CRIME BRIEFS Pair arrested in Rifle assault, chase |

CRIME BRIEFS Pair arrested in Rifle assault, chase

Charles Lester Hays, 45, of New Castle, and Brianne Boothe, 30, of Parachute, were arrested on Nov. 13 after a woman reported the pair had attacked her on a Rifle sidewalk.

The woman told police that her attackers fled in a white pickup, while she was picked up by a passing motorist who proceeded to pursue the truck and call the police, the arrest affidavit reports.

The pickup ultimately evaded the caller, but was spotted by a police officer who activated his lights. After a brief chase, the driver, whom the officer recognized as Hays, hit the curb and exited the car with his hands up. The passenger, later identified as Boothe, took off into the woods and was caught by another officer. Hays was ordered to the ground and handcuffed as the truck rolled down the embankment and into the creek bottom. A search yielded a container of a substance that later tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine.

Hays and Boothe denied that an assault had taken place, but police found blood at the scene and the woman required several stitches.

Boothe was arrested for possession of a controlled substance and complicity and is being held on $13,500 bond.

Hays, who has some prior misdemeanor drug charges, was arrested for felony distribution of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance, first-degree assault, vehicular eluding, menacing and intimidating a witness. He is being held on a $28,750 bond.


On the afternoon of Nov. 18, a New Castle police officer stopped a driver he recognized as Sean Patrick Egan, 26, of Silt, whose his license had been revoked after an accident the week before.

A search of the vehicle yielded a bag of a substance that later tested presumptive positive as methamphetamine as well as an unlabeled bottle of pills later identified as methylphenidate, a schedule II controlled substance.

Egan was arrested for felony possession of controlled substances and misdemeanor driving under restraint, and later released on a $10,000 personal recognizance bond.


Glenwood Springs police are looking for information on a group of individuals who stole a purse from a restaurant Nov. 16 and are suspected of a similar thefts around the state.

The same people are shown in surveillance footage of the theft at Taipei Tokyo and a theft in a Fruita restaurant later the same day, although one suspect appears to be wearing a wig in the Glenwood footage. Other potentially related thefts were reported in Grand Junction, Burlington and Limon.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the GSPD at 970-384-6500 or Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 970-945-0101. Watch video of the suspects at

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