Crime briefs: Target groping defendant arrested twice more |

Crime briefs: Target groping defendant arrested twice more

Ruben “Plucky” Chavez III has been arrested twice more since he was accused of unlawful sexual contact with a Post Independent columnist in November.

Chavez, 21, of Rifle, was charged with misdemeanor violation of a protection order in December, felony menacing in January and possession of a dangerous weapon in February.

The first of these latest felony charges stem from an incident on the night of Jan. 29.

Glenwood Police responded to a call from a local motel around 11 p.m. and spoke with a 14-year-old girl who had come looking for aid, saying she was being chased with two men with guns. She told police that Chavez had challenged her 15-year-old boyfriend to a fight in Two Rivers Park. When a group of teens arrived to answer the challenge, she said Chavez and another man produced handguns, prompting them to flee.

Chavez was arrested for felony menacing and violation of bond conditions as well as unlawfully aiming a firearm at another and violation of a restraining order, both misdemeanors, and released on bond.

A month later, on Feb. 27, Garfield County sheriff officers pulled Chavez over for illegally tinted windows near Rifle.

Chavez’s insurance was expired and his license was suspended, prompting his arrest and a search of the car. Officers found a pipe with partially burned marijuana and spring-loaded ballistic knife.

Chavez, who had four protection orders that included prohibitions against possession of a weapon, was arrested on three counts of felony violation of bail bond conditions, felony possession of weapons by a previous offender, felony possession of a dangerous weapon, four counts of violation of a restraining order, driving with a restrained license, open marijuana container in motor vehicle, and failure to provide proof of insurance. He was later released on a $17,650 bond.

Chavez previously was arrested Nov. 13 on a misdemeanor charge of unlawful sexual contact in an incident at Glenwood Meadows in which Mari Rose Hale, a monthly community columnist for the PI, described being grabbed from behind in the parking lot outside Target. His arrest affidavit in that incident said he was a “validated Norteno gang member” and “a suspect in a California homicide,” though details about that were not available.


Wade Shuey, 49, of New Castle, was arrested on Feb, 28 after his wife told police that he “held a gun to her head with one hand and held her by the throat with the other,” according to his arrest affidavit.

She said he had been up for three days on methamphetamine before he broke down the door to the bedroom and pointed the gun at himself before turning it on her.

Shuey told police that he accused her of cheating and that an argument ensued, but said he had pointed the gun only at himself.

He was arrested for felony menacing and misdemeanor assault, which would be treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing.


Chad Boulter, the 26-year-old Carbondale man accused of manufacturing methamphetamine in his downtown apartment, appeared in court this week and remains in jail on a $5,000 bond.

Deputy Public Defender Jose Gonzales told the court that Boulter does not have the resource to post bail, and asked that his bond be reduced to $2,000. He argued that his client’s former management experience and housing paid through June make him an asset to the community and a low flight risk.

Deputy District Attorney Jim Leuthauser disagreed, citing a previous failure to appear for a 2013 heroin possession case in Florida. Magistrate Holly Strablizky opted not to modify the bond.

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