Crime Briefs: Man threatens dog’s life, arrested for three felonies
acquaintance turns violent
When a man she’d known for a few weeks threatened to kill her dog, a local woman agreed to meet him near Rifle on Aug. 10.
That’s when, according to her testimony in his arrest affidavit, he attacked her and sexually assaulted her. She shared her story from the hospital, where she underwent a SANE exam. She also told police that the 39-year-old acquaintance had triggered her phone’s security system — which deputies were later able to confirm — before threatening to cut off her finger if she didn’t unlock it.
The man was arrested on Aug. 27 on suspicion of sexual assault, kidnapping and menacing, all felonies, and is being held at the Garfield County Jail on a $2,000 bond.
Years after the alleged crime and months after it was reported, a former Rifle man was arrested on suspicion of sexual assault on a minor.
The investigation began in September 2014, when a woman told police that a man who had sexually assaulted her when she was 8 or 9 was harassing her on Facebook. She was backed up by her mother, who remembered interrupting something suspicious years before but had never reported it.
A warrant was issued for the 52-year-old suspect, but police didn’t catch up to him until Aug. 31. He is currently being held at the Garfield County Jail on a $50,000 bond.
WELFARE CHECK GOES AWRY
A welfare check on Aug. 27 escalated when an apparently intoxicated man refused to cooperate with police.
When officers encountered the man on a bench in Glenwood Springs, the 27-year-old admitted that he had been using meth, heroin and alcohol, according to his arrest affidavit.
When police called for an ambulance, he declined to walk to the gurney. Told he was going one way or another, he reportedly threw a punch at an officer and had to be wrestled into handcuffs. He further attempted to spit at police and kicked while being searched, the affidavit reports.
While he was being booked at the Garfield County Jail, authorities reportedly discovered a package of apparent heroin hidden under his clothes, adding felony introduction of contraband to potential charges of felony assault, resisting arrest, use of a controlled substance and violation of a restraining order.
HE SAID, SHE SAID
After a woman reported that a man in a Chevy Impala had pointed a gun at her as she drove by on Aug. 30, Glenwood Springs police pulled over a man that matched her description of him.
According to his arrest affidavit, the 19-year-old told officers he had a borrowed pistol in the car, but denied pointing it at anyone. The passenger of the Impala backed up his friend’s story, while the passenger of the caller’s car corroborated the initial story.
Both witnesses later identified the driver as the right man, prompting his arrest on suspicion of felony menacing. A folded up $20 bill full of cocaine was later discovered in the booking process, the affidavit reports, prompting an additional charge of felony introduction of contraband.
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