Police say attack in Glenwood is part of a violent pattern by suspect
Post Independent Staff
One night late last year, three masked men broke into the back of a trailer in West Glenwood.
They entered one man’s bedroom and reportedly yelled at him, “Put your (expletive) face on the ground, this is the police,” according to an affidavit by a Glenwood Springs police detective.
They stabbed the man in the torso and cut his head, before holding him and four other occupants of the trailer at gun- and knifepoint and stealing jewelry and cash.
Samuel Lincoln, one of the suspected assailants, now sits in Garfield County Jail, facing attempted murder and other charges in connection with the case. He also is wanted in Mesa County for his alleged involvement in the Nov. 23 shooting of a man who survived six bullet wounds.
And Lincoln’s alleged pattern of violence goes back further. In investigating the stabbings and burglary of Nov. 30, 2004, in West Glenwood, Glenwood police learned that Lincoln allegedly had been involved a few weeks earlier in a similar crime. Several men, one of whom reportedly said to a victim that he was Samuel Lincoln, had stolen $700 in cash and $7,900 in property from a home in Mesa County while holding its occupants at gunpoint, the Glenwood affidavit states. It makes no mention of injuries in that incident.
Lincoln had been arrested in the case and had been scheduled to go to trial in October, before becoming a fugitive.
Glenwood police cited the similarity between the two crimes in helping make its case to issue arrest warrants in October for last year’s stabbings and burglary at the Fireside Trailer Park.
On Sunday night, Lincoln was arrested at the Budget Host motel in Glenwood Springs. That’s the same place he reportedly was staying at the time of last year’s stabbing.
Authorities say Lincoln and Shannon Wandell had gone to the motel this weekend after the car they were in broke down in New Castle, while Lincoln was seeking to avoid arrest for the recent shooting.
He also is accused of having fired three shots at a sheriff deputy’s patrol vehicle during a chase by police on Dec. 1 in Grand Junction.
The October arrest warrants in Glenwood Springs also named Lawrence Dale Doty, 25, of Grand Junction, as a suspect in the 2004 burglary and stabbings. Doty already was in Mesa County Jail on unrelated charges.
The third suspect in the case has not been identified.
Wilson said money apparently was the motivating factor behind the incident. After ransacking the trailer, the three men took jewelry worth $1,200, and $300 in cash.
He said it’s possible three men were after money to buy drugs. The affidavit indicates they may have been using methamphetamine prior to the crime. Authorities say Lincoln was part of the meth subculture in the Grand Junction area.
The victim in the 2004 stabbings suffered deep cuts to the abdomen and lower waist, two cuts near his left eye and another on the top of his head.
Another man in the trailer told police he had tried to flee the trailer without his shoes on but was confronted outside by a man with a rifle that had a knife affixed to it and was ordered back into the trailer.
While Lincoln was in Mesa County Jail in May, a Glenwood detective tried to interview him about the Glenwood case. Lincoln stood up and said, “I wasn’t in Glenwood Springs at that time. You can contact my lawyer,” and then walked out, according to the police affidavit.
The detective then interviewed Doty, who reportedly said he hadn’t been in Glenwood Springs in two years and witnesses were lying about his involvement in the case.
“People are trying to railroad me and get me into trouble for things I didn’t do,” Doty reportedly said.
Police say Lincoln’s criminal history includes numerous other counts, including marijuana manufacturing, driving under the influence, carrying a concealed weapon, smuggling contraband into prison, robbery, motor vehicle theft, felony menacing, larceny and possession of dangerous drugs.
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