Jail scuffle leads to more trouble
A man authorities have said may know something about the July 29 shooting of a Glenwood Springs policeman has been arrested for assault on an officer after an incident in the Garfield County Jail.Anthony Villegas, also known as ‘Speedy,’ also faces a charge of attempted escape. But Sheriff Lou Vallario said that charge may be dropped because the altercation was confined to within the jail. The facility is located in downtown Glenwood.Villegas, a 19-year-old New Castle resident, is on bond for a probation violation related to aggravated vehicle theft, Vallario said. He said the violation stems from a positive test for drug use.The jail altercation occurred at 2:09 a.m. Sunday.”He got a little out of control at the jail the other night,” Vallario said.Sheriff’s deputies responded to the jail to help jailers after Villegas reportedly was being unruly and trying to flee from their custody.Vallario said Villegas “got a little violent” as deputies were trying to move him from one cell to another. He had to be handcuffed and put in a restraint chair, Vallario said.He said the deputy who was attacked apparently suffered only minor injuries such as scratches, and didn’t seek medical attention.Villegas also faces charges of criminal attempt and second-degree assault on an officer as a result of the incident. He now is being held on $21,250 bond.Villegas was arrested on a warrant for the probation violation on Aug. 4. Investigators said then that they believed he knew something about the shooting of Dustin Marantino near the Glenwood Springs Municipal Airport. But he was not arrested in the case.Police arrested two men as suspects in the shooting during the first week of August. The two were released after a few weeks after prosecutors said they lacked enough evidence to file charges and were trying to buy more time for their investigation.The bullet that hit Marantino was stopped by a protective vest. He is now an officer with the Rifle Police Department.Contact Dennis Webb: email@example.comPost Independent, Glenwood Springs Colorado CO
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