Crime Briefs: “warning shot” leads to attempted murder charge
On April 9, at around 4:30 a.m., police received reports of a shots fired call in Parachute. The reporting party told dispatch that another man, 24, “took a shot at him”, according to the arrest affidavit.
When officers were en route, dispatch received a call from the suspect stating that he was willing to speak and told them his location, according to the arrest affidavit.
Officers arrived on scene and conducted a high risk stop.
After searching the suspect, a female in the passenger seat reportedly said the suspect’s gun was in the glove box of the vehicle.
Officers retrieved the pistol and noted there was a loaded magazine and a round in the chamber, states the affidavit. There were also two small children in the backseat.
The suspect reportedly said he was picking up his girlfriend and her two small children from an individual’s house in Parachute (later identified as the caller into dispatch).
He also said the man began to aggressively work toward the car once his girlfriend and her kids were inside. That’s when the suspect pulled out his handgun and fired a “warning shot” he told police, according to the arrest affidavit.
Police began to try to piece together exactly what happened between the three witnesses from the scene and learned that the suspect fired the shot at the other individual as he was nearing his vehicle.
Officers found a gunshot hole in the other man’s vehicle. Police noted that the bullet did not have an exit hole and “it could have easily ricocheted and hit,” one of the children present, according to the affidavit.
Through the course of the investigation the suspect said the first shot “was a warning shot and the next one would be fatal.”
The arresting officer noted that the suspect changed the details of his story several times and never gave a reason he shot at the other man.
He was arrested for criminal attempted second degree murder, child abuse, among other charges.
Early morning troubles at Glenwood Hostel
On April 10 at around 4:30 a.m., Glenwood Springs police received reports of a suspect breaking windows at the Glenwood Hostel.
Officers arrived to find one of the suspects in the alley and when they asked him his name he gave a false first name, according to the arrest affidavit.
Officers walked to one of the sides of the building and saw one of the windows was broken.
The suspect in the alley, 30, was detained and witnesses said they saw him in the bathroom with a baseball bat breaking windows and damaging the shower curtain, states the affidavit.
A woman in the residence at the time reportedly took the baseball bat from him and told him to leave.
Another witness said he was asleep and heard loud noises from the kitchen area. He identified the suspect and said he had a black tire iron in his hand, states the affidavit.
Officers found another witness that positively identified the suspect and he was placed under arrest. Narcotics were found on the suspect’s person and he was charged with second degree burglary, criminal mischief, possession a controlled substance among other charges.
Drug use, trespassing at Parachute hotel
On March 29 and just before 7:30 a.m. Parachute police were dispatched to a reported trespassing a the Grand Vista Hotel.
When the officers arrived the manager and an employee said that a former employee, 28, came to the hotel and trespassed. The employee said the suspect came and got a room. When the employee told the manager, the manager went to the hotel room and overhead the suspect discussing drug use and called the police, states the arrest affidavit.
Deputies with the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office approached the hotel room, knocked, and told the occupants they were police.
After several minutes of no one coming to the door, police could hear movement thru the door and the moving of objects inside the room , according to the affidavit.
The three occupants eventually opened the door and police reportedly asked the whereabouts of the suspect and none of them would admit to knowing her or her even being there. One of the occupants later said she had left.
The three were asked to leave the hotel.
Police then searched the hotel room and found drug residue and drug paraphernalia, states the affidavit.
The three individuals were then pulled over on CR 215 a short time later and narcotics and drug paraphernalia was found inside the vehicle.
A short time later, the suspect called dispatch and was advised to come to the Parachute Police Department, according to the affidavit.
Police found a black bag outside the hotel, which contained methamphetamine , drugs and a prescription bottle made out to the suspect.
She was later charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, among other charges.
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