Samantha Pettit facing additional charges in domestic dispute
Post Independent staff
GLENWOOD SPRINGS — Samantha Pettit, accused of trying to stab her boyfriend during a domestic dispute last year, now faces new charges stemming from a separate but related incident.
In 9th Judicial Court on Monday, Pettit listened to a description of new charges against her, which include violation of bail bond conditions, violation of a protective order, criminal mischief to the tune of $500 to $1,000, and harassment.
The new charges stem from an incident on April 16, according to the court’s records. The files show that Garfield County deputies were called to a home on West Carson Circle in Battlement Mesa, based on reports of a woman yelling at a man to “get out” and throwing things at him.
On arrival, the deputies talked with the alleged victim, David Deay, who said Pettit had come home and stared a fight with him, and that she had broken his laptop computer, bashed holes in the walls of the bathroom and jabbed him in the stomach with a broom handle.
Deay also told the deputy that Pettit had access to several weapons in the house, including a .38 caliber pistol that she allegedly had hidden from him.
A deputy parked outside watched Pettit leave the home, followed her and arrested her a short time later, according to the report in the court file.
Pettit, 22, of Battlement Mesa, initially was arrested on Oct. 14, 2012, after Garfield County sheriff’s deputies were called to the same home on West Carson Circle to deal with what a dispatcher described as a knife-wielding woman trying to stab a man, according to a court file concerning Pettit’s case.
Deputy Grzegorz Choinkowski, in a report filed with the court, wrote that he got to the home at 5:20 p.m. that day, which was a Sunday, and found the alleged victim, David Deay, standing outside. Deay, reportedly Pettit’s boyfriend, said the two had been arguing and that she grabbed a kitchen knife and tried to stab him twice before he fled from the house.
Choinkowski reported that he tried talking with Pettit through a window but that she ran at the window “in a rage” and apparently either kicked or pushed the window out at him and a Parachute police officer as they ducked away.
As the two lawmen approached Pettit at the door and tried to talk with her moments later, according to Choinkowski’s report, she allegedly kicked out at them, injuring one of them.
Choinkowski also sustained a cut to his hand, according to the report.
At the time, Pettit was charged with one count of first degree felony assault, three counts of second degree felony assault, assaulting a police officer and other charges.
On Tuesday, Pettit appeared in court in Glenwood Springs, where public defender Tina Fang referred to the new charges and reported that Deay had not yet worked out a “safe-house” plan linked to a restraining order preventing Pettit from having any contact with him.
Fang told District Judge James Boyd that Deay is out of town for a time, and that Pettit was requesting that she be allowed to stay in the home the two once shared, at least while he is out of town.
The modification requested by Pettit permits telephone contact with her boyfriend, but no other contact.
Boyd granted Pettit’s request, permitting Pettit to stay at the home “if he is, in fact, out of town.”
Pettit remains free on a bond of $11,500, and is due in court again on June 11.
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