Resisting arrest leads to hospital visit
One police encounter ended with an intoxicated man in the hospital Jan. 8.
Glenwood Springs police were called for an intoxicated man near the south end of the Grand Avenue bridge.
People on site directed officers to “a super drunk guy that you guys need to take care of,” according to an affidavit.
Officers found him outside of Springs Bar, barely able to stand, smelling of alcohol and with red and watery eyes, according to police. His speech was slurred to the point that officers asked him to repeat himself several times because they couldn’t understand him.
Dispatch found that he was under five different protection orders, three barring him from drinking.
While being taken to the patrol car he began trying to break free. He flailed around, dragging his feet, calling the officers names as they tried to detain him. While police tried to search him, he kicked at them, striking one officer in the right leg.
In response officers pushed him into the passenger’s side rear window of the patrol car, according to an affidavit.
“(His) face made contact with window, which caused damage to the door just below the window. The damage caused by (the man) was estimated to be approximately ($1,000 to $2,000),” the affidavit reads.
He continued trying to break free and kicking his legs, and officer hit him with OC spray in the face.
An ambulance eventually took him to Valley View Hospital, and he was detained at Garfield County Jail upon released.
The 36-year-old Glenwood Springs man was arrested on charges of second-degree assault of a police officer, criminal mischief between $1,000 and $4,999.99, both felonies, and the misdemeanors violation of a restraining order and resisting arrest.
Shoplifter also gets felony charge
A 19-year-old Silt man, arrested on charges for shoplifting, also got a felony charge Jan. 9 when police say they found burglary tools on him.
Glenwood Springs police were dispatched to Wal-Mart on a theft call that afternoon after the store’s security saw a young man leaving with items he hadn’t paid for.
The thief was wearing all camouflage with a camouflage backpack. Wal-Mart security reported he’d stolen electronic cords, a pair of gloves, glasses and a pedometer – a device used to count your steps.
The man was last seen walking toward the 27th Street bus terminal.
The responding Glenwood Springs officer saw a young man near the terminal’s bathrooms with a knife trying to open a plastic package of protective glasses.
The officer told him to drop the item and knife, which he did. The Silt man told police he had just left Wal-Mart, according to an affidavit, but he said he had just bought the glasses.
Officers eventually found all the stolen merchandise on him, but the items that put this case into another category where a pair of lock picks they also found.
That was enough to also level the class-5 felony possession of burglary tools on top of theft ($50 to $300), a misdemeanor charge.
Aurora man charged with bloody beating
A 23-year-old Aurora man was arrested Jan. 9 evening on a second-degree assault charge, a felony, after police found his friend in a bloody mess at the Glenwood Springs Inn.
Responding to an assault call, Glenwood Springs police found a 30-year-old man in the Glenwood Springs Inn with blood running down from lacerations on his face. His shirt was torn and covered in blood – his hands covered in blood and his left eye swollen shut, according to police.
Officers smelled alcohol on his breath, and his eyes were bloodshot and watery, according to an affidavit.
His speech was “thick tongued” and slurred, according to the responding officer.
He and his roommate, the eventually arrested Aurora man, were in town for work.
They went out for dinner at Tequilas and started drinking, according to an affidavit. When they got back, they started arguing about a girl that worked at the restaurant. The younger man had been seeing the girl off and on, the battered man told police.
Though the man left to purchase another room for the night, when he came back to get his things, the 23-year-old Aurora man punched him in the face, throwing him to the ground and continuing to hit before he escaped to call police, he told police.
He was taken to Valley View Hospital, where doctors determined he had received serious bodily injury, according to an affidavit. Outside their motel room police found what was left of a six-pack of beer and an open bottle of Fireball Cinnamon Whiskey, an officer wrote. The room smelled of alcohol.
The Aurora man also had slurred speech and said he was only defending himself after the two got into an argument and the older man pushed him.
“(He) stated that during the fight, he ‘dodged some punches while (the other man) did not,” the reporting officer wrote. “He stated multiple times that he has training and experience in Mixed Martial Arts.”
Burglary charges for New Castle woman
On Jan 9 New Castle police arrested a 33-year-old New Castle woman for the theft of a $3,000 necklace in December.
New Castle police were alerted to the theft the evening of Dec. 21. A man who lives on the 400 block of Rio Grande Ave said he was missing a 30-inch, 14-karat, Turkish-link style, lobster clasp white gold necklace with a “silver hammered cross pendant,” according to an affidavit.
It had gone missing after a friend (and a friend of that friend) had been by to visit, he told police.
The responding officer wrote that the suspected woman had “previous dealings with the New Castle Police.”
The man said he had gotten ahold of her by phone, and she told him that she had taken the necklace and pawned it to Gold Ring Pawn in Silt for $200 because she owed someone, according to an affidavit.
During a recording of the man and woman’s phone call, she referred to someone threatening her life, according to the affidavit, that she had to pay some people or they would hurt her.
She said she didn’t mean to take it, but was only playing with it when she later found she had it in her pocket.
The man had described her as about 5 foot 7 inches or 5 foot 8 inches, with curly brown hair, according to the affidavit. “He further described her as very thin (super model thin),” the affidavit reads.
The man wasn’t sure that he wanted to press charges against her (since she was a friend of a friend), so he took the day to think it over.
But the next day another New Castle officer got an email from him, saying that he “would like to proceed with all charges against this female,” according to police.
Police confiscated the necklace from the pawn shop. And in the meantime, the New Castle woman also went to the pawn shop and paid the loan on the necklace. She also called in to tell police she had paid off the loan and she wanted to return the necklace. Police told her to come in to give a statement, but rather than her, another man arrived, turning into police the paid pawn ticket and another piece of jewelry that went with the necklace.
As an officer watched the man drive away, he saw a woman pop up from the back seat, according to the affidavit. The New Castle woman never showed up to give a statement but was arrested about 2 ½ weeks later on charges of giving false information to a pawn broker and theft from $2,000 to $5,000, both felonies.
Third Street Center vandalized
Sometime between Thursday night and Friday morning someone broke into the Carbondale Third Street Center and vandalized the building, according to Carbondale police. Investigators do not yet know if anything was stolen or a cost estimate for the damage.
If you have information on this incident call the Carbondale Police Department at 970-963-2662.
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