Crime Briefs: Tasers and pepper spray versus a gas can and pit bull |

Crime Briefs: Tasers and pepper spray versus a gas can and pit bull

Ryan Summerlin

Glenwood Springs police the night of Nov. 11 found an RV at the American Furniture Warehouse parking lot. The officers recognized the RV as belonging to a 55-year-old man known to be violent toward police, according to an affidavit.

Inspecting the vehicle for illegal camping, they found an open window and saw the man apparently asleep.

When he didn’t respond to an officer calling to him, the officer pulled on his pillow and asked him to come outside. The man refused and shouted obscenities.

“I opened the door to the camper van to be able to speak to (him) as I was unaware of any weapons, but was aware of his violent tendencies towards officers,” an officer wrote in an arrest affidavit. “The moment I opened the door, a black metal rod came straight out of the door toward me. [The suspect] stood in the secondary doorway holding a gas can and stood in a fighting stance.”

He threated to sic his dog on the officers and threw the gas can at one of them, the document said. When he retreated into the RV, an officer took a step inside and again demanded that he come outside. The 55-year-old threw something wooden at him.

Officers used a deterrent spray on the man, who then told his pit bull to “get him.” The dog bit one officer on the calf. The other officer deployed his Taser on the man.

The man was arrested on two counts of second-degree assault on a police officer, a class 4 felony, misdemeanor resisting arrest and misdemeanor obstructing police.

Daugherty pleas guilty to child sex assault

Walter Daugherty, a former owner of Little Angels Daycare in Carbondale who was arrested on child sex assault charges, pleaded guilty Thursday to felony attempted sex assault on a child, with a deferred sentence, and he entered a straight plea to misdemeanor sexual contact without consent.

The 74-year-old was arrested in July after a 4-year-old girl who stayed at the daycare told her parents that “Walter” had her touch his penis.

He is scheduled for sentencing on March 19. Before then he will undergo a psychosexual evaluation and pre-sentence investigation.

child sex assault sentence

Raymond Darrah, a 56-year-old Silt man who pleaded guilty in September to sex assault on a child, is out of jail after his sentence was deferred Thursday.

Originally arrested in July 2015, Darrah pleaded guilty to sex assault on a child by one in a position of trust, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor sexual contact without consent. The district attorney’s office dismissed three other counts of class 3 felony sex assault on a child.

He was sentenced to 499 days in jail, which matched the 499 days he’d already served. His sentence also included four years’ probation on the felony count, with a deferred sentence pending successful completion of probation.

Darrah was not found to be a sexually violent predator but must register as a sex offender. A protection order in the case remains in place. Darrah is not allowed to have contact with minors and must complete treatment.


A 31-year-old Glenwood Springs man was arrested on first-degree burglary Nov. 5 after he came into an acquaintance’s house to intervene in an argument and punched a man.

The 31-year-old had come to the home of a couple with whom he was acquainted.

The boyfriend told him to wait outside, as the couple were arguing. He came into the residence without permission and started punching the boyfriend in the face and body, the boyfriend told police.

The suspect later told officers that he saw the boyfriend holding onto the woman to keep her from leaving, and he was trying to pull the two apart.

He was arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, a class 3 felony, along with third-degree assault and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.

Shoplifting suspect found with meth

Rifle police were called Tuesday evening to a shoplifting case at Wal-Mart. While arresting a 48-year-old man on suspicion of the theft, an officer found in the suspect’s pocket a small plastic baggie with “a crystal of methamphetamine,” according to a police report.

The officer also discovered a glass pipe “consistent with the type used to smoke methamphetamine.”

In his bag was also $128 worth of food and other merchandise, some of which still had sales tags attached.

He was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a level 4 drug felony, misdemeanor theft and petty offense possession of drug paraphernalia.

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