Sex assault suspect nabbed in New Castle |

Sex assault suspect nabbed in New Castle

James David Tiner

NEW CASTLE, Colorado – After receiving tips from Garfield County residents late Friday, authorities located a sex assault suspect wanted by the FBI and arrested him at 1:30 a.m. Saturday after a short vehicular chase, according to FBI spokesman Dave S. Joly.

James David Tiner, 59, who used the nickname “Music Dave,” was wanted on suspicion of sexual assault of an 8-year-old girl who went to his home in Palisade for music lessons in 2009 and 2010.

Tiner had listed himself in a local newspaper as a music teacher for hire.

The girl’s mother contacted authorities in April 2012 to report the alleged assaults. A search of Tiner’s home uncovered photos and videos of the 8-year-old in the nude and performing sexual acts with Tiner, as well as photos of other young girls in the nude.

Mesa District Court issued a warrant for his arrest April 20. The FBI followed with a federal warrant on June 11 because Tiner was believed to have fled to Arkansas, where he has relatives, Joly reported.

On Dec. 20, FBI issued another press release in the case, which was published and aired by Western Slope media, including the Post Independent, on Friday.

After seeing the articles, several Garfield County residents tipped law enforcement about his whereabouts, Joly reported Saturday.

Authorities located Tiner’s vehicle late Friday parked in New Castle, and an FBI agent had it under surveillance, Joly said. At 1:30 a.m., Tiner came outside, got in the car and started to drive, and the FBI agent attempted to pull him over.

When Tiner didn’t stop, the agent called for assistance, and officers with the New Castle Police Department and Garfield County Sheriff’s Department joined the pursuit and “boxed him in,” Joly said. Tiner was taken into custody without further incident.

Tiner is being held on a no-bond warrant in the Garfield County Jail for the Palisade Police Department.

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