Crime Briefs: The Rifle ‘Good Samaritan’ shot himself |

Crime Briefs: The Rifle ‘Good Samaritan’ shot himself

The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office has determined that a man who was shot July 16 was shot by a mysterious assailant as he’d claimed.

In a news release, the sheriff’s office said his gunshot wound was self-inflicted.

This man, who has not been named and has not been charged with a crime, told investigators that he’d pulled over on Colorado 13 near mile marker nine to assist a red vehicle that was stopped with its lights flashing. While approaching the vehicle, he told police, he was shot in the torso by someone in the vehicle.


Glenwood Springs police responded last weekend to a vehicle break-in at Starbucks on Grand Avenue, which led officers to bag full of syringes and methamphetamine.

One barista heard breaking glass early in the morning. Another barista went outside to find her car window had been smashed and her backpack had been stolen. Another employee saw a man run from the area toward the Rio Grande Trail.

At the Wendy’s next door, police found a bike leaning against a dumpster. A bag was slung across the handlebars, and inside police found several needles, one loaded syringe, two spoons with residue on them, a jar of some unknown liquid and a baggie of 27.8 grams of methamphetamine.

This amount of methamphetamine is not consistent with personal use, but with distribution, one officer noted in an arrest affidavit.

About 1½ hours later, a woman on Latson Court called police saying she was with a 43-year-old man with a cut-up hand who’d said he tried to steal a car.

This man told police, though, that he hurt his had when he wrecked his bike the night before and that he left his bike at Wendy’s.

He was arrested on charges of possession of methamphetamine with intent to distribute, a level 2 drug felony, possession of methamphetamine, a level 4 drug felony, and first-degree criminal trespass, a class 5 felony. He was also charged with criminal mischief and theft, both misdemeanors, and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty offense.


Sheriff’s deputies arrested a 30-year-old New Castle woman after witnesses say she was brandishing a rifle and screaming at two family members on Pinon Run.

“The armed female was reportedly yelling at the other parties that they were trespassing on her property,” a deputy wrote in an affidavit.

One of these relatives was the woman’s 24-year-old sister and the other was their 13-year-old cousin visiting from out of town. When deputies arrived, the gun was out of sight.

Watching the 30-year-old’s kids, the younger sister said she got agitated when one of the children “fake cried.”

The 13-year-old cousin told police that she and the younger sister “had been in the house doing laundry and playing with (the 30-year-old’s) kids when (she) went crazy.”

The younger sister added that the irate woman had been drinking and she takes medication for bipolar disorder. They got into an argument and the older sister punched the younger in the temple.

“At this point it ‘escalated’ and (the older sister) told her that she was ‘white trash like mom,’” according to the affidavit.

The 13-year-old cousin began gathering clothes for them to leave. As they were heading out the front door they noticed the 30-year-old sister behind them with a rifle.

The younger sister later said it was only a pellet gun and that she didn’t want to press charges.

The woman was charged with menacing, a class 5 felony, and misdemeanor harassment.

Police link mail thefts

A 20-year-old New Castle man has picked up a couple of cases in quick succession, both involving mailbox thefts.

A Glenwood Springs man discovered in March that a missing $700 check that was supposed to be mailed to him had been cashed about a month earlier.

This check was cashed at Dinero Rapido in Glenwood Springs, according to an affidavit. This business also takes the customer’s identifying information, including a photograph, which investigators were able to connect to the 20-year-old man.

Glenwood Springs police also found this man was also suspected in a money order theft case from June.

In this second case a Glenwood Springs woman reported a couple of money orders had been stolen from her mailbox, which were for rent from a tenant. One was for $200 and the other for $1,000.

On the lesser money order, cashed at Safeway, was a different name than the 20-year-old’s. But his name and other identifying information appeared on the $1,000 money order, cashed at City Market, according to police.

In both of these case he was arrested on identical charges: identity theft, a class 4 felony, forgery, a class 5 felony, and the misdemeanors theft and criminal possession of a financial transaction device.

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