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Crime Briefs: Last week’s tractor thief back in the news

Will Grandbois
wgrandbois@postindependent.com

Out on bond for alleged tractor theft the week before, a 45-year-old Rifle man found himself back in jail on suspicion of felony trespass and misdemeanor assault on the night of Oct. 11.

According to his arrest affidavit, police arrived at the Rifle home to find the man bleeding from his head and mouth and riding away on a bicycle.

While he was being taken to Grand River Hospital for treatment, officers spoke with two other men. The pair said that the man had wandered into the house uninvited and without knocking and accused one of them of stealing something. Told to leave, he instead wandered through the home looking for his property. The confrontation finally escalated to a fight.

In the course of the struggle, one of the men used a golf club to fend off the intruder, although witnesses differed on whether it was employed defensively or offensively.

Three months later, an arrest

A domestic violence call in July resulted in an arrest in October when authorities finally caught up with the alleged perpetrator, a 59-year-old man from Riverton, Wyoming.

The man was long gone when police arrived at his girlfriend’s house in New Castle on July 19, but her scalp wound was still bleeding.

According to the arrest affidavit, the tearful girlfriend told police that her boyfriend had awakened her in the night several times, calling her names before choking her and hitting her with a lamp. Afterward, she said, he ran around taking apart the phones and disconnecting the Internet in an attempt to prevent her from contacting police.

Her wound was later classified as serious bodily injury, and a warrant was issued for the boyfriend’s arrest on suspicion of second-degree assault and menacing, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor harassment.

He was booked at the Garfield County Jail on Oct. 12.

Blinking headlight leads to arrest

If it wasn’t for an unusual headlight feature, a 24-year-old Rifle man might have gotten away with driving drunk without a license.

Instead, a police officer noticed what appeared to be a broken headlight and stopped the car on the night of Oct. 10.

The man was able to explain that the light goes off when the turn signal is on, but not before the officer discovered that his license was revoked as a habitual traffic offender. According to his arrest affidavit, he failed roadside maneuvers and blew .088 on a portable Breathalyzer, and was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony driving while revoked and driving under the influence.


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