Crime Briefs: Upset worker corners boss, fires gun outside business
Employees at a New Castle business called police June 26 when an employee responded violently to being fired.
According to his arrest affidavit, the 27-year-old Silt man stormed off when told to leave, but returned, walked into his boss’s office and shut the door. After making several statements such as, “you tried to kiss me in the bathroom,” he reportedly backed his boss into a corner. Fearing the interaction was about to turn physical, the boss called for help over PA system.
The arrival of two more employees prompted the fired man to run outside. Fearing that he was going to get a gun, the trio locked the doors and called 911. While waiting for police to arrive, they heard a noise like a gunshot and squealing tires.
Officers performed a protective sweep and discovered a spent .233 caliber shell.
The man turned himself in the same night. He told police he planned to kill himself in front of his former coworkers, the affidavit said, but when they ran inside he fired a shot into the air and left the scene.
He was arrested on charges of felony menacing, reckless endangerment, prohibited use of weapons, disorderly conduct and harassment.
SEVERAL THEFTS, INCLUDING MOTORCYCLE
A 30-year-old Rifle man accumulated several theft charges before he was finally arrested for stealing a motorcycle.
According to arrest affidavits, the first suspected crime occurred on June 12, when a New Castle resident woke from a nap to see the man holding his wallet. The homeowner, who had let the man stay at his house before and suspected him of stealing in the past, chased him until the man jumped in a car with his girlfriend.
When the girlfriend was picked up later the same day, she told police that he had been on a methamphetamine and alcohol binge and she was just doing what she was told.
She was arrested on an accusation of conspiracy to commit a felony, driving with a restrained license and misdemeanor theft. Her boyfriend, however, had reportedly been arrested for an incident in Delta, and was not heard from again until June 23.
That’s when the man’s uncle contacted Rifle police to report his green Kawasaki motorcycle stolen. According to the newest arrest affidavit, the uncle told police that he had talked about giving or selling the bike to his nephew, but had required him to have a license or title. He began to suspect that his nephew would try to steal the bike. When it went missing, he talked to neighbors and found the nephew had been seen walking by the house.
The next day, police spotted the 30-year-old on the motorcycle in the distance but didn’t catch up to him until the bike was discovered broken down in a no-parking zone. He was arrested the same day for felony burglary, felony aggravated motor vehicle theft, misdemeanor theft, failure to provide proof of insurance and displaying expired plates.
BEER BOTTLE BREAKS BONES
An argument in Rifle on May 25 escalated when a 27-year-old Battlement Mesa man threw a full bottle of beer at his friend, breaking several bones in the friend’s face.
The thrower placed an anonymous call to police, but they arrived at the house to find the injured man had already been taken to the hospital.
Officers spoke with a pair of witnesses and, according to the arrest affidavit, were told that the pair had begun to argue over a girl. When told to leave, the uninjured man threw the bottle and drove away. He later told authorities on the phone that he hadn’t meant to hit his friend, and would turn himself in within 72 hours — once he found a sitter for his dog.
He was arrested on June 21 for felony assault and failure to appear.
GUNS, DRUGS AT DAIRY QUEEN
When Glenwood Springs Police noticed a woman wanted on a warrant in the passenger seat of a car at Dairy Queen, they notified the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, which stopped the car and ended up making two arrests.
The passenger, a 32-year-old from Glenwood Springs, was wanted for failure to comply in a vehicular eluding case, and was immediately detained. Asked if officers needed to know anything for safety, she admitted that there was meth in her purse and a gun in the door, according to her arrest affidavit. Deputies located a loaded .38-caliber revolver, a bag of suspected methamphetamine, several small baggies and a digital scale.
The woman was arrested for possession of a controlled substance, distribution of a controlled substance and possession of weapons by a previous offender, all felonies.
The driver, a 21-year-old woman from Glenwood Springs, turned out to have an expired license and so, per a Sheriff’s Office policy, the car was searched for hazards before being impounded.
They turned up another .38-caliber revolver, unloaded, several pills and a pipe.
The younger woman was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor theft, and failure to provide proof of insurance.
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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