Crime Briefs: Hair-raising fight over $20 leads to gunplay | PostIndependent.com

Crime Briefs: Hair-raising fight over $20 leads to gunplay

Ryan Summerlin
rsummerlin@postindependent.com

A 42-year-old man got into a fight involving four women and reportedly pulled a handgun Tuesday.

The man’s daughter had been getting her hair colored at a residence in Silt, and after they left, she found that she was missing $20. The 42-year-old man and the two women with him went back to the house, as they believed someone had taken the money out of the daughter’s purse.

Four women, two on each side, got into a fight at the house, and the 42-year-old man tried to get between them. The fight continued, one woman pulling another into the house by her hair, documents in the case said.

The 42-year-old man was fighting with two women on the ground, and at some point he pulled a gun, police were told.

Then another woman jumped on top of him. He punched her in the face and pulled out two locks of her hair, according to a police report.

Police later pulled the man over with two women in his vehicle. All three were injured and appeared to have been in a fight. He had a bloody nose and lip and a laceration on his hand, according to the police report.

He was arrested on charges of felony menacing and misdemeanor harassment.

Homeless man left in vehicle steals IT

A 20-year-old man who had been in Glenwood Springs about a week and who was living out of his truck on March 3 gave a ride to a 53-year-old homeless man at McDonald’s and later left him alone in the truck with the keys.

The 20-year-old had gone back into the McDonald’s to get food, and when he came back out, he saw his truck pulling away.

The next day the 53-year-old, who is familiar to police from multiple past arrests, was pulled over by Colorado State Patrol in the vehicle, his breath smelling strongly of alcohol and his speech slurred.

While being transported to jail, “he stated he was thankful we arrested him since jail is most likely the best place for him,” a Glenwood officer wrote in his report.

At the jail, authorities also found the truck owner’s credit card in the man’s pocket.

He was arrested on charges of identity theft, aggravated motor vehicle theft, both felonies, along with DUI, driving under suspension, careless driving and theft, all misdemeanors.

FAKE $20 on Amtrak leads to meth bust

Glenwood Springs police were called March 5 for a report of fraud on Amtrak at Glenwood Springs.

The conductor reported that a passenger had attempted to use a counterfeit $20 bill.

Train staff were unsure who exactly the bill came from but narrowed the possibilities to three people. Each of them had ordered food at the same time and each had paid with $20 bills, according to a police report.

Though police couldn’t immediately determine which of the three had paid with the “obviously forged bill,” one of them was a 49-year-old woman with an active warrant. After being arrested, she told officers that she had two bundles of methamphetamine in her bags, which were found to weigh a total of 3.6 grams. In her bags were also numerous counterfeit bills; some were completed only on one side.

At the Garfield County Jail she told an officer that she’d received the bills and methamphetamine from two men in California.

She was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a drug felony, as well as forgery and criminal possession of a forged instrument, both felonies.

Fired employee keeps company card

For about 2 1/2 months, a recently fired employee of Colorado Pool and Spa Scapes had been using the company’s Ace Hardware accounts, racking up bills in Glenwood Springs and Carbondale totalling more than $5,800, according to police.

The 25-year-old man was fired in December, but he purchased items on the company account from Jan. 13 to March 1.

The company’s management was finally tipped off March 1 when Big John’s Ace Hardware in Glenwood contacted the business about the 25-year-old purchasing a Yeti cooler on the account under another employee’s name.

The next day police were called as the 25-year-old had returned to the hardware store, where he was again trying to purchase a Yeti cooler.

He was arrested on charges of theft, identity theft and unauthorized use of a financial transaction device, all felonies.

Man arrested for pushing woman from vehicle

Silt police responded March 4 to a report of domestic violence and someone being hit by a vehicle on the 200 block of Vista Drive.

A woman reported that a 32-year-old man she was riding with had hit her in the head, pushed her out of a moving vehicle and run over her, according to a police report.

An officer noted in his report that he saw no indication that she had been run over, but she was taken to Grand River Health.

The 32-year-old man was arrested the same day on a felony charge of menacing, and domestic violence was applied as a sentence enhancer.

Man found with meth and too much pot

Garfield County sheriff’s deputies stopped a red Chevrolet Camaro on March 7 that nearly hit a concrete median on Interstate 70 near Silt.

The passenger, a 29-year-old man who appeared extremely nervous, was discovered to have two warrants.

After he got out of the vehicle to speak with officers, they found about 15.8 ounces of marijuana where he had been sitting. He said the marijuana was his and claimed he didn’t know there was a limit to the amount he could have.

Authorities also found “two glass pipes attached to plastic tubing that had a white powdery substance inside.” This substance was later found to be methamphetamine.

A third glass pipe in the car contained partly burned marijuana. Also in one of the man’s bags they found four cans of butane, suspected to be used to make hash oil.

He was arrested on drug felony charges of possession of marijuana over 12 ounces and possession of a controlled substance.

Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.


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