Crime Briefs: Gun theft and road rage with a BB gun |

Crime Briefs: Gun theft and road rage with a BB gun


Wednesday at approximately 7:37 p.m. a deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a female party alleging assault and gun theft.

Upon arriving at the Glenwood Springs-area residence where the alleged incident occurred, the female advised that her brother-in-law had “assaulted her, pushed her down, took a gun and left in a gold colored Toyota,” according to the warrantless arrest affidavit.

The day before, the male party had inquired about a serial number on the Springfield Armory Rifle, which he had allegedly given to the female’s 93-year-old father 25 years earlier.

After showing up “unannounced” the following day, the 70-year-old suspect told the female party that he wanted to check on his father-in-law and needed to see the serial number on the rifle. The female handed the rifle to the male party who then told her, “that he was just going to keep it.”

According to the affidavit, when the female attempted to take the rifle back she was pushed onto a “storage tote in the garage” and stated that the male “flipped her off as he was driving away.”

The male was later booked into the Garfield County Jail on charges of robbery and third-degree assault.


On June 13 at approximately 6:53 a.m., a male driving eastbound on I-70 near New Castle advised dispatch that another driver had pulled out a gun.

According to the reporting party, the driver was in a “white Chevy Blazer with a baseball hat, mustache and beard” and had taken exit 111 following the alleged incident.

A deputy with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and an officer with the Glenwood Springs Police Department conducted a “high risk stop” on the Chevy Blazer, after which its 40-year-old male driver was purportedly compliant and cooperative.

According to the warrantless arrest affidavit, the suspect stated “he was mad because a white car was speeding and that he only pointed his finger towards the driver of the speeding car to slow down.”

The male subject in question further advised that he had a BB gun between his passenger seat and middle console.

The reporting party later said that, although the “gun was not directly pointed at him but at an angle,” that he was still “afraid for his life.”

After the reporting party confirmed a “silver slide” detail on the BB gun, the 40-year-old male was transported to the Garfield County Jail and charged with menacing.

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