Crime Briefs: Drug party with men, teen girls busted
Two Garfield County men were arrested last week in connection with a motel party involving methamphetamine, cocaine and at least three underage girls.
On the evening of April 20, a 26-year-old man contacted Glenwood Springs police concerned that his 17-year-old cousin had been missing all day. She had posted a photo of herself holding a whisky bottle in a motel room that the man believed to be in the Silver Spruce Motel.
While police were on their way to the motel, the man called in again saying he’d contacted her over the phone and that she was “tripping on meth,” according to an affidavit.
In the background he heard a man say, “Don’t give him the room number” and urging her to meet her cousin at a car dealership.
A motel employee told officers what room they suspected, saying numerous people had been coming and going and the room had several noise complaints.
Meanwhile, the 26-year-old man called police again saying he’d picked up his cousin.
Officers arrived and tried to talk to the girl, but she seemed too much under the influence to talk, wrote one officer. She appeared paranoid, unable to sit still and kept pulling at her hair. She was taken to Valley View Hospital, where she tested positive for cocaine, methamphetamine and marijuana.
She later said she had snorted meth, which she told police she got from Jose Salvador Medrano, a 33-year-old from Carbondale. She also told police she’d gotten methamphetamine from Abran Gutierrez, a 19-year-old Rifle man.
At the hotel, offices found the room empty with Modelo bottles strewn about. Medrano, who rented the room, had also rented out another, said the hotel staff.
In the second room police found Medrano and a female he said was his girlfriend. She claimed to be 23, but police later found she was 17. Both of them displayed signs of intoxication, wrote police.
The 17-year-old was issued a summons for minor in possession and was released to her mother.
The man told police that he didn’t know she was only 17, that she was not his girlfriend and that he was just spending the night with her.
He was arrested.
Later, after trying to get back into the motel room, the 19-year-old Gutierrez was pulled over driving away from the Silver Spruce.
In the car with him were a 16-year-old girl listed as a missing juvenile from Carbondale and two other males who were released. The girl had also been at the motel and was transported to her residence and released to her mother.
In the vehicle, police found about 9.8 grams of methamphetamine, a half-gram of cocaine and a glass pipe.
Medrano was arrested on charges of distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; violation of bail, a class 6 felony; and misdemeanor violation of a restraining order.
Gutierrez’s charges included distribution of a controlled substance, a level 3 drug felony; contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a class 4 felony; possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony; possession of cocaine, a level 4 drug felony; and misdemeanor driving under revocation.
Mother chases drunk driver
A mother with her child in tow made sure that a drunken driver landed behind bars earlier this month, tailing him after seeing his dangerous driving Interstate 70.
Officers got her report of a Mercury minivan with a Betty Boop sticker on the back window weaving and passing cars on the shoulder and median at 100-plus mph.
The driver exited at Parachute, pulled into the Cottonwood View Apartments and crashed into two vehicles in the parking lot.
The woman had been tailing the 41-year-old Parachute man after seeing his erratic driving on the interstate, giving dispatch updates on his location and behavior.
When he got out of the minivan she confronted him, saying that drunken driving is dangerous. He reached back into the vehicle and flashed a gun at her, she told police.
She fled. Parachute police arrived to find the man lying between two vehicles next to the minivan. Next to him was a can of beer.
When the officer, gun drawn, ordered the man to show him his hands, “the male seemed confused and started yelling ‘Poppa’ over and over,” according to an affidavit. His jacket was wet from the beer can in his pocket.
Running his criminal history, the officer also found he had four DUI convictions since 2002.
Among the new charges are menacing with a weapon, a class 5 felony; driving under the influence (persistent), a class 4 felony; and misdemeanor charges.
Pair arrested in stolen car deal
Silt police arrested a pair they say were vehicle theft co-conspirators.
In December, a 1989 Suburban was stolen from the Holiday Inn Express in the night. The keys were left in the vehicle.
Surveillance footage at the hotel showed a Cadillac with three people inside pulling up next to the Suburban in the early morning. One man could be seen getting out of the Cadillac, getting into the Suburban and driving away, according to an affidavit.
The Suburban owner’s son told police a day later that he’d contacted a 29-year-old acquaintance to talk about the vehicle theft and ask him to keep any eye out for some tools that were in the vehicle: a harness, a chainsaw and some other hand tools.
As it turns out, the 29-year-old called back a few hours later to say he had some of the tools. He was staying at a motel next to Fiesta Guadalajara in Rifle.
Police showed up and asked how he’d come across the tools.
“(He) was being evasive and said ‘I thought this was going to be a no cops thing,” according to the affidavit.
He said the Cadillac did belong with him and his wife had dropped off a 38-year-old Silt man at the Holiday Inn Express.
Garfield County deputies found the vehicle on March 8 parked northeast of Fravert Reservoir Road. The deputies reported that the Suburban “was in pieces and had many parts removed from it.”
A man who was arrested March 23 for a string of other thefts, told police that the suburban had been stolen by the Silt man, with help from the 29-year-old and his wife. He said the 29-year-old planned to pay the Silt man “in meth to remove parts off of the vehicle in question to put on his own vehicles or sell.”
The Silt man was arrested on aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 5 felony, and the 29-year-old was arrested on conspiracy to commit aggravated motor vehicle theft, also a class 5 felony.