Good cops nab bad dudes in Glenwood Springs
It was a bad year for bad guys in Glenwood Springs.Two high-profile Colorado criminal suspects made the mistake of wandering into town, where good cop work led to their arrests.In February, suspected serial rapist Brent Brents, the subject of a high-profile manhunt, decided to head west on Interstate 70 from the Denver area. But Glenwood police got a tip from Denver police, and managed to spot him and give chase.He then thought he could get away by driving up Transfer Trail in what police say was a stolen Mazda. On a road that turns into a snowmobile trail, police in four-wheel-drive vehicles had an easy time apprehending him.In December, another subject of a major manhunt came to Glenwood Springs. Samuel Lincoln was wanted for attempted murder and allegedly shooting at police in Mesa County, and for a 2004 Glenwood Springs stabbing case. His run from the law ended when he was tracked down in a motel in West Glenwood.Lincoln was armed with two guns when he tried to leave via the motel’s back exit. Police managed to subdue him by firing several nonlethal rounds of bean-bag-like projectiles at him; he didn’t fire back.He was wanted in Mesa County for his suspected involvement in the Nov. 23 shooting of a man who survived six bullet wounds, and for allegedly firing three shots at a sheriff deputy’s patrol vehicle during a chase by police on Dec. 1 in Grand Junction.In addition, in November 2004 he and two accomplices allegedly stabbed and cut one man several times and held several men at gunpoint and knifepoint while they robbed them at the Fireside Trailer Park in West Glenwood.The past year saw some other major developments on the criminal front. In July, a former Glenwood Springs real estate agent suspected of being a serial rapist died by hanging himself in Boulder County Jail.Brad Wagner had faced several sexual assault charges in Boulder County, and additional ones in Lakewood and in Austin, Texas. He was arrested at his home in Glenwood Springs in 2004 after DNA collected unknowingly from Wagner by Boulder investigators allegedly matched a DNA profile developed by the Colorado Bureau of Investigation. Police were able to obtain DNA from Wagner’s handshake, bicycle handlebars and doorknob and compare it to DNA collected by investigators in connection with sexual assaults.Wagner had begun working as a real estate agent in Glenwood Springs shortly before his arrest.Meanwhile, just before Christmas a registered sex offender pleaded guilty to trying to sexually assault three girls. Loy Vondette of Rifle entered the pleas under an agreement that would send him to prison for 16 years. Had he been convicted of the original charges of enticement of a child, he could have faced up to life behind bars.The plea agreement is contingent on a judge approving the sentencing arrangement.Vondette was accused of trying to coax two girls, ages 12 and 9, into his car in the Palomino Park subdivision in Rifle July 30. He also was charged with trying to entice a 10-year-old girl in Apple Tree Park near New Castle on June 20.Vondette spent six years in prison after being convicted of two charges of sexual assault in 1993 in Garfield County.
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