Crime Briefs: First he fled, then he ended up on a roof
Pulled over by Parachute police for failing to stop at a stop sign on March 14, Joshua David Smith decided to flee rather than face a $165 municipal warrant.
Smith, 26, of Parachute, told police he was on his way to pick up a drunk friend and was asked to turn off his Chrysler sedan, but instead pulled away from the scene, according to his arrest affidavit.
The officer notified dispatch and managed to get ahead of Smith, who wrecked his car in a cluster of trees and fled across a field on foot. As backup arrived and the car was towed, Smith sought refuge in a nearby home.
A woman answered the door and permitted a Garfield County deputy inside, prompting Smith to flee out a second-story window. He was talked down from the roof and arrested for driving with a restrained license, failing to yield at a stop sign, resisting arrest, failure to appear and felony vehicular eluding. He was later released on a $4,000 personal recognizance bond.
MAN CHARGED WITH CHILD PORN,
After Luis Aragon-Gallegos was arrested for possession of child pornography, police confiscated his laptop and found that several photos and videos involved Aragon-Gallegos himself.
Aragon-Gallegos, 28, of Glenwood Springs, bonded out of jail on 35 counts of sexual exploitation of a child on March 17 and was immediately arrested for 13 counts of sexual assault on a child.
According to his arrest affidavit, the investigation turned up evidence of abuse over three years, with at least 12 incidents caught on camera. So far, police have identified 34 videos and 4,428 pictures of underage children on his laptop, and have not fully inventoried his 500gb hard drive.
He later told investigators that, “when he was growing up in Mexico, around 8 years old, some males did the same thing to him.”
He remains in custody on a $1 million bond.
THREATS LEAD TO MENACING CHARGE
The fact that the firearm he allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend with what turned out to be a pellet gun didn’t stop Ivan Guillermo Lopez-Lozano 31, of Denver, from being arrested for felony menacing on the evening of March 15.
Lopez-Lozano told police that the argument started because he suspected her of cheating, but his ex told police that they had been broken up for some time, according to the arrest affidavit. She said that he asked to see her cellphone and threatened to hurt himself when she wouldn’t share it.
In addition to menacing, Lopez-Lozano faces a potential misdemeanor harassment charge with domestic violence sentencing.
THREATS CAPTURED ON RECORDING
The wife of John Wayne Diamond Jr. kept her head and recorded his threats to shoot her and her daughter on the morning of March 16, his arrest affidavit says.
Diamond, 44, of Carbondale, told the two he “wasn’t going back to jail” and would “shoot everybody, shoot her, shoot the cops, let the cops shoot him, shoot himself.”
Diamond had previously been arrested for a similar incident and had an active restraining order barring him from issuing threats, though not from contact. The restraining order was found in his glove box when he was pulled over after the incident, but no firearm was found.
He was arrested for violation of a restraining order, harassment and felony menacing with domestic violence sentencing.
WOMAN ACCUSED OF ASSAULT
Luciela De La Cruz, 41, of Glenwood, was arrested March 16 after her ex-husband and his pregnant girlfriend told Parachute police that she rammed their car.
No one was harmed in the incident, and De La Cruz missed her second attempt to ram the car and went off the road, according to her arrest affidavit.
She faces potential charges of reckless driving, criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, felony assault and felony vehicular assault with domestic violence sentencing.
RIFLE TRAFFIC STOP YIELDS METH
When a deputy attempted a traffic stop near Rifle on March 11, the driver made several turns without signalling before coming to stop in a private driveway.
According to his arrest affidavit, Christopher Allen McDermott, 24, of Rifle, failed to respond to police instructions and resisted and shouted when handcuffed. A search of the car yielded 2.5 grams of methamphetamine, several small baggies and a digital scale.
McDermott was arrested for failing to drive in a single lane, driving with a restrained license, felony possession of a controlled substance and felony intent to distribute a controlled substance.
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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