51-year-old arrested in downtown Glenwood vandalism

Bobby Joe Honeycutt
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Bobby Joe Honeycutt, 51, a frequent troublemaker in Glenwood Springs, is the person accused on tipping over several large flowerpots in downtown’s core tourist area early Sunday, police reported.

The police blotter posted Monday morning said the damage was estimated in excess of $1,000 after “officers found nearly every pot and planter overturned and damaged in a multiple-block radius.”

Honeycutt was arrested at about 5:20 a.m. Sunday on suspicion of felony criminal mischief, second-degree criminal tampering and obstructing a peace officer, the latter two being misdemeanors.

Honeycutt is well-known to police. His arrest affidavit said, “Glenwood Springs Police contact Honeycutt on a near-nightly basis.” His Colorado criminal history dates to a drunken-driving arrest in 1992. He has two arrests this year for such things as trespassing, disorderly conduct, harassment and criminal tampering.

The incident created a big mess downtown that city workers cleaned up quickly.

Missy Sickels, general manager of the Riviera Supper Club at Seventh and Grand said that executive chef Mitch Levy arrived at 6 a.m. Sunday to prepare for brunch to find flower pots and planters tipped and their contents strewn on the street.

“It’s very discouraging,” she said. “Everybody worked so hard to make everything so nice. It’s not easy to keep up.”

City workers responded in force to clean up the mess, she said, showing up “before people got out of their hotels.”

“It’s not something you want tourists to see,” she said.

Sickels said that Levy, who took pictures and that Sickels posted on Facebook, saw damage stretched from the Hotel Denver on Seventh past Smoke barbecue on Grand.

The vandalism occurred in an area improved last year with a $1 million investment spearheaded by the Downtown Development Authority to improve some of the public areas in downtown, including a sidewalk expansion along the so-called restaurant row of Seventh Street.

The area appears to have boosted dining, based on city sales tax growth, and has attracted new restaurants, new owners and other business relocations.

Honeycutt’s Colorado arrest record lists more than 30 arrests. A witness described the vandal’s clothing Sunday, which rang a bell with Officer Travis Still.

“I had seen Honeycutt earlier in the night wearing the same clothing,” Still reported.

When police spotted him Sunday morning near Seventh Street pedestrian bridge and attempted to arrest him, the affidavit says, Honeycutt went limp, forcing officers to carry him, then became combative and had to be restrained.

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