Crime Briefs: Woman texts 911: ‘I need help’ |

Crime Briefs: Woman texts 911: ‘I need help’

When her husband threatened her with a machete on the afternoon of June 12, a Glenwood woman texted 911 for help.

Dispatch traced the text ­­— which simply said “I need help” — and police arrived at the home and confronted the husband, Joel Membreno-Murillo, 32, of Glenwood Springs.

Using a victim advocate translator, the woman told police that she and her husband were separated but living together for financial reasons. She had begun dating someone else, sparking an argument. She alleged that he became angry, pushed her around and threatened her with a machete until her cousin arrived and hid it. Membreno-Murillo later discovered its hiding place and began stroking it and talking about decapitation, his arrest affidavit said.

He was arrested for felony menacing and misdemeanor harassment, which will treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing.


Carbondale police are looking for information on a man who was caught attempting to break into a home at Crystal Meadows Senior Housing early on the morning of June 19.

The man was wearing a white ball cap and was removing the window screen when the homeowner was awakened by the noise. He was last seen on foot near Holland Drive and Hendrick Drive.

“We are encouraging citizens to keep their homes and vehicles locked and secured,” Police Chief Gene Schilling said in a release.

This incident is under investigation and the police department is asking anyone with information to involved to contact the department at 970-963-2662.


Threatened with eviction, Brandon Bruce-Lund became angry, his landlady told police.

She said Bruce-Lund, 26, of Glenwood Springs, threatened to shoot her and a man who intervened on the afternoon of June 12, according to his arrest affidavit.

Bruce-Lund later spoke with police and told them an officer in Maryland previously told him “he could shoot someone on his doorstep and then drag them inside his house.” Though he admitted to the comments made to the landlord and intervening man, Bruce-Lund said his words were taken out of context.

Bruce-Lund was arrested on two counts of felony menacing.


Daniel Montoya was arrested on June 11 after a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy found drugs in his car.

Montoya, 30, of Pueblo, was pulled over for weaving on Interstate 70 near Rifle and turned out to have a warrant for felony trespass and a suspended license. A subsequent search of Montoya’s vehicle revealed syringes, which Montoya said he used for “dope,” authorities reported.

Other items found included brass knuckles, a small amount of apparent black tar heroin and a tourniquet.

Montoya was charged with felony possession of a controlled substance, misdemeanor possession of an illegal weapon and driving under restraint.


After taking more than $4,000 from the safe at the Glenwood convenience store where she worked, Deidra Brown left a note asking for two days to return it, authorities said.

“I wasn’t trying to steal it. I’m very sorry and I swear I’ll get it taken care of. Thanks. Deidra 6/15/14,” said the note from Brown, 29, of Glenwood Springs.

Surveillance video showed Brown putting money in her purse instead of the safe multiple times over a couple of weeks, her arrest affidavit said. The store’s manager told police that they had no verbal or written agreement for Brown to borrow money from the safe.

A warrant was issued for her arrest on June 15, and she was booked for felony theft the next day.


Wesley Wilson’s ex-girlfriend called police when, she said, she discovered him trying crawl through the bathroom window on the night of June 11.

Wilson, 38, of Rifle, had lived at the house with their children until four months before. Although the woman said he didn’t threaten or insult her, police agreed that his subsequent attempt to kick down the door was a clear restraining order violation.

A warrant was issued for Wilson’s arrest, and he was booked on June 13 for felony trespass, which will be treated as domestic violence for the purposes of sentencing.


Glenwood Springs Police suspected Jonathan Smiddy was under the influence of illegal drugs when they arrived to find him passed out in a convenience store bathroom on the morning of June 12.

An ambulance was already on its way when Smiddy, 25, Rifle, woke and began picking his belongings off the floor. Officers spotted a bent, half-full syringe and some suspicious plastic bags. After escorting him to the ambulance, they recovered a bag of methamphetamine and another of heroin, his arrest affidavit said.

Smiddy was later arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance and misdemeanor use of a controlled substance.


A group of hecklers in a nearby parking lot didn’t stop a Garfield County Sheriff’s deputy from conducting a field sobriety test on Josue Alvarado-Calix.

Alvarado-Calix, 27, of Basalt, was pulled over for weaving on Grand Avenue on the night of June 11 and was unable to provide a current insurance card or valid license. After failing roadside maneuvers, he blew .238 on a portable Breathalyzer – nearly thrice the legal limit of .08, police reported.

He was arrested driving while revoked as a habitual traffic offender, a felony, as well misdemeanor assault, false imprisonment, child abuse, failure to provide proof of insurance, failure to drive in a single lane, failure to use turn signals, open container and driving under the influence.


Lee Damuth, an investigator with the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s Office, was commended this week for work that resulted in the arrest and prosecution of a child sex assault perpetrator and pornographer.

FBI Agents Chris Hilgers and Tim Stanislawski presented a certificate to Damuth for his “dedication and contributions to a joint law enforcement operation.”

According to District Attorney Sherry A Caloia, the case demanded the attention of the federal authorities and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney’s office. She declined to provide details about the case.

Editor’s note: Crime Briefs are drawn from arrest affidavits and other public documents. Summonses or arrests merely indicate an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless found guilty in court.

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