Halloween trick ends in arrests at Glenwood hotel
When Glenwood Springs police arrived at the Quality Inn around 8:30 p.m. on Halloween, they found a woman tending to a beaten, shirtless man in the hallway while her husband guarded the door of the adjacent hotel room. Four young women sat on the bed inside, among broken lamps, an assortment of unclaimed cell phones and an empty condom wrapper.
Myranda Roman, 20, of Greeley; Destiny Pogue, 19, of Denver; Adrianna Ratcliff, 21, of Denver; and Dezahane Qualls,19, of Denver, who was 17 weeks pregnant, were ultimately arrested for second-degree assault, a felony.
Felix Cruz, 54, of El Jebel, was cited with soliciting prostitution, a misdemeanor.
The other guests, a couple from the Front Range, told police they’d heard a commotion and found Cruz in the hallway bleeding. They turned over a 6-inch knife and a broken door handle, which they said Cruz had handed them.
While being treated at Valley View Hospital, Cruz told police via translator that he started the night by calling a number a friend had given him “if he wanted to have a really good time,” according to the arrest affidavit in the case. His cellphone showed two calls to a number listed at backpage.com for anyone in the Glenwood Springs area who wanted to “come and play with something sexy and sweet who has skills that will drive you crazy,” the affidavit reports.
Cruz said he met a woman at the hotel that evening and was escorted up to the third floor, where he met Roman. He reported negotiating $200 to have sex with her and said she demanded an additional $100 once they began. At that point, he told police, three women came out of the bathroom and demanded all his money. When he refused to comply, they started hitting him. He recalled Roman locking the door as he tried to run, then the other three grabbing lamps, trash cans, high-heeled shoes and a tequila bottle. One of them pulled a knife, but he was able to disarm her, grab his pants and make it into the hall.
Roman gave a different story. She told police that she met Cruz and two other men at a bar and they retired to the hotel room to drink. Cruz made unwanted sexual advances and was asked to leave. At some point, his friends beat him up and left, at which point he became irate and began swinging a lamp at the women.
Ratcliff and Qualls both reported being asleep when Cruz arrived. Ratcliff told police that Cruz and Roman were speaking in Spanish when she woke up. She had a shot with the pair before they began to argue. Cruz then started breaking things and attacked them.
Pogue reported exiting the bathroom to see Cruz swinging a lamp at the other three. She denied hitting him, and couldn’t account for his injuries.
Cruz has since been released on bond. As of Monday night, Roman, Pogue, Ratcliff and Qualls remained at the Garfield County Jail on $5,000 bond.
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Between Thursday and Saturday morning, local law enforcement arrested nine people accused of soliciting children for sex as part of a sting operation.