Arrested woman says Congressman Tom Tancredo is her uncle |

Arrested woman says Congressman Tom Tancredo is her uncle

Pete FowlerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Crystal Ann Tancredo

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. A woman who told police Colorado Congressman and presidential candidate Tom Tancredo is her uncle was recently arrested in New Castle after an alleged racially motivated altercation.New Castle Police arrested Crystal Ann Tancredo, 26, outside the Burning Mountain Bowl shortly before midnight Sept. 4. She was booked into the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of second-degree assault on a peace officer, ethnic intimidation, resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct.Tancredo posted a $7,000 bond shortly after the arrest, according to the Garfield County Combined Courts office.Carlos Espinosa, a press secretary to Rep. Tom Tancredo, said, “Tom said that he is not aware of any relative, niece or anyone related to him that he’s aware of by the name Crystal Ann or anything along those lines.”He added that it’s always possible that there could be some distant relation, but “as far as anyone he’s ever met, no.”According to an arrest affidavit, a New Castle Police officer heard loud voices and swearing as several people walked from a patio near the bar at the Burning Mountain Bowl to its parking lot. He told them to “knock it off” and identified himself as a police officer.”I believed that a fight was on the verge of breaking out,” the officer wrote.The officer separated the parties, two of whom turned out to be Crystal Tancredo and her boyfriend. Both said they had nothing to do with the altercation and were leaving. But the officer wrote in his affidavit that a bartender later said Tancredo pushed a male in the chest.The affidavit says while the officer was waiting to hear back from dispatch, Tancredo was yelling at the man police believe was pushed, calling him a “(expletive) wetback” and saying that he and the others don’t even have their immigration papers. The “enraged” man the officer believe was pushed yelled back at Tancredo, the affidavit says.The officer told Tancredo to stop using foul language and she continued, saying that her uncle is Tom Tancredo, the elected official who is running for President, according to the affidavit.The officer told Crystal Tancredo’s boyfriend, Miguel Angel Velasquez, that he was under arrest for a restraining order violation. Tancredo became very upset and refused to move away from Velasquez, the affidavit says, stating something like, “I don’t have to move, my uncle is Tom Tancredo.”The officer arrested Velasquez and attempted to hand Tancredo’s driver’s license back to her so she could leave. Tancredo grabbed the license forcefully and slapped the officer’s hand, according to police.”When Tancredo slapped my hand, I felt an overwhelming amount of pain in my right wrist,” the officer wrote.Tancredo was instructed to leave or she would be arrested, when she yelled, “What, you are going to take the wetback’s word over ours? We are Americans,” the affidavit says.She demanded Velasquez’ debit card to bond him out of jail and at one point broke loose of his sister’s bear-hug to approach the officer and demand the debit card again, the affidavit says. The officer wrote that she resisted while he handcuffed her.On Wednesday, the 9th Judicial District Attorney’s Office opted not to file the assault on a peace officer charge or the ethnic intimidation charge, instead filing only misdemeanor charges of resisting arrest, harassment and disorderly conduct. Crystal Tancredo is scheduled to appear on Sept. 26 in Rifle associate county court.Tom Tancredo, whose campaign Web site describes him as a life-long conservative with nearly a decade of experience in Congress, announced on April 2 that he would run for the Republican presidential nomination.Contact Pete Fowler: 945-8515, ext. 16611pfowler@postindependent.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO

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