Crime Briefs: Officer gets bloody nose
A report of a man acting strangely lead to a confrontation with police in Parachute on the night of Aug. 14.
According to the 53-year-old’s arrest affidavit, the officer arrived at an apartment to hear the man muttering inside and was informed by neighbors that the man had been throwing rocks at people.
Contacted by police, the man reportedly refused to provide identification and threatened to throw the officer down the stairs. A subsequent confrontation left the officer with a bloody nose and the other man in handcuffs. He later refused to walk to the patrol car on his own and had to be restrained in the back.
He was arrested on suspicion of second-degree assault, a felony, as well as resisting arrest, obstructing an officer and menacing, all misdemeanors.
MOM LET ME HAVE THE CAR
When a stolen car from Texas turned up in a Parachute parking lot Aug. 11, it didn’t take long to find the driver.
The officer confronted a 28-year-old smoking a cigarette nearby and, according to the arrest affidavit, said the car was his and showed a text from his mother as proof that he had permission to use it. More recent texts, however, included requests to return it. When police contacted the man’s mother directly, she reportedly told them she had hoped to come to a civil arrangement but reported it stolen when her son wouldn’t respond.
The man was arrested on suspicion of second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, a felony.
‘IF I CAN’T HAVE YOU, NOBODY WILL’
A New Castle woman recorded several calls with her 43-year-old boyfriend before contacting police to report his behavior on July 21.
The woman told police that he wouldn’t let her leave when she visited his house July 15, according to the arrest affidavit. Instead, she said, he punched her in the arm and chest, choked her and, when she decided to take a shower, took her clothes and threw them in the toilet.
After the man fell asleep and she left the house, she recorded several phone calls that, according to excerpts in the arrest affidavit, included phrases like “I could have … kept you here as long as I wanted,” “If I can’t have you, nobody will,” as well as threats against an officer who investigated a previous domestic violence case between the two.
A warrant was issued Aug. 14 and the man was arrested Aug. 18 on suspicion of tampering with a witness or victim and violation of bail bond conditions both felonies, as well as third-degree assault, violation of a restraining order and harassment, all misdemeanors.
JUST ONE BIG FAMILY
Garfield County deputies spoke to all three adults involved in a conflict near Parachute on Aug. 19 before making a single arrest.
The woman who initially called police told them that her 21-year-old boyfriend had an argument with the father of her child when he came to visit. As things escalated, according to her testimony in the arrest affidavit, her boyfriend grabbed his pistol from the car, prompting the father to flee the scene.
The father later told deputies that he was holding his child when the other man pointed the gun in his direction and threatened to shoot him. The boyfriend, for his part, maintained that he was just waving the gun around in general and asserted that it wasn’t loaded.
Nevertheless, he was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing and misdemeanor reckless endangerment.
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