Crime Briefs: 3 confrontations with police; 3 felony charges
A Carbondale Police officer was working on paperwork around midday Sunday, Dec. 21, when he heard someone attempting unsuccessfully to enter the key code for a side door.
Upon opening the door, the officer recognized Chad Gardner, 38. Gardner immediately entered and said that “he needed help due to people trying to kill him,” his arrest affidavit reports.
According to the affidavit, the officer attempted to get more information, but Gardner began going through documents on his desk. Told that the paperwork didn’t belong to him, Gardner responded that he would “do whatever needs to be done to get these people away from me.”
When he grabbed the officer’s personal gym bag and made for the exit, the officer seized him by the arm and told him to drop it, to which Gardner responded, “You don’t know what you are getting yourself into. I have a bomb in my bag.” When the officer again asked him to put down the bag, Gardner turned and appeared to be about to swing at him, prompting the officer to pin him against the wall and place him in handcuffs. Asked what he was thinking, Gardner reportedly told police “I’ll take out who I have to to avoid being killed.”
Garner was arrested for second-degree assault on a police officer, a felony, resisting arrest and obstructing a police officer, both misdemeanors. He was issued a $2,500 bond due to history of misdemeanors that his file describes as “too many to count.”
Spitting on officer worsens charges
Glenwood Police responded to a report of domestic violence on Dec. 21 only to find the apartment quiet. As they were walking through the complex, however, they heard an argument taking place a few doors down.
According to the arrest affidavit for Joshua Trevino, 35, of New Castle, officers heard him yell something to the effect of “Go ahead and call the cops! Who they going to believe?” as they passed the apartment.
They knocked on the door, which was ajar, recognized Trevino as someone with “history of physical confrontation with GSPD officers” and handcuffed him while they investigated the situation.
The woman with whom Trevino had been arguing with told police that he had been drinking and smoking marijuana before he “attempted to intimidate her” and insulted her. He then reportedly attempted to flood the bathroom and dumped out laundry detergent.
Trevino was arrested for harassment, a misdemeanor. As he was being placed into the squad car, the affidavit indicates that he spit on the face of one of the arresting officers, resulting in the additional charge of second-degree assault on a police officer, a felony.
New Castle man runs from officer
A New Castle police officer was pulling into the station parking lot on Dec. 19 when he heard a man down the street cursing at a woman, telling her to get up and walk home.
Upon investigation, he found a man helping a woman who was lying on the ground while another man, later identified as Tobie Patterson, 26, yelled at her. According to Patterson’s arrest affidavit, when the officer asked what was going on, Patterson asked who wanted to know and ran toward the officer.
Patterson stopped short when the officer identified himself. Patterson asked if he was being detained. The officer answered in the affirmative, citing disorderly conduct and requesting that he stop yelling and cursing. Patterson was handcuffed, but as the officer began to talk to the prone woman, he reportedly stood up, yelled, “If you’re going to arrest me, then let’s go,” and took off running.
He was caught and taken to the ground and began kicking at the officer, who rolled him onto his stomach and called for assistance.
After two more officers arrived, they were able to talk to the other man, who told them that Patterson had pushed the woman to the ground. The woman herself, who appeared intoxicated, refused to answer any questions, asked for Patterson to be released and declined medical treatment for the abrasions on her palms.
Patterson was arrested for second-degree assault on a police officer, a felony, harassment and resisting arrest, both misdemeanors, and disorderly conduct, a petty offense.
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