Crime Briefs: Irate landlord found with meth |

Crime Briefs: Irate landlord found with meth

Ryan Summerlin

Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 38-year-old Parachute man after police were called to his residence for an issue with his tenants, who lived with him.

After living at the residence for only three weeks, a tenant and his son wanted to move out. But the tenant called police saying he was didn’t feel safe as the owner had become irate after learning they were leaving.

The tenant told police that he had seen the man with gun in the home multiple times, that he had shown him a revolver and had multiple other firearms in his bedroom. The father told deputies that he was afraid of the owner and wanted out of the living situation.

This man also had a no bond felony warrant out of Mesa County for a weapons violation.

Officers did not arrest the man that night. But later, in September, deputies stopped him while driving and arrested him on the felony warrant. With a search warrant for the residence, police discovered a spoon with methamphetamine residue in his residence.

He was arrested on charges of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony, and criminal impersonation, a class 6 felony. He was also arrested on misdemeanor charges of obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest, and the petty offense of possession of drug paraphernalia.

Rifle felon found with handgun

Rifle police got into a struggle with a 41-year-old man after an argument about a ticket for his expired permit for his vehicle.

After refusing a summons for the expired registration, the man started his car and began to back up after being told not to drive the vehicle.

Finally being talked out of the vehicle, officer began to detain him when he started to pull away and appeared poised to punch one of the officers, according to an affidavit.

After his arrest, officers found a loaded handgun in the vehicle and ammunition in his pocket. As a convicted felon, he was barred from possessing such a weapon. And they fond a glass pipe, suspected to be used to smoke methamphetamine, in the vehicle.

He was arrested on charges including possession of weapons by a previous offender, a class 6 felony, resisting arrest, a misdemeanor, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.

dirt bike FOUND after 2 years

Garfield County investigators helped track down a dirt bike stolen in Texas two years ago after a Parachute woman called authorities after her tenants moved out and left two vehicles.

After being evicted in September 2015, a 33-year-old man and 42-year-old woman removed all their belongings except a white 2012 KMT dirt bike and a car.

Deputies were unable to locate the vehicle identification number on the dirt bike and suspected the bike had been repainted to conceal a VIN having been removed. However, they discovered a motor number that they could use to identify the bike’s VIN through a KMT dealer. They found the bike was listed as stolen from Austin, Texas, in 2014.

Though investigator initially suspected the car to be stolen, it was released to a financing company in Los Angeles for repossession.

Investigators also discovered many different parts on the bike and began to suspect they were dealing with multiple stolen bikes.

The 33-year-old man was arrested Sept. 19 on aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor identification number-altering-possession.


Responding to a 911 hang-up call and possible domestic violence, New Castle police officers barged in on a man on the toilet and got into a struggle with him after he refused to cooperate.

Police responded to the call from the 300 block of Castle Ridge Drive. An argument between a man and his wife became heated enough that she called 911 and fled the house with her children, according to an affidavit.

Outside the residence, officers spotted a 36-year-old man who immediately ran back into the house.

At the front door officers announced themselves and called out to anyone in the house. The man called out that he was in the bathroom, according to an affidavit.

Given the emergency nature of the call, the officers moved in to clear the house.

Gun drawn, an officer kicked open the bathroom door. The man refused to come out of the bathroom and screamed at them to get out of his house.

When he finally did come out of the bathroom, officers tried to get him to come outside, but he refused, and a struggle followed. Officers eventually got him handcuffed and into a patrol car, while he continued to scream that they weren’t allowed in his house.

He was arrested on two counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, a class 4 felony, as well as resisting arrest, obstructing a peace officer and harassment, all misdemeanors. Domestic violence was charged as a sentence enhancer.

Arrest in FEB. trespassing

Garfield County deputies arrested a 22-year-old Silt man after fingerprints led to a hit in a trespassing case from February.

The incident occurred Feb. 12 on the 900 block of Garfield County Road 218 near Silt.

A man reported that his front door had been broken and he found beer cans inside his house. The house was unoccupied as it was being foreclosed upon. The front glass door was broken and the front door was open.

There were beer cans in the living room (Coors and Budweiser), and a damaged table. The deputy also found a glass pipe containing burnt marijuana.

In May, the Colorado Bureau of Investigation was able to match fingerprints on the beer cans to a 22-year-old and 18-year-old (17 at the time of the break-in), both with Silt addresses. Authorities contacted the 22-year-old later that month, and he admitted that he and the 18-year-old had stayed the night at the vacant home, though he said the damage came from others. He said the house was open when they went in.

A sheriff’s affidavit lists probable cause for charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; first-degree criminal trespass, a class 5 felony; and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

A warrant was issued for the 22-year-old in June and he was arrested Sept. 17.

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