Crime Briefs: Man fears death, attacks trees, gets Tased
Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched May 20 to Cross Propane Gas south of Glenwood Springs for reports of a man behaving erratically in the parking lot.
An affidavit described him as “running around acting strange, pushing the reporting person, running into trees and shaking them, crawling under a truck, screaming that someone was trying to kill him … and screaming at a power pole.”
An employee told police that the 26-year-old man, whom police later identified as a transient, came running into the parking lot screaming.
He yelled, “Are you going to kill me?” at the employee. Then he ran into some pine trees and began attacking and shaking them.
When a deputy arrived, the man was still screaming.
“He had white, foamy spit around his lips that was thick and drying,” the affidavit said. “The male went quickly to a post of the gate to the propane yard and seemed to attack it while screaming and yelling.”
At first the man ran from the deputy toward Highway 82, but he got on his stomach when the deputy yelled at him to stop.
He looked up angrily at the deputy and continued to scream profanities.
“His eyes were bloodshot and glassy and had a bulging appearance,” the deputy wrote.
At this point he was only a few feet from heavy traffic the highway. The deputy, who had no backup, thought the man was hallucinating and that he might spring up at any moment to attack him or leap into traffic — so he shot the man with a Taser.
As the 26-year-old was being arrested, he fought, yelling, growling and at times barking. “He still looked crazed,” the affidavit said.
The man was transported to Valley View Hospital. Back at the scene, a deputy found a credit card holder with a Colorado commercial driver license and small bag of containing 1.92 grams of white powder that tested positive for cocaine.
The man was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony, obstructing a peace officer and obstructing government operations, both misdemeanors.
WE WERE JUST FEEDING THE CATS
A Glenwood Springs woman and her boyfriend were arrested after they took her parents’ car while the parents were in Australia, according to police. Police eventually found methamphetamine and stolen prescription pills in the vehicle.
A relative went to the vacationing couple’s house and found the back door unlocked and the window of the daughter’s old bedroom unlocked with the screen off. Inside her old bathroom, he found a syringe and a half-empty can of beer.
Told the news, the parents believed their 22-year-old daughter and her 19-year-old boyfriend had taken their 2003 Cadillac CTS. Both had recently bonded out of jail, and the 19-year-old has a history of car theft and drug arrests.
The 19-year-old’s mother texted the vacationers to say that her son had the Cadillac, according to an affidavit.
Two days later, police found the vehicle not far from the house. Being questioned by police at another location that day, the young man said they’d gone to the house to feed that cats and someone had already stolen the car.
The couple said they found several people inside the house who weren’t supposed to be there.
The daughter said “she believed these people were also responsible for a couple of her dad’s credit cards that had also gone missing,” an officer wrote in his report.
Police got a call later the same day that the pair was back at the residence. When they arrived they found the 19-year-old man standing in the front yard. “I observed (the 22-year-old woman) sitting in the front yard with no shoes on and digging inside a sprinkler control box.” Said she was looking for a spare key to the house. She also told police she had been able to get some of her father’s credit cards back.
On the back deck, officers found a pair of shoes, some other clothing and a set of Cadillac Keys.
At the impound lot officers searched the vehicle and found a baggie of about .4 grams of methamphetamine and three bottles of prescription pills that belonged to the 22-year-old’s parents.
Both were arrested on charges of second-degree burglary, a class 3 felony; possession of a controlled substance, a class 4 drug felony; aggravated motor vehicle theft, a class 5 felony; criminal possession of a financial transaction device, a class 5 felony; and misdemeanor theft.
MAN BEATEN WITH RADIO
Glenwood Springs police arrested a 50-year-old woman after her husband showed up at the hospital, saying she’d beaten him in the night with a radio.
The couple was staying in the man’s camper in a parking lot west of City Hall. The 62-year-old man told police that he was sleeping when he was awakened by his girlfriend bashing him in the face with a radio with a broken antenna.
The man said he didn’t know why she started beating him. She continued to scream obscenities and assault him until he fell out of the camper door.
At Valley View Hospital, one of his eyes was so red the officers couldn’t see any white, and his face was swollen and bruised with a cut below his eye. He was bleeding profusely from a gash on his arm where a doctor believed an artery had been hit.
Though the camper was missing when police went to the parking lot, they tracked it and the 50-year-old woman to Veltus Park.
She was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated second-degree assault. Domestic violence could also be used as a sentence enhancer.
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