Masked Jacko questioned by Glenwood cops |

Masked Jacko questioned by Glenwood cops

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” King of pop Michael Jackson had a minor brush with the law here Tuesday after he was spotted shopping at Wal-Mart while wearing a full-face ski mask.

According to Glenwood Springs police Lt. Bill Kimminau, an unidentified Wal-Mart employee called police at 11:45 a.m. Tuesday to report two shoppers wearing ski masks in the store. Kimminau said the caller was concerned by seeing people in ski masks, but didn’t know it was Jackson.

Minutes later, a person who turned out to be Jackson and the unidentified man he was with were seen getting into a black Range Rover in the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Police spotted the vehicle driving south on Glen Avenue and proceeded to pull it over to question the occupants about why they were shopping with masks on. Jackson, who was sitting in the passenger seat, removed his mask.

That’s when police discovered one of the masked ones was the gloved one.

“We found out there was no criminal problem or anything else, and they headed to Aspen,” Kimminau told the Post Independent on Friday.

“Based on the homicide two years ago and with a guy wearing a mask, obviously we’re a little concerned,” he said.

The homicide to which Kimminau referred was the unsolved after-hours slaying of 56-year-old Glenwood Springs resident Tom Lubchenco, who was shot by a masked assailant on the night of June 16, 2002.

The frustrated Kimminau said he had received “about 6,000” calls Friday from media outlets across the country, all seeking information on the Jackson incident.

“It wasn’t anything. He was here shopping and he had a mask,” Kimminau said. “And I’m sure if they knew who he was, he probably would have been inundated with autographs.

“This has made it pretty miserable here this morning.”

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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