Dodge truck.

Glenwood Springs police stopped the suspect in the 2700 block of Midland Avenue.

Officers discovered him with a revolver, a Smith and Wesson .38 special, with six spent rounds in the cylinder. On the driver's side floor was an open first aid kit containing live and spent rounds.

"I know you saw the needles in the passenger seat, they're not mine, they're [the woman's], I don't shoot meth," he told deputies according to an affidavit.

Inside a lock box investigators found a black tray with white powdery residue, baggies that were suspected to be for packaging illegal drugs for sale and a pink medicine bottle labeled for marijuana but which contained a white crystalline substance that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Deputies discovered 12.93 grams of methamphetamine in the truck.

"I got mad at her and I shot up what I had already fixed," he told deputies. He then quickly said he wanted to speak to a lawyer.

His license was previously revoked, and he was a habitual traffic offender, according to the sheriff's office.

He was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a level 1 drug felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony, and aggravated menacing with a gun, a class 5 felony. He was also arrested on misdemeanors of driving while revoked as a habitual traffic offender, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief of less than $300.

The campground manager on Monday said that the young woman was forcefully removed and cited by sheriff's deputies for trespassing the next day.