Crime Briefs: Carbondale man faces 17 counts of child sex assault

A 45-year-old Carbondale man has been arrested on 17 counts in a case of sexual assault on a child, which police say stems from four years of abuse of an adolescent girl.

John Wayne Diamond, owner of GreenBuild Roofing LLC in Basalt, is accused of molesting a girl from 2011 to 2015, when she was approximately 9-13 years old, according to police reports.

These incidents occurred at Missouri Heights, Diamond’s office in Willits Town Center, a house near Carbondale and a residence in Basalt, according to police.

Over the course of this time Diamond would entice the victim with food, items off eBay, video games and playing cards, she told police. He bought the victim food, flowers, necklaces, knives and other items, according to another witness.

The victim also said that at one point he gave her $200 to have intercourse with him.

He also threatened that if the young girl told anyone, he would shoot her, kill her entire family, shoot the responding cops and shoot himself, according to an affidavit.

In the last three years, Diamond’s criminal history includes numerous police contacts and arrests — including incidents of harassment, heroin use, menacing, firing a gun in a residence during an argument with a girlfriend, child abuse, criminal mischief, violating protection orders and bond conditions, criminal trespass and domestic violence.

Diamond was arrested in this case on one count of pandering a child, a class 2 felony; 11 counts of sexual assault on a child younger than 15 as a pattern of abuse, a class 3 felony; one count of sexual assault on a child younger than 15, a class 4 felony; 3 counts of enticement of a child, a class 4 felony; and one count of misdemeanor menacing.

He’s in the Garfield County jail on $503,000 bail.

Knife-wielder THREATENS COPS

Glenwood Springs police responded to a call the evening of July 28 about a man brandishing a knife at his sister on the 1500 block of Blake Avenue.

The woman told police that her 24-year-old brother was standing outside the window waving a knife and shouting “I’ll be back to kill you,” according to an affidavit.

She was in fear for her life and that of her young son, she told officers.

The 24-year-old man then got into a white truck with four or five other people and left. The woman said he still had the knife and a hammer.

At about 4:15 a.m. the woman called police again saying that her brother was in her residence.

When police arrived the woman let them into the house, where they found the 24-year-old man sitting in the living room. They arrested him at gunpoint.

He was cooperative while being arrested, saying, “I live here.”

But later, kicking the inside of the patrol car he repeatedly called the officer “queer” and said things like “you’ll regret this” and “call my mom,” according to police reports.

Being booked at the jail, he made threats to the officer: “I will return to Mexico and bring my family to kill that officer” and “more officers deserve to die.”

He was arrested on charges of attempt to influence a public servant, a class 4 felony; menacing, a class 5 felony; and criminal mischief, a class 6 felony.


Silt police got a call Monday evening about a theft at Dollar General. An employee reported that a woman, whom she called a known thief, had concealed items in her small brown bag.

Officers saw a woman matching this description leaving the store and approached her.

“Before I could say anything else, (she) said I did not steal anything and showed me the inside of her purse,” according to an affidavit.

The officer found she had an outstanding warrant in Glenwood Springs for petty theft.

Upon being arrested on this warrant, the woman “was very upset and said she had needles that were not hers within her property.”

The Silt officer reported that he found four hypodermic needles, one of which was about one third full of reddish substance, which tested positive for heroin.

“In addition to the needles were seven small plastic baggies, six small pieces of foil with black residue, two plastic tubes and a lighter,” which the officer suspected were used for packages and smoking drugs like heroin and methamphetamine.

She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 felony, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.

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