Glenwood Springs Police Report
Editor’s note: The Glenwood Springs Police Department reports the following incidents and arrests. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.
Assault: At 8:41 p.m. on Aug. 14, dispatch aired a call of an assault in the 1900 block of Blake Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and took a report of an intoxicated woman who had assaulted a man. Namthip Luthens, 40, of Carbondale, was lodged at the Garfield County Jail on a municipal assault charge.
Bias-motivated crime, assault: At 12:32 a.m. on Aug. 15, dispatch aired a call of a fight in progress at Seventh Street and Cooper Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and took a report of an bias-motivated assault. Drew Jared Denney, 23, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested for the charges of bias-motivated crimes and third degree assault.
Underage drinking, trespass: At 11:30 p.m. on Aug. 15, police were notified of trespassers at business in the 400 block of N. River Road after hours. Officers were able to make contact with a man and woman. The woman, Erin Taylor Freerks, 19, of Edgewater, complied with the officer’s direction, but the man fled. Freerks was found to also have consumed alcohol underage and was issued a summons and released. The man, Tracer Damon Bailey, 23, address unknown, was later found and lodged in the Garfield County Jail for trespass and obstructing police.
Illegal camping, trespass: At 6:20 a.m. on Aug. 16, police contacted a man for sleeping behind a business in the 1100 block of Grand Avenue. Douglas Louis Molinari, 47, of New Castle, was issued a summons for trespass and illegal camping. He signed it and was released.
Trespassing: At 8:23 a.m. on Aug. 16, police were advised of a man that was illegally camping and trespassing in the 700 block of Grand Avenue. Officers contacted the man, who had been previously warned not to camp or trespass. Michael Gallegos, 31, of Glenwood Springs, was arrested and lodged at the county jail without incident on the charge of trespassing.
Warrant arrest: At 10 a.m. on Aug. 16, a man contacted the Court Clerk to “turn himself in” on an active arrest warrant. Mario B. Juarez, 24, of New Castle, was arrested and escorted to the county jail to be held on the warrant.
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