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Week keeps city police busy

Greg Mass

Glenwood Springs police were busy last week, making arrests involving a Sopris Elementary break-in, an assault with a hammer and taking a report of a naked guy with a “Scream” mask running through Hotel Colorado. Glenwood Springs police chief Terry Wilson said his officers were glad to have made the final of five arrests in the Sept. 5 break-in and vandalization of Sopris Elementary. The previous four people arrested were 17, so police didn’t release their names. But on Friday, police arrested Jason Poindexter, 18, of Glenwood Springs. Poindexter, along with his five alleged counterparts, are suspected of breaking into the downtown school, then spraying fire extinguishers around the inside, as well as breaking two television sets and putting a metal coffee can inside a microwave oven and turning it on, burning up the microwave. Police arrested each on charges of second-degree criminal trespass, second-degree burglary and criminal mischief – all felonies – as well as second-degree tampering misdemeanors. The break-in happened about 4 a.m. Sept. 5 and caused about $4,000 in damage. “I think the major cost was cleanup,” Wilson said. Around 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police were called when a man dressed in a T-shirt and a “Scream” movie mask ran into the Hotel Colorado, exposed himself to two female housekeepers, then ran out again. The man was not caught. On Friday, police arrested a man suspected of attacking another man by striking him in the head with a hammer. Valley View Hospital staff first notified police of the situation early on the morning of Nov. 13. When police arrived, they interviewed the victim’s friends, who said that as they were leaving the Oasis Bar and Grill on Highway 6 & 24, a man attacked their friend. The attacker apparently used a hammer to strike the victim’s head, causing an open skull fracture. The victim’s friends took him home at first, according to medical personnel. But according to Wilson, they saw their friend acting “goofy,” so they brought him to the hospital.The wound was so bad, the man’s brain was visible through the hole, according to reports. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction, and is reportedly recovering from his injuries. After an investigation, police on Friday morning arrested Eduardo Esparza, 21, of Glenwood Springs, on suspicion of first-degree assault. “We’re really quite surprised that we didn’t have a death,” Wilson said. Contact Greg Mass: 945-8515, ext. 511gmasse@postindependent.com


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