Crime Briefs: Suspected escort accused of biting cop
A woman who overstayed her welcome at a Carbondale hotel ended up under arrest after biting an officer — among other problems, documents say.
Zoie Martin-Macko, 21, of Denver, tried checking into the Carbondale Comfort Inn and Suites on the morning of June 20, but her credit card was declined. She stayed and slept in the lobby for “several hours” according to her arrest affidavit.
The front desk worker, who feared losing his job, called police to report Martin-Macko trespassing.
An officer came to the hotel and spoke with Martin-Macko. The officer checked her background and found her on an escort website and also found an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. Martin-Macko gave him a false birthdate, the document said, and said her driver left her in Carbondale and went back to Denver with money she had in the car.
The officer offered her help, but Martin-Macko began to walk away. She refused any further orders before the officer tried placing her under arrest. At that point, the affidavit said, she bit the officer’s arm, leaving a bruise. The officer called out for help in the lobby and two guests aided in the arrest.
The officer later reported finding prescription pills and syringes in her baggage. The officer asked if she wanted help getting out of prostitution and Martin-Macko said no, according to the affidavit.
Martin-Macko was arrested for felony assault, two counts of felony possession of controlled substance, felony impersonation, misdemeanor trespass, misdemeanor obstruction, misdemeanor failure to appear and petty possession.
ATTEMPTED HEROIN SALE AT TWO RIVERS
A man is accused of trying to sell heroin in Two Rivers Park in the evening of June 23.
Jacques Badon, 32, of Basalt, was in the park after hours when he walked up to a couple and tried selling them heroin, Glenwood Springs police said in an arrest affidavit.
Officers approaching Badon said they saw two knives in the car. Badon was first arrested for trespassing. Officers then searched the car with a drug dog and found heroin, needles and other materials to use and sell heroin. Other drug tablets, a torch and methamphetamine paraphernalia were also found.
Badon was arrested for felony distribution, two counts of felony possession, misdemeanor possession, petty possession and petty trespass.
The Red Mountain Inn in Glenwood reported a burglary from its laundry machines on in the afternoon of June 22.
Glenwood police responded and, according to the affidavit, the coin collector was found empty and machines were damaged by tools used for tampering. Michael Anderson, 28, of Gypsum, was discovered after a worker remembered Anderson’s room number after recognizing him from the surveillance tape.
The officer stopped Anderson and his partner after spotting them leaving the parking lot. Anderson had two outstanding warrants and was arrested. When asked about the burglary, Anderson said he got into the coin dispenser, but not the washers. He said he used the same quarters repeatedly to wash clothes, according to the affidavit.
“I did do that,” Anderson was quoted as saying in the affidavit. “I’m not denying that.”
He said he was unemployed and trying to save money. Estimated damage to the machines was $200.
Anderson was arrested for felony burglary, felony attempted burglary, misdemeanor mischief, petty pickpocketing and two counts of misdemeanor failure to comply.
UNDERCOVER METH BUST
A long-running drug investigation wrapped up when Glenwood police arrested Darrek Tainter and Autumn Stines.
Tainter, 26 of Glenwood, and Stines, 23 of Glenwood, were involved in a series of purchases of methamphetamine with an undercover officer. Tainter sold the meth, the arrest affidavit said. On one controlled purchase, Stines was involved, the document said.
Tainter was arrested on two counts of felony drug possession, two counts of felony possession with intent to distribute and two counts of felony distribution. Stines was arrested on one count of felony possession, felony possession with intent to distribute and felony distribution.
In another meth bust:
• A Rifle police officer was on his way back to the station when he got a call concerning a nearby vehicle.
Ky Bradley, 25, of Rifle, had a warrant from Mesa County. The officer followed Bradley’s car into a parking lot. Upon seeing Bradley in his car, he noticed his eyes were bloodshot and watery.
When the officer told him he was under arrest, Bradley became angry and said he already took care of his warrants, according to the affidavit.
Bradley got out of his car, approaching the officer and refusing to turn around. The officer drew his Taser until another officer responded to assist in the arrest.
Officers found syringes, methamphetamine and other products used for meth. When asked about it, Bradley said he used meth three weeks ago. Bradley was also driving with a revoked license.
He was arrested on felony possession of drugs and driving under the influence.
FELONY CHARGES DROPPED
District Attorney Sherry Caloia confirmed this week that her office will not pursue charges in a pair of recent felony cases.
Caloia’s office has dropped burglary and theft charges and against Paul Seelig.
In an unrelated case, the DA will not pursue kidnapping charges against Shane Ellis, 21, and has reduced charges against Bethany Jeffryes, 18, and Brady Jeffreys, 21, leaving both cases as misdemeanors.
Caloia estimated that charges get dropped in 5 to 7 percent of cases, although some are later renewed due to new evidence.
“It’s generally that we decide we cannot prove a criminal act,” she explained. “There are a few cases where we decide this is not a criminal act, or we decide they got the wrong guy, or we don’t think the situation merits the filing of a criminal charge.”
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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