Crime Briefs: Violent week in Garfield County
Road rage revolver
The evening commute on Highway 82 turned dangerous on June 26 when a man reportedly brandished a revolver.
Another man told authorities that he’d been cut off by the Chevy, prompting him to pass the truck and raise his hands in a frustrated gesture, according to the arrest affidavit. He said the driver then flipped him off and pulled up next to him with the gun. As the Chevy pulled into a Glenwood Springs parking lot, the other driver took the license plate and called 911.
Questioned by police, a 37-year-old Rifle man admitted to having a revolver but said he had no idea why he was in trouble. His vehicle was towed and searched, yielding four pistols — three of them loaded.
The man was arrested for felony menacing, harassment and reckless endangerment.
Territorial and violent
After her 43-year-old boyfriend hit her, bit her, grabbed her by the throat and pointed a revolver at her on July 3, a New Castle woman told police it wasn’t the first time he’d been violent.
In an interview recounted in his arrest affidavit, she explained that he had previously made her change her number so her exes couldn’t call, and had been sending strange texts to her family.
“He doesn’t like it when women mouth off,” she said in the affidavit.
After the most recent incident, she told her boyfriend that she had fled to Wyoming but called police the next day instead.
He was arrested on July 5 for felony assault, felony menacing, harassment and false imprisonment, which will be treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing.
Son violates restraining order
A Carbondale couple called 911 on June 26 when their 29-year-old son reportedly violated a restraining order and showed up at their house apparently high and on methamphetamine.
According to the arrest affidavit, the man was restrained from within 100 yards of his parents or their house, and the pair had custody of his 3-year-old daughter. When he arrived, his mother told police, he became violent and threatened to break everything, prompting her to flee to a neighbor’s house.
When deputies arrived, he confronted them in the garage and asked why they were there. He refused to put his hands behind his back and resisted being handcuffed, the affidavit says.
He was arrested for felony trespass, harassment, violating a restraining order, resisting arrest and obstructing a peace officer.
GOLF COURSE MYSTERY
Battlement Mesa golf course employees arrived at work on July 2 to find a set of tire tracks on the green and a Ford Focus at the bottom of a cliff near hole 13.
The car turned out to be registered to a woman in Grand Junction, while the temporary tag attached to it was for another vehicle entirely.
A neighbor later told deputies that a man in his 30s had rung his doorbell around 2 a.m. and asked him to tow his car so he could reach his pregnant wife in Denver. After finding a branded cup in the car, authorities also reviewed surveillance footage at a nearby convenience store, but their search was interrupted by a report of a burglary in progress.
Deputies arrived at the home to find a 32-year-old from Berthoud that fit the description of the golf course joyrider. According to his arrest affidavit, the man, who told police that he was schizophrenic, said he had been driven to Parachute by a man who was trying to kill him, and had knocked on doors by “the golf place” looking for help. He was arrested for felony burglary, felony motor vehicle theft, trespass and criminal mischief.
Sexual assault on minor
A 55-year-old Rifle man was arrested Tuesday for alleged sexual assault on a teenage boy.
According to the arrest affidavit, the boy told his counselor that the assault had been ongoing for two or three years, and that he had told him to stop. The accusation prompted a forensic interview and a search of the man’s home. He is due in court for filing of charges next week, and the Post Independent will continue to follow this case as it unfolds.
Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
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