Crime Briefs: Speeding turns into beating
Garfield County deputies arrived in a mobile home park near Rifle on the evening of Aug. 28 to find a man lying in the road bleeding from his scalp.
Witnesses described the incident as an conflict over speeding turned violent.
According to his arrest affidavit, a 19-year-old Rifle man was driving fast through his mobile home park when a neighbor blocked his car and approached to talk to him. The driver responded by getting out of his car and punching his neighbor in the head until he was unconscious, then kicking him in the face a couple times, inflicting what would later be defined as serious bodily injury.
Each person authorities talked to expressed fear that the driver might hit someone, and all agreed that the neighbor never attempted to strike back.
A warrant was issued, and the driver was arrested Sept. 3 on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony, as well as reckless driving and driving under restraint.
EXPIRED PLATE LEADS TO DRUGS
A State Patrol traffic stop on Highway 6 for expired registration tags led to a pair of warrant arrests on Sept. 3.
The driver, a 23-year-old woman from Basalt, told the trooper that she’d just bought the car and could produce a bill of sale but not registration. She turned out to have an instruction permit rather than a license. She also had an out-of-state drug warrant, according to her arrest affidavit.
The passenger, a 39-year-old man from New Castle, initially gave a false name, the affidavit said, but was ultimately identified in association with a misdemeanor warrant.
A search of the car yielded several needles, a large amount of cash, and one bag each of methamphetamine and heroin hidden in the console.
BB GUN USED IN BURGLARY
A Boulder police officer on vacation in Glenwood Springs called in local authorities early Sept. 4 when he woke to the sound of a BB gun and saw a man pointing one at hotel from across the street.
Police found that the front door of the hotel had been shattered and discovered two holes in the office windows. When a 22-year-old Glenwood Springs man was found dressed in black, with a bandana covering his face and what appeared to be a handgun nearby, he was arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary, a felony, as well as criminal mischief and possession of an illegal weapon.
LAUNDRY ROOM, NOT BATHROOM
Although a Rifle couple claimed they were just going to the bathroom when police confronted them at a Silt hotel on the morning of Sept. 9, surveillance footage suggested something a little more nefarious.
According to their arrest affidavits, the 30-year-old man and 25-year-old woman were caught on tape in the laundry room, where the man messed with the coin machine.
The woman reportedly later told police breaking into the coin machine was the plan all along, and was arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit a felony.
The man, meanwhile, allegedly gave a false name, and when a search of their car yielded a crowbar, lock punches, metal file, tweezers, and pliers, he was arrested on suspicion of possession of burglary tools and criminal impersonation, both felonies, as well as attempt to commit a felony.
GAS STATION BURGLARY
Police are seeking information on a burglary Wednesday night at Bradley’s Petroleum in Glenwood Springs.
According to Police Chief Terry Wilson, the incident does not appear to be connected to a break-in at Iron Mountain Hot Springs last week.
“We think they’re completely separate violations and perpetrators,” he said.
To submit a tip, visit glenwoodpolice.com/crime-tips/ or call Garfield County CrimeStoppers at 970-945-0101.
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