Crime Briefs: Man faces graffiti felony

A 21-year-old Glenwood Springs man outed himself as a graffiti artist in a Facebook photo that landed him behind bars with a felony charge.

Glenwood Springs police investigated the incident of criminal mischief for months.

A Facebook photo on his profile from December showed him “scrawling something on the side of one of the hand-painted City of Glenwood Springs electrical boxes,” according to an affidavit.

The artists who painted the electrical boxes estimated it would cost $3,000 to repair the damage, which would require work to sand off the graffiti, use “top artistic supplies” and finish it with a clear coat.

The 21-year-old was arrested on a charge of criminal mischief ($1,000 to $4,999), a class 6 felony.

Man beaten in Two Rivers Park

Glenwood Springs police responded March 19 to medical call from a man who’d been beaten in Two Rivers Park.

At the scene they found a 57-year-old man with a bloodied face, swollen and bruised eyes and a swollen and broken nose, according to an affidavit.

He told police he’d been playing horseshoes with a man he didn’t know in Veltus Park. He agreed to let the man stay in his room at Silver Spruce motel, and they were walking toward the hotel through Two Rivers Park “when the male became angry about needing to walk around due to the construction in the park,” according to an affidavit.

At some point along their walk the attacker said, “I always wanted to kick a Marine’s ass.”

He attacked the 57-year-old man, a Marine Corps veteran. He threw him to the ground, got on top of him and repeatedly hit him in the face, the victim told police.

The victim believed he lost consciousness. When he came back around, the attacker was gone.

Later, at Valley View Hospital, he gave police the man’s name but said they were friends, and he didn’t want the man to get into trouble.

A 43-year-old Glenwood Springs man, whom police believe to be the culprit, was arrested on a second-degree assault charge.

Known Rifle criminal at it again

Rifle police responded Feb. 28 to a call about suspicious activity at the Brenden Rifle 7 Theaters. A man in the parking lot was seen checking for unlocked vehicle doors, according to an affidavit.

The responding officer wrote that he knew the 40-year-old man from several other contacts. “I also know that (he) has a long criminal history of trespassing and theft.”

Officers initially let him go, citing a lack of evidence. But surveillance footage showed him trying to get into two vehicles in the parking lot. Both of them belonged to theater employees.

The man said he was only going for a walk, according to police.

He was later arrested on two counts of attempted first-degree criminal trespass.

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