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Crime Briefs: Son attacks gay father on I-70

Will Grandbois
wgrandbois@postindependent.com

Early on the morning of Oct. 28, Glenwood Police received an assault report from OnStar and contacted a 51-year-old man near the Hotel Colorado.

The man, whose left eye was swollen and nose was bleeding, told police he’d been arguing with his son as they were traveling down Interstate 70. As he exited in Glenwood, his son began to punch him, breaking the windshield and the rearview mirror in the process.

They located Damien Dempsey, 28, of Canyon City on the shoulder of the Interstate near the mouth of Glenwood Canyon.

According to the arrested affidavit, Dempsey “stated that he was upset because he found out that his dad was homosexual,” and told police that he wished he’d knocked his father out.

He was arrested for felony second-degree assault and misdemeanor criminal mischief.

Carbondale driver caught with coke

Carbondale Police pulled over Juan Cabrera-Bernal, 45, on Oct. 8 for vision obstruction and failure to use a turn signal.

Cabrera-Bernal was able to provide only a Mexican license and expired insurance.

As he was being arrested for driving without a license and failing to provide proof of insurance, police discovered a dollar bill with 1.7 grams of a substance that tested presumptive positive for cocaine, adding unlawful use of a controlled substance to the charges. There were no outstanding warrants for Cabrera-Bernal.

She was going to sell sugar as meth

Tavara Seals, 34, of Grand Junction, passed by several open spaces when she was pulled over for a broken taillight near Parachute on Oct. 27. A search of her vehicle yielded two baggies of marijuana, a glass pipe, a hypodermic needle, 4.25 gram baggie that tested presumptive positive for cocaine, and a 22.68-gram bag of what appeared to be sugar.

“Seals stated that she had two baggies of ‘real’ methamphetamine, and the rest of the white substance was sugar,” the arresting officer wrote in the affidavit. “Seals stated that she was going to sell the sugar as if it were methamphetamine to get money so she could drive home to Grand Junction.”

She was arrested for felony distribution of controlled substances, felony distribution of Imitation controlled substances, and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle.

Rifle man catches thief in garage

On the evening of Oct. 25, a Rifle man discovered his garage unlocked and confronted a man inside who identified himself as Dennis Patrick. The intruder claimed to just be trying to warm up, but as he was carrying a large duffel bag, the homeowner’s suspicions were aroused. As the homeowner reached for his cell phone to call the police, the intruder pushed passed him and ran.

A police investigation lead to Dennis Patrick Carlin, 37. He was found in possession of a wallet another Rifle resident had reported missing along with a pair of handguns, several ink cartridges and a throwback Terrell Davis jersey.

Carlin was arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, second-degree burglary and theft, all felonies, as well as various misdemeanors.


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