Crime Briefs: Knife threat is man’s fourth arrest of year |

Crime Briefs: Knife threat is man’s fourth arrest of year

Ruben “Plucky” Chavez III last week was arrested for the fourth time this year after he allegedly threatened a man with a knife.

Chavez, 21, of Rifle, was charged with unlawful sexual contact with a Post Independent contributing columnist in a Glenwood Springs parking lot in November 2014 and has been arrested a dozen times on charges ranging from drug possession and marijuana distribution to assault and menacing since he reached age 18.

On the afternoon of Aug. 5, according to testimony in his arrest affidavit, a Rifle man was walking from a mailbox when Chavez emerged from a car and began yelling at him. When the man turned around and didn’t respond, Chavez reportedly produced a knife. In response, the other man told police, he wrapped his shirt around his hand and told Chavez to drop the knife if he wanted to fight.

Chavez obliged, but the fight was averted when a distraught woman arrived and escorted Chavez back to the car.

A warrant was issued for Chavez’s arrest, and he was booked at the Garfield County Jail on Aug. 9 on suspicion of felony menacing.


When police responded to a report of a heated argument at a Glenwood Springs motel on the night of Aug. 11, they found the suspect hiding behind the vending machine.

The 31-year-old Clifton man’s family – two young children, their mother, and two older children from a previous marriage – painted a picture of events.

According to testimony in his arrest affidavit, the man, who had an outstanding warrant for domestic violence, became angry after a colicky baby threw up on him. When one of the children attempted to call 911, he reportedly threatened to punch the youth and was held back by the boy’s mother.

Staff heard a man cursing and took care of the upset kids while they waited for police.

The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony, as well as misdemeanor menacing, harassment and child abuse, which will be treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing.


A burglar at a Glenwood Springs motel did more than $500 in damage while the owner watched on camera, and managed to get away with $12 in quarters and $33 worth of laundry detergent before police apprehended him early on the morning of Aug. 6.

The 18-year-old Glenwood Springs man seemed unaware that the owner and his family were just on the other side of a locked door as he tried to break into the cash register and moved on to the laundry.

According to his arrest affidavit, he was leaving as police arrived and took off running before he could be properly arrested. He ignored orders to stop and was pursued and caught by a police dog. A search of his person yielded barrel keys, a crowbar and some homemade picks, the affidavit said.

The man was treated at Valley View Hospital before being lodged at the Garfield County Jail on suspicion of first-degree trespass, second-degree burglary, third-degree burglary and possession of burglary tools, all felonies, as well as resisting arrest and criminal mischief, both misdemeanors.


When deputies responded to a report of menacing at an East Elk Creek campground on the night of Aug. 8, it led them to a woman with multiple warrants.

According to her arrest affidavit 25-year-old Georgetown woman was restrained from contacting her camping partner, but that didn’t stop the pair of them from threatening nearby campers when they complained about barking dogs.

When confronted, the woman emerged from her tent with her hands up, but yelled profanities when deputies tried to arrest her and struggled as she was escorted to the squad car, the affidavit said. She also tried to convince the neighboring campers to take care of her dog in her absence, but they declined.

In transit, she reportedly got free from her seat belt and got lodged in between the partition and the door of the backseat. When an officer attempted to pick her up, she screamed and spat in his face.

She was lodged at the Garfield County jail on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony, as well as violation of restraining order, resisting arrest, harassment and failure to comply, all misdemeanors.


A Glenwood man didn’t believe his sister and her husband when they threatened to call the cops after he wandered into their Four Mile home early on the morning of Aug. 2.

According to testimony in his arrest affidavit, the 39-year-old man began honking his horn as he arrived. Clad only in a shirt and underwear, he found an unlocked door and lay down on an available bed, ignoring attempts by his family to roust him.

Officers responding to the call observed that he seemed intoxicated when he was arrested on suspicion of first-degree trespass and second-degree burglary, both felonies.

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