Crime Briefs: New Castle neighbors thwart burglary |

Crime Briefs: New Castle neighbors thwart burglary

The evening of April 7, Garfield County deputies responded to a burglary in progress on County Road 335 outside of New Castle.

The witness saw a man knock on the front door, then open a window and climb inside after he didn’t get a response.

A county sergeant arrested a 20-year-old Silt man who witnesses saw coming out of the house, according to authorities.

Searching the 20-year-old, authorities found jewelry, “a cold Seagram’s wine cooler,” an iPhone, a can of Coca-Cola, a few dollars in loose change and “a piece of paper rolled into a cylinder with a white powdery residue on the inside.”

“Through my training and experience I know this to be a method of ingesting various drugs through the nasal cavity,” a deputy wrote in the affidavit.

Upon arrest the man became belligerent, screaming expletives and kicking at cage from the back of a patrol car.

They also found two Vicodin pills missing from a container in the house. On a table in the kitchen they found the man’s keys lying next to a white powdery residue on the table top.

He was arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony; theft and unlawful use of a controlled substance, both misdemeanors. And he was charged with minor in possession of alcohol, a petty offense.


Garfield County deputies responded April 8 to a 24-year-old Glenwood Springs woman’s home, where she believed her ex-husband had broken in and stolen a cell phone and a Kindle tablet. He moved out in October, and they’d been divorced for only the last month.

The woman’s mother, watching her grandchildren one night, had noticed a window open. Outside the window on the ground, a deputy found fresh footprints and fresh smudge marks on the outside of the window.

Insulation tape on the window’s edge was lifted just enough for a person to get through, the deputy wrote in an affidavit.

Just inside the window was a wet spot on the floor they believed to be urine. Deputies took DNA swabs.

The ex-husband, a 27-year-old Glenwood Springs man, was angry that his ex had been talking to another man in Mexico, for which she used a cell phone she’d purchased in Mexico, according to an affidavit.

Though she said she’d bought the tablet for her children, her ex-husband frequently used it to watch porn, “and she believes he stole the Kindle to watch that, and/or possibly sell it because (he) does not have a job, any money or a place to live,” according to the affidavit.

She told police that he “wanted to take me to the mountains” and believed he wanted to harm her.

The ex-husband was staying with a cousin in the meantime, where deputies followed him and eventually retrieved the cell phone.

After knocking on the front door of the cousin’s house, a deputy heard someone jump a chain link fence outside and take off “running furiously through leaves.”

The man was arrested two days later on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony; along with theft and second-degree criminal tampering, both misdemeanors. He was also charged with domestic violence, which could be used as a sentence enhancer.

Woman beats husband, say police

Glenwood Springs police responded to a “domestic in progress” at the Glenwood Springs Mall parking lot in March. A witness called police saying she’d seen a woman strike and elderly man in the face several times.

When police pulled them over, the 68-year-old woman said the man was her husband and that he has dementia. He “had been upset because his dog was not allowed in the doctor’s office,” according to an affidavit.

In the passenger seat, the man dabbed blood from his face with a tissue while his wife denied hitting him.

Police found he had “large abrasions on (his) face that appeared to be made by fingers.” The man told police that their dog had left those marks after it got excited to see him.

The woman was arrested on charges of crimes against at-risk adults/juveniles, a class 6 felony, and domestic violence, which could be used as a sentence enhancer.

DUI SUSPECT gets rowdy

Colorado State Patrol responded to a vehicle crash April 8 on the westbound lane of Interstate 70 at about mile marker 86, where an SUV had rolled.

The driver, a 22-year-old Parachute woman, was transported to Grand River Health in Rifle. The trooper wrote that at the hospital she was screaming expletives, that she didn’t want to talk to the police.

She said a deer had run in front of her, but the trooper smelled alcohol on her breath, according to an affidavit.

She told the trooper she had two drinks, but then became combative, spitting in the trooper’s face, hitting him in the chest, scratching at him as authorities tried to put her in cuffs.

She struggled while authorities tried to put her in the back of a patrol car. While in the back she slipped her handcuffs under her feet so she was cuffed from the front. She kicked at the window and cage; she was even able to slip one wrist out of the cuffs.

She was arrested on charges of second-degree assault on a police officer, a class 4 felony; along with driving under the influence, careless driving, disorderly conduct, obstructing a peace officer, second-degree tampering and resisting arrest, all misdemeanors.

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