Crime Briefs: Man douses self with gasoline, threatens fire |

Crime Briefs: Man douses self with gasoline, threatens fire

A 31-year-old Rifle man sentenced to community corrections earlier this year was booted from the program after he doused himself in gasoline and threatened to light himself on fire Nov. 17, according to his case file.

He was originally arrested on charges of felony aggravated motor vehicle theft, possession of methamphetamine and possession of drug paraphernalia.

In March, the Rifle man called law enforcement for help from the 100 block of Airport Road, saying people who had tried to kill him in Grand Junction were following him.

The truck he was driving was reported stolen out of Craig the night before.

He had also been listed by Grand Junction police just five days prior as “missing/endangered,” after he’d “left a mental health facility for being suicidal and previously had a knife on him,” according to an affidavit.

Police found a glass pipe, a plastic baggie with suspected methamphetamine and six “colored rocks” that tested positive as an amphetamine and weighed 18.4 grams, according to an affidavit.

Follow the gasoline incident, he’ll go back to court for resentencing, and he’s being held without bond.


A Parachute man raging against his elderly parents, one of whom is blind, landed in jail with “crimes against at risk adults” and false imprisonment charges.

On Willow View Way in Parachute, sheriff’s deputies responded to a domestic violence call. In the home of a couple in their 80s, a witness reported hearing screaming and slamming doors.

The witness warned that the couple’s adult son was mentally unstable and a drinker, according to an arrest affidavit. The witness had also seen through the window the son shoving his blind father.

When the reporting deputy arrived and tried to get them to open the door, the son appeared to make sure the door was locked rather than let him in, the officer wrote.

But he eventually moved away from the door, allowing his father to unlatch it. The father said his son had been assaulting him for about 20 minutes before officers arrived.

The son “was obviously impaired by something,” the deputy wrote in an affidavit.

Around a recliner where the parents said their son sits was a duct tape boundary, with various warnings around it, wrote the deputy.

The man was arrested on charges of third-degree crimes against at risk adults, a felony; false imprisonment; obstructing a peace officer and resisting arrest. He was also on bond on a charge of felony assault on a Parachute police officer.

Glenwood TO California phone harassment

Glenwood Spring police arrested a 45-year-old Glenwood Springs man Dec. 2 for making threatening calls to a family in California.

The California man who made the report said he’d received several calls from someone in Glenwood Springs, and he said the caller was slurring his words. He said the caller had threatened to come to their house and “mow them down,” and he’d called them racially derogatory names.

The man was concerned enough to make sure all the home’s doors were locked and kept a firearm nearby, he told police.

The California man had never been to Colorado and didn’t have any idea how the Glenwood Springs man got their number.

Calling the Glenwood Springs phone number, an officer recognized the voice on the answering machine as someone who’d made harassing phone calls in the past. And in little more than the time it took the officer to leave a voicemail, the California man had rung again to report another threatening phone call.

The Glenwood Springs man had left a voicemail saying, “You got the wrong guy, the wrong guy, I’m a straight 220 pounds. I put up 405 on the bench. You don’t want to —- with me,” according to an affidavit.

The man was arrested on charges of felony menacing and misdemeanor harassment.


A Carbondale man held up a Glenwood Springs City Market shopper with a pellet gun Nov. 30, according to police.

The 19-year-old got into a woman’s passenger seat, pointed the gun at her and demanded her money and keys, the driver reported to police.

As the woman screamed, the would-be carjacker rifled through the glove box, told her to shut up and left.

The reporting officer wrote in an arrest affidavit that he received information that the Carbondale man had skipped out on his community corrections sentence and was suicidal.

Police tracked him down to the Glenwood Springs 27th Street Roaring Fork Transportation Authority bus stop. When the teen saw police coming for him, he fled, throwing the pellet gun on the ground, according to the arrest affidavit.

After officer ran him down he said he was out looking for a ride out of town and for money.

The teenager’s arresting charges included aggravated attempted robbery with a weapon, first-degree criminal trespass and aggravated menacing with a gun, all felonies.


After a jury convicted Mario Ruiz-Alvarado on charges for firing a shot in a West Glenwood parking lot, Judge James Boyd sentenced him to four years in community corrections and 90 days jail.

A four-day trial in September found him guilty of two counts of felony menacing, one count of possession of a weapon by a previous offender, one count of violation of bail bond conditions, one count of prohibited use of a weapon, one count of reckless endangerment and one count of theft.

Deputy District Attorney Peter Beyel argued that Ruiz-Alvarado had a history of non-compliance with court orders, citing three protection order violations paired with three probation violations prior to the current charges.

Beyel said Ruiz-Alvarado used a stolen gun to fire a shot during a confrontation in a public place without regard for the safety of others, and that merits a Colorado Department of Corrections sentence, said Beyel. Only poor aim kept the incident from being deadly, he said.

The probation department recommended Ruiz-Alvarado for community corrections, and Boyd agreed.

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