Rifle Police Report
Editor’s note: The Rifle 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.
Warrant arrest: Officers on foot patrol contacted Ryan Patrick Muldoon, 24, of New Castle in the 700 block of West 24th Street at 3:30 a.m. on Aug. 29. Muldoon was arrested on a Garfield County warrant.
Check fraud: Police took a report on Aug. 29 from a Rifle resident paid by check for an item sold over the Internet. The check turned out to be fraudulent.
Driving under revocation: Police responded to a traffic complaint in the 1500 block of Railroad Avenue at 9:30 a.m. on Aug. 31. Daniel Lee Happle, 34, was cited for driving while his license was revoked for habitual traffic offenses. Police encountered Happle driving three hours later in the 100 block of Whiteriver Avenue. He received a second citation. While processing his vehicle for impoundment, officers found methamphetamine and other drugs and cited Happle for possession of illegal drugs.
Identity theft: Police took a report from a Rifle resident on Aug. 31 that someone else had used his identity to take a job in California. The case is being investigated by the IRS.
Driving under revocation: Police contacted a motorist for failing to stop at a stop sign in the parking garage at 6 p.m. on Sept. 1. Alfred Elias Moreno, 30, of Rifle was arrested on suspicion of driving with expired plates, driving without a valid license, driving without proof of insurance, failure to stop and violation of a court order. He was later released on bond.
Felony menacing: Police were called to a fight in the 100 block of West Fifth Street at 7 p.m. on Sept. 1. Two men were arrested for brandishing weapons during the fight: Ruben Chavez, 18, and Angel Lujan, 20, both of Rifle. Two other men, Juan Carlos Toscano-Salgado and Juan Ignacio Toscano-Salgado, were cited for harassment.
Warrant arrest: Police investigating a civil dispute in the 300 block of West Third Street at 9 p.m. on Sept. 2 found a man wanted on a warrant. Michael Francis Byers, 58, of Rifle was arrested on the warrant and later freed on bond.
Driving without a valid license: Officers stopped a motorist in the 1200 block of Railroad Avenue at 11 p.m. on Sept. 2. Hector Bautista-Gomez, 26, of Glenwood Springs was cited for driving without proof of insurance and failing to obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 30 days after moving to the state. His vehicle was impounded.
Warrant arrest: Police arrested Brandon Clouse, 32, of Parachute on a warrant after encountering him in the 100 block of West Fourth Street at 4 p.m. on Sept. 3.
Driving without a valid license: Officers stopped a motorist in the 1100 block of Park Avenue at 2 a.m. on Sept. 4. Cristian Antonio Ayala-Alfaro, 30, of Rifle was cited for failure to use a turn signal and failing to obtain a Colorado driver’s license within 30 days after moving to the state.
Underage drinking: Officers stopped a young man walking in the 1600 block of Railroad Avenue at 3:20 a.m. on Sept. 4. Chance David Collins, 20, of Parachute was cited for underage drinking.
Criminal mischief: Police are investigating a case of domestic violence and criminal mischief reported on Sept. 4.
Warrant arrest: Police arrested Tanner James Vasten, 20, of Rifle on a warrant after encountering him in the 800 block of Taughenbaugh Boulevard at 11:20 a.m. on Sept. 5.
Warrant arrest: Officers responded to a disturbance in the 100 block of West Fourth Street at 12:07 p.m. on Sept. 5. Following an investigation, Jerry Raymond Ryan, 31, of Rifle was arrested on an outstanding warrant, but they did not find further evidence of a crime.
Felony menacing: Police responded to a domestic disturbance in the 2500 block of Meadow Circle at 7:20 p.m. on Sept. 5. Johnie Lynn Pinela, 31, of Rifle was cited for harassment. Additional charges of harassment, burglary, possession of weapons by a previous offender, criminal mischief and menacing are pending against others involved.
Driving under the influence: Police stopped a motorist in the 600 block of McCarron Avenue at 10 p.m. on Sept. 5 for failing to signal and not having a functional brake light. June Emery Myers, 56, of New Castle was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, failure to use a turn signal and driving with a defective brake light.
Vandalism: Police took a report on Sept. 6 of a tire vandalized in the 700 block of Park Avenue.
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