Crime briefs: Man charged with enticement of a child
Glenwood Police arrested Gilardo Cruz-Gallardo, 40, of Glenwood, after a citizen reported seeing a man approach an underage girl at a gas station on Jan. 31 and offer her a ride in his van.
According to Cruz-Gallardo’s arrest affidavit, the girl told police that the man offered her money and propositioned her before returning her to the gas station.
The next day, a witness called to identify Cruz-Gallardo, who told authorities that the girl had asked him for a ride, but had not wanted to go home. He said he took her to the warehouse where he worked and dropped her back at the gas station around an hour later with money for a taxi. He denied suggesting any sort of sexual contact with the girl.
Cruz-Gallardo was arrested for contributing to the delinquency of a minor and enticement of a child, both felonies, as well as misdemeanor sex assault on a child and driving with a suspended license.
FRIEND CHARGED WITH TAKING SAFE
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After a break-in near Rifle on Jan. 28, suspicion fell on Harald Zoeller, 52, Rifle, a mechanic, friend of the homeowner and one of the few people who knew the house would be vacant that day.
According to Zoeller’s arrest affidavit, the owner told the Garfield County sheriff’s office that he had locked the house but not armed the security system before spending the day upvalley. He returned home to find a window ajar and a safe missing that contained a wedding ring, letters, a coin collection, a stamp collection, passport, pair of watches, a set of silver, 500 .22 long rounds and $2,000 in cash.
Two days later, he received a tip on the location of the safe. Authorities located it in an abandoned doughnut shop in Rifle, badly damaged, and identified it by an Obama sticker. The majority of the reported contents were present, less $700 in cash. Zoeller arrived at the shop during the search, and told police he had found it at a storage unit nearby already broken open.
However, when a witness reported that Zoeller had once spoken about the safe and how easy it would be to steal, he was arrested for second- and third-degree burglary, both felonies, as well as criminal mischief and theft, both misdemeanors.
DRINKING MATES BRAWL
On the night of Jan. 28, Glenwood police received a report that a man was unconscious and another had fled following a fight at a local hotel.
When they arrived, they found blood on the floor and doors and a bloodied but conscious man who declined to speak to them. They interviewed several witnesses, who reported that the man still there had been arguing with Ryan Slavinsk, 30, a guest at the hotel, and followed him inside.
According to his arrest affidavit, witnesses indicated that Slavinski threw the first punch and continued to fight even as the clerk at the desk yelled for them to stop. By the time the clerk was able to break it up, Slavinski was on top of the other man, punching him repeatedly in the face until he passed out. He fled the scene when the clerk went to call 911.
The apparent victim was examined and found to have a broken nose and two teeth knocked out. When he finally chose to speak to police, he told them he didn’t know why he was attacked but said he recognized Slavinski’s name as someone with whom he occasionally drinks at the hotel’s bar.
The next day, an officer spotted Slavinski walking toward the hotel with his arm in a brace. Asked about the brace, he reportedly told police, “I did a back flip.” When pressed, he called the incident self defense.
After a review of hotel security footage, Slavinski was arrested for second-degree assault, a felony.
SPEEDING STOP YIELDS SPEED
Corrine Jannell Hudson, 23, of New Castle, was pulled over on Interstate 70 near South Canyon on Jan. 27 after a sheriff’s deputy clocked her going 70 mph in a 65 mph zone.
When a check on Hudson turned up a warrant for failure to comply in a drug case, she was cuffed and the man in the passenger seat was asked to step out of the car.
The deputy observed a bulge in the man’s pocket which turned out to be a glass pipe coated with a white residue consistent with methamphetamine use. He told authorities that the pipe belonged to Hudson.
A search of the car yielded several tablets of ecstasy, a set of illegal brass knuckles, and a digital scale and baggies suggestive of drug distribution.
Hudson was arrested for failure to comply, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of controlled substance, all felonies, and possession of an illegal weapon, a misdemeanor. A booking search yielded 3.32 grams of methamphetamine under her clothes, adding felony introduction of contraband to potential charges.
PARACHUTE HIT BY THEFT SPREE
Garfield County Crime Stoppers is offering rewards for information on a series of thefts in the Parachute area. The incidents may or may not be related.
Two homes on the 200 block of East Third Street were broken into this month. Items missing from one house included a large amount of cash, a Henry Make Lever Action .22 rifle and a Rossi .44 Magnum lever action rifle. Nothing was reported missing from the second home.
On Jan. 26, an unidentified man was caught on camera rummaging through vehicles near the Napa and Sinclair Service Station in Parachute. The man showed up on camera again behind the Comfort Inn stealing a truck. A GPS system installed in the truck tracked the vehicle traveling around the Parachute area for over 40 minutes before crashing into a swampy area east of the Cottonwood View Apartments.
On Jan. 25, a man in a tan jacket with “SME” in the back was caught on video loading 25 batteries into the back of a 1995 Chevy Blazer with Idaho plates. The same night, the video shows a man loading the remaining batteries into a sedan.
If you have any information on any of the cases, contact the Parachute Police Department at 970-285-7630 or 970-625-8095.
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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