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Glenwood Springs Police ask for help in identifying at large attacker

The Glenwood Springs Police Department is asking the public to help identify a male who allegedly sexually assaulted a young woman in downtown Glenwood Springs Wednesday.

Police say the woman, in her 20s, had left the Springs Downtown Bar & Grill, alone at about 11 p.m. Wednesday.

She traveled under the Grand Avenue Bridge, according to a press release, and walked south on the other side of the bridge, in the 700 block of Grand Avenue.

Police say a man emerged from an alley between the Italian Underground Restaurant and Smoke Modern Barbeque and allegedly grabbed the woman, threw her to the ground, and groped her while dragging her toward the alley.

Police say the woman, a Roaring Fork resident, was able to fight off the attacker before he fled. The woman allegedly told police that she was not able to see much of the attacker because she was blindsided, but a witness said the perpetrator is a tall, thin, Caucasian man with short hair, who wore dark clothes the night of the incident.

Police say it is unclear if another male tried to help the victim to her feet or if that male was also involved in the assault. There is no description of this second male, officials say.

Glenwood Springs Police say they’ve contacted every local businesses with exterior cameras in the vicinity, to request surveillance footage for an investigation. They say they’ve also taken DNA samples from the victim, who may have scratched the attacker during the incident.

Officers say attacks of this nature are rare in Glenwood Springs and although the town is typically quiet on weeknights, it’s not immune to criminal activity.

The police department encourages residents to travel in pairs, remain alert, and stay in well lit areas at night. Police also ask residents to report suspicious activity to help keep the community safe.

To report information relevant to this case, contact the Glenwood Springs Police Department at (970) 384-6500.

Crime briefs: Suspect says victim had black eye because he poked it

A woman called police on July 2 at 7:12 p.m. and reported that her daughter had been assaulted by her boyfriend, according to a Garfield County sheriff’s deputy.

The woman called police and told them her daughter didn’t have a cell phone and that she had called from a liquor store in Glenwood Springs to report the alleged abuse.

Once police arrived, the alleged victim had moved to a nearby restaurant. The officer’s report indicated the victim was crying and had a black eye, a swollen upper lip, and a bruised cheek when he arrived.

The 29-year-old woman said the alleged altercation between her and her boyfriend had escalated when her car “started to give her trouble” on Interstate 70. The woman told the officer the suspect became aggressive, got out of the car, and slashed the woman’s tire with his pocket knife once they pulled over.

She told officers before driving to Hotel Colorado, she had asked him to get back in the car. When she parked in front of the hotel, she said the suspect punched her in the face and placed his hands over her mouth.

An officer said he found a warrant for the suspect’s arrest out of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office for motor vehicle theft, a felony offense.

A few minutes later, the document says, the suspect called the alleged victim’s sister for a ride. Officers say they made contact with the suspect and arrested him near the Village Inn restaurant.

At the Garfield County Jail, the suspect, age 39, said he never assaulted the victim and that he never slashed her tire. He told officers, the woman needed help because “she is crazy,” and that “she got her black eye because when they were in Frisco, he accidentally poked it.”

He is charged with third-degree assault, a misdemeanor, and criminal mischief, also a misdemeanor.

FAILURE TO COMPLY/PAY

Police picked up a 34-year-old male suspect July 12 for failing to comply/pay fines for a previous offense. Two years ago, on July 24, 2016, Garfield County Communications advised of a weapons violation near the 1800 block of Railroad Avenue in Rifle, according to a police report. Dispatch said an intoxicated man had been carrying a rifle and was yelling at the aforementioned location.

Officers say they located the suspect at the intersection of 16th and Railroad Avenue. Officers said when they told the suspect to drop his weapon, he complied.

Officers say they recognized the suspect from previous run in and added, he was intoxicated at the time of his arrest. Officers say they found shotgun shells in his left pocket before he was placed in custody.

Officers say in court documents they transported him to the Rifle police station and unloaded the shotgun, which was used as evidence of a crime.

He was originally charged with possession of a weapon (previous offender), as he had been convicted of burglary in 2003, and prohibited use of weapons.

WARRANT, DRUG CRIMES

On Wednesday at 7:21 p.m., a Rifle police officer arrested a man he recognized as “wanted” by the Rifle Municipal Court.

According to a court document, the 50-year-old suspect said he had received “a running at large ticket” that he had never paid. He was arrested soon after, officers say.

An officer wrote in court papers, the suspect had been carrying a sweater, shoes, and other small items.

Officers, who searched those items, say they found two syringes loaded with a “brown liquid,” which they presumed was heroin, based on “training and experience.”

Court documents say, at Garfield County Jail, another micro bag of heroin was found in the suspect’s belongings. It weighed 0.2 grams, police say.

The man is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Crime briefs: Man arrested for stalking ex-girlfriend

On July 2, at about 9:45 p.m., Glenwood Springs Police received a call from a person who said a colleague was being followed home by her ex-boyfriend.

The caller said the victim had an active protection order against the suspect, causing the entire office to feel concerned about her safety.

The caller said the suspect had called their place of employment seven times that day asking for the alleged victim.

Police say they called the victim’s mother to advise her of the situation and she gave officers another coworker’s phone number. That colleague told officers she had answered the phone that day and recognized the suspect’s voice.

She said the suspect had been in the passenger’s seat of an SUV that night before the store’s closing, and an unknown female had been driving the car, which followed the victim home from work.

When officers spoke to the victim later by phone, she said she was safe at home and had been unaware the suspect had been following her.

She told officers she didn’t have a cell phone because he had hacked into her previous device and had been tracking her in the past. She also said she had no clues as to who the woman could be and added she’s continuously scared for her safety because the suspect is “unpredictable.”

Almost a month earlier, in mid-June, a different colleague had called police to say the suspect had been to the office seven times that day.  The suspect allegedly said he was shopping for products the store sold that day.

He allegedly tried to enter the company’s employee break room before a staff member had stopped him, and court documents say he drove around the rear parking lot multiple times before the store’s closing. Staff members said they were scared for the victim’s safety. An officer told the caller he would try to make contact with the suspect in the parking lot.

After the initial July 2 report, the victim and a colleague left the business and got into their vehicles. Police say in court papers that the suspect raced toward the victim’s car and pulled along side it.

He’s been at Garfield County Jail for one day and has an open bond status. Police arrested him and charged him with domestic violence, stalking, violation of bond conditions, and violation of a protection order.

Police say in court affidavits that once he was placed in the back of the patrol car during the earlier June incident, he said something along the lines of, “I should have known better.”

ANOTHER DOMESTIC VIOLENCE ARREST

On June 29 at about 5:57 p.m. the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic violence call, which came from a reporting party who said a man and a women had been hitting each other in a moving truck.

The caller told police he doesn’t usually get involved in other people’s affairs but could only imagine what went on behind closed doors, if the two had been “really going at it” like that in public, according to court affidavits.

The reporting party said the two had been driving in a white truck with green lettering that led officers to a landscaping business nearby.

As the officer pulled into the business’s parking lot, he says he located the male and female. Upon questioning, they both denied assaulting each other.

The woman told the officer they had been arguing and hit each other a few times and the male, who had been separated from the female, told another backup officer that they had not touched each other.

Officers questioned the difference in accounts and placed the woman in handcuffs before she admitted the male, her boyfriend, had hit, choked, and shoved her body into the back of his truck, causing her to hit her head on his tailgate. He also allegedly told her he would kill her.

She said she had withheld the alleged abuse because she wanted to protect her boyfriend.

Police say in court documents, the 24-year-old male had three counts of felony warrants related to failing to appear for charges related to dangerous drugs and felony menacing.

After his arrest, he told police he had “something” in his pocket, and police say they retrieved a crystalline substance from his body and it later tested as positive for methamphetamine.

He changed his version of events after his arrest and allegedly told police at Garfield County Jail that he had driven the woman to his shop so she could get her things before their breakup.

He said his right hand might have hit her, that she bit one of her own knees, and she may have been choked while he tried to protect himself from her. He also told officers she was “throwing a fit” by his Toyota, which is how she could have hit herself on the tailgate of his truck.

He is charged with second-degree assault, false imprisonment, unlawful possession of drugs, driving while license suspended, and three counts of felony warrants for his arrest.

Crime briefs: Man charged with sex crime in Rifle

Rifle police officers arrested a 21-year-old man on June 18 for allegedly sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl at Centennial Park in Rifle.

At about 12:56 a.m., Rifle police said they received a suspicious call from an individual who said a teenage girl at a local Kum & Go looked lost, like she was looking for someone.

Officers said when they arrived at the store, they found the girl, who matched the description, and identified herself. She allegedly told officers she met a man on Facebook and the two had agreed to meet and smoke marijuana.

She showed officers a screenshot of a conversation she had with the male before he picked her up.

Court documents said the girl told officers that once she was at the park, the male started touching her and putting his hands up her shorts. When she said she wanted to leave, he allegedly pulled her into a nearby bathroom and held his hand over her mouth. He said if she stopped screaming he would let her go.

The affidavits said that a nearby light turned on, which may have scared the man, and the girl was able to get away.

She said she lost one of her shoes and her cell phone in the process, and told officers the man may have taken her phone.

Rifle officers said they initiated a be on the look out for emergency communications alert. About an hour and a half later, the suspect was stopped in his car in Glenwood Springs.

Officers said the male admitted immediately to knowing why he was stopped, saying he made a bad decision and he “did something really stupid.” He also said, “I was holding her and hugging her, but I let her go.”

He was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Officers said they found the girl’s learner’s permit in his left pocket.

His clothing was collected as evidence and the alleged victim’s cell phone was retrieved from his car.

He is charged with unlawful sexual contact, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and multiple crimes related to driving under the influence.

He is at Garfield County Jail on $85, 000 bond.

 

MAN TRIES TO THROW WOMAN FROM OVERPASS

On Thursday, at about 7:10 p.m., Garfield County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a call in which a woman said her boyfriend had just choked her and tried to throw her over an overpass near the Bair Ranch rest area.

Officers found the woman at mile marker 129 on I-70. She said her boyfriend had just fled on foot but was likely still in the area.

According to court documents, the couple, from Florence, Colorado, had visited Glenwood Hot Springs Pool for vacation and decided to walk to a nearby bar around 7 p.m.

The woman said she asked the suspect for money to feed their child, who wanted to eat at a separate restaurant. The woman told police the suspect said no, and that it wasn’t his problem, before he started drinking beers.

She told police he drank four beers in an hour and refused to let her drive. She said he began blaming a series of crimes against his child on her before she asked him to stop the car and let her out. She said he became aggressive and angry, and refused to stop the car.

He slammed on the brakes, court papers said, and stopped in the middle of the interstate. The woman said she pulled the keys from the ignition so the suspect wouldn’t take off with their child, who was in the backseat crying.

During the struggle to retrieve the keys, the woman said the suspect hit her and grabbed her forcefully. She tried to remove her belongings from the car, and while doing so she said the suspect grabbed her and tried to push her over the railing of the overpass.

The woman told officers the suspect had choked her with both hands for 20 to 30 seconds but that she did not lose consciousness. She said the only reason she hadn’t fallen the 20 to 30 foot drop is because she was holding onto the suspect with both legs.

When the male stopped choking her, she said he threw her into the side of the truck. According to court papers, cars had to slam on their brakes and swerve around the couple to avoid hitting them. The woman told police people tried to stop and help but couldn’t because they were close to hitting other cars that also swerved.

The woman was able to get back into the car and lock the doors. She said the suspect used a can of salsa and a rock to try and smash the windows. He allegedly held onto the side mirror and sat on the hood before finally letting go.

The woman said she had secretly recorded the incident, and court documents indicate her account matches the video.

Some time later, police received multiple reports from callers who said a man was jumping in front of traffic and throwing objects at moving cars on I-70. Officers said the descriptions matched that of the suspect.

He was arrested and taken to Garfield County Jail. He told officers he never assaulted the woman but did punch the windows when she drove off with the truck. He said she was angry all day and added that he pulled over immediately when she asked.

He is charged with harassment, second-degree assault (strangulation), reckless endangerment, false imprisonment, child abuse and obstruction of telephone service. He is held on $40,000 and is due in court July 11 at 1:30 p.m.

Crime Briefs: Parachute man charged with attempted murder

A 42-year-old Parachute man is in custody on $500,000 bond facing attempted murder charges after allegedly threatening a 13-year-old boy and causing a fight at a residence in Parachute June 10.

Thomas Kyner is charged with first-degree attempted murder, second-degree assault (strangulation), use of a deadly weapon, two counts of illegal possession of a weapon by a previous offender, violation of a protection order, and reckless endangerment.

According to an affidavit in Ninth District Court, a Parachute police officer responded to a call about 5:42 p.m., which warned of a fight involving several adults and a gun. The caller said a 13-year-old male wearing a white shirt had taken off running with the firearm.

While en route, the officer received a call from Garfield County Sheriff’s deputies who had made contact with the young boy, who wasn’t armed but had merely just run from the “disturbance.”

Upon arriving at the scene, officers found a rifle near the front yard, according to the affidavit.

Police started interviewing bystanders and a woman said a male at the residence had just assaulted her son and pushed her from the front yard.

She said her son, referring to Kyner, had blood all over him and “his finger was bit off” and that she wanted the attacker arrested. She told officers Kyner had returned to their home a couple of blocks away.

However, witnesses at the residence said it was Kyner who had in fact brought the gun to the residence after the fight. Police say they went to his home and confirmed he was covered in blood, which was also dripping from the tip of his finger. He also had a large laceration on the back of his head, prompting police to call EMS.

Kyner told officers he was at a barbecue at the residence before the argument happened.

He said the person living at the residence picked a fight with him for no apparent reason, before physically assaulting him and striking him in the back of the head with an object.

Kyner said he had no idea what had sparked the assault, as he had just been playing “squirt guns” with some of the children at the party.

Officials noted in the affidavit that the Kyner’s eyes were bloodshot and watery and that his speech was slurred. He told officers he hadn’t had much to drink, just a 12 pack at the party. He was later found to have a restraining order that prohibited him from consuming alcohol and marijuana that was later found on his property, according to court records.

After the fight, he told police he left the party and returned home to grab his brother’s rifle, even though it didn’t have any ammunition in it. He told officers he just wanted to scare the man who had bitten his finger. He couldn’t explain to police why the gun had remained on the property.

Police noted in court documents, “The suspect appeared inebriated when I was speaking with him and I had to clarify his answers numerous times when speaking with him.”

While Kyner was being treated by EMS, officers heard him say, “He bit my finger off so I pounded him!” Officers also interviewed his young nephew, who witnessed the incident.

His nephew said Kyner was being “mean and grumpy,” and was “banging on things” at the residence and that he was mad at him. Police went back to the home where the alleged incident occurred and found there was an unfired bullet in the front yard, which was kept as evidence.

Another witness at the party, who identified himself as a retired police officer, said he had many run-ins with Kyner but thought they could turn a new leaf. He said Kyner had been playing roughly with the boy, calling him profanities, even throwing him around.

A woman at the party told him to stop, and witnesses say that’s when Kyner “postured up into a fighting stance toward a 13-year-old girl.” They asked him to leave and when he refused, a fight had occurred, causing kids to flee.

A witness said as Kyner tried running out of the front door following the fight, his pants got hooked on a vehicle, which flipped him over onto the concrete, causing the laceration on the back of his head. He then ran to his house and allegedly returned with “a wood stocked assault style rifle,” telling everyone to “run and hide.”

A witness said he tried to contain and hide the kids who were running around in fear. Kyner then walked away with a gun magazine in his hand and left the assault rifle on the front lawn.

The same witness said Kyner’s mom came to the residence shortly after and tried to retrieve the gun from the property. He said he told her to refrain from doing so, as the gun was now evidence of a crime. When she tried to physically remove it, he says that’s when he pushed her away from the home.

Kyner is scheduled to appear in Garfield County District Court on June 20. He remains in the Garfield County Jail on $500,000 bond.

STATE TROOPER ARRESTS CAR FULL OF PEOPLE

On June 1, a Colorado State Trooper said he tried to stop a vehicle not using its headlights. As the officer tried to move obstructing cars from the left lane and into the right lane, he noted a white Toyota had refused to move, blocking him from his initial target.

The officer says even though his emergency lights were activated, the white Toyota continued in the lane, still blocking him from the original vehicle.

Only after he used his siren did the Toyota move into the right lane, he says.

The officer says he could see the driver also wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and noted, “Due to the amount of time I was behind the white Camry as it drove in the left lane when prohibited, I no longer had a view on the original vehicle I was attempting to stop,” so he decided to stop the obstructing vehicle instead.

When asked, the driver said he hadn’t changed lanes because he wasn’t paying attention.

He couldn’t produce a valid license or registration and neither could the other three passengers in the vehicle.

After identifying two males in the car, the officer turned up protection orders and suspended licenses for each of them.

He asked the two women in the car to identify themselves and the officer said they both gave fake names.

He told both women he needed to verify their fingerprints since he found no record of the names and birthdates they gave and both women asked why. He told them he wanted to ensure they were not the protected persons on the two restraining orders and they agreed.

He found they were in fact the protected victims in the restraining orders against the two men in the car and he wrote in court papers they refused to properly identify themselves again when he asked their names.

Only upon briefing them that he had their correct names did the women confess.

They both asked him to cut them a break, saying they knew what they did was wrong, that they didn’t want anyone to get into any trouble or go to jail.

One of the women was arrested for an outstanding felony warrant from Grand Junction, and also for a misdemeanor warrant from Garfield County.

The other woman also had multiple unspecified warrants as well as a criminal impersonation charge, which she too was arrested for.

The men were arrested for violating their respective restraining orders and the driver was charged with additional crimes including: driving with a suspended license, driving an uninsured vehicle, not wearing a seatbelt, and driving in a passing lane when prohibited.

Crime briefs: Meth user leads police on foot chase

Rifle police officers responded to a domestic violence call Wednesday around midnight.

The suspect’s mother was at the front of the home and told police that people were still fighting inside. She told officers her son had been using meth again, and that he was out of control. She said he had thrown his girlfriend into a wall, which left her unconscious. She also said her son injured his sister’s hand.

Officers said they went into the home and found two women who said they were out celebrating a birthday party before the alleged incident. One of the women said the suspect started ridiculing and accusing his girlfriend of having sexual relations with someone else.

One of the women said the suspect’s sister told him to stop, and that’s when he reportedly threw his sister to the ground and shoved his girlfriend into a wall, causing her to lose consciousness. He struck his sister once more, injuring her hand, and then locked himself in a bedroom, police said.

One officer said he heard a window open and ran out to the front of the home. A male on the bottom floor of the house said the suspect had just run away. The suspect’s sister came outside and told police the man they had just spoken to was, in fact, the suspect. Officers ordered him to the ground and placed him in custody.

An officer went back into the home and spoke with some of the residents.

The suspect tried to escape before being placed again in the rear of the patrol car, and one officer reported a leg injury following the foot chase.

The suspect’s girlfriend, who was unable to remain conscious, was transported to a local hospital by ambulance, and the suspect is at Garfield County Jail. A staff member at the jail found one gram of methamphetamine on the suspect.

He is charged with two counts of assault, escape, resisting arrest, domestic violence and other crimes related to drug possession.

A NERVOUS DEMEANOR LEADS TO ARREST

A Colorado state trooper said he initiated a May 30 traffic stop after noticing a man who seemed to be made nervous by the officer’s presence. The trooper said, as a result of his suspicion, he followed the car onto U.S. 6 near West Rifle. The suspect made a series of driving errors before finally pulling over.

After running the male’s identification, the officer reported finding an arrest warrant for “dangerous drug possession,” failing to appear and violating probation. According to court papers, bond was $25,000 for each crime.

The officer said he confirmed the suspect’s chest matched a tattoo noted on the warrant and then placed him under arrest. About 30 minutes before the officer initiated the traffic stop, he said he had a similar run in with another male who also had the same nervous reaction, sinking into the driver’s seat. The officer said he ran that car’s license plate, which was valid, but noticed both suspects seemed nervous and the vehicles were registered under the same owner. He asked the suspect in custody if he could explain the confusion. The suspect said he didn’t know, as his wife owned the vehicle. Ultimately, he admitted he sold the other registered car to his father.

The officer impounded the suspect’s car and advised the suspect of his Miranda Rights, which he waived. Upon searching the suspect’s belongings, the officer found baggies containing a white substance.

The suspect admitted to possessing four grams of cocaine and was charged with possession of a controlled substance, changing lanes when unsafe and improper signaling.

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL LEADS VICTIM TO JAIL

On June 1, a Parachute police officer responded to a domestic violence tip. The call came from a man who said a battered woman had arrived at his doorstep asking for help.

Police note in court papers that the woman, who was hyperventilating, had injuries on her head and neck, and was bleeding from scratches on her nose, face and eye. The officer wrote in court documents that he observed contusions on her neck that were fresh and consistent with strangulation.

The woman told police she was abused by her boyfriend, a suspect known to law enforcement from previous run ins. One of the cases involves the suspect sexually assaulting the woman, and an officer wrote in court papers that he found three active restraining orders protecting the woman from any and all contact with the suspect.

Dispatch said the woman had three outstanding warrants for her arrest for crimes relating to theft, failing to appear, false reporting and driving under the influence.

She said the suspect held her down by putting his weight on her, and continuously hit her in the face. She said it took about half an hour to get away from him. She told the officer the suspect was likely still at a nearby park, where the abuse had happened.

Three officers tried to make contact with the suspect, but he was nowhere to be found. His car, which was left unattended and unlocked, was impounded as evidence. Officers found and retrieved a marijuana pipe, vodka, a bladed wooden stick and a removed ankle-monitoring device from the suspect’s vehicle. One of his restraining orders prohibits him from consuming drugs or alcohol.

The woman said the suspect had been staying with a friend, who police also knew from previous law enforcement run ins. The suspect was not at the friend’s house either.

An officer wrote in the documents that he visited the victim at a local hospital and further questioned her.

He noted she had a foggy memory, and added that strangulation can cause confusion, difficulty thinking and loss of memory. A short time later, the officer handcuffed the woman and transported her to Garfield County Jail.

The next day, the suspect turned himself into law enforcement but refused to speak until a lawyer was present. He is charged with domestic violence, two counts of violating a restraining order, second degree assault and false imprisonment (abduct no ransom or assault).

Crime briefs: Man arrested for indecent exposure near a Rifle tattoo shop

A 41-year-old man was arrested Tuesday at a tattoo shop in Rifle and charged with indecent exposure for pleasuring himself in public.

An officer said in court papers that upon his arrival, around 10:14 p.m., he could see the male acting as reported. As he tried to make contact with him, the suspect ran behind the shop.

The officer said he followed the man toward the rear of the parlor and asked him to open the door.

The officer advised the suspect he was under arrest for indecent exposure. The suspect refused multiple times to open a door to the shop. The officer said after he phoned the owner of the shop, the suspect opened the door and told the officer he wanted to explain. He said his pants got stuck on the counter at the tattoo parlor and it only looked like he was pleasuring himself.

The officer wrote in court documents that the male began adjusting his shorts to show how the misunderstanding happened, “at which time he clearly placed his [private part] in his hands.”

The officer continued, “His [private part] at the time was in plain view and not covered by his clothing. It did not appear that he was aware his [private part] was in his hand again.”

Officers placed the suspect in handcuffs and approached two witnesses, who said they had seen the act as they drove by the tattoo shop. One witness said they drove by two more times, witnessed the indecent exposure, and called police.

The affidavit says one of the witnessed phoned the store’s owner, who told police she had let the suspect stay in her shop once before because he was homeless.

He was transported to Garfield County Jail and police found he had a voided Colorado ID and was arrested two times prior in Rifle for the same offense.

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE REPORT IN CARBONDALE

A woman reported a domestic violence incident Wednesday to the Carbondale Police Department, and said her husband came into her home and assaulted her in front of her three children.

The 26-year-old woman told police that although they had separated, her husband would still buy groceries for the family.

She said he came into her home the night before to deliver the groceries and began confronting her about a new relationship.

She said when he began yelling, she put her children in a bedroom and returned to the living room where he was. That’s when the report indicates he began physically assaulting her.

She tried to defend herself, and he reportedly responded by grabbing her wrists and digging his nails into her skin. The police report said she repeatedly told him to leave, and when she tried pushing him out the door, he hit her in the face with an open hand.

She told police he was never violent during their 11-year marriage. But since their separation in January, he had assaulted her twice.

The officer called the suspect into the Carbondale Police Department and asked him to consent to an interview. He did so, and said he went to his wife’s house to deliver groceries. Upon arriving, he said, he realized the three children were at home alone.

He said he suspected his wife had left the kids alone to visit her new boyfriend, adding that this made him angry.

He said he stayed with the children and watched television until his wife returned, and added his anger from the situation led them to an argument. He told police his wife put the children in a bedroom before the two engaged in a physical altercation.

During the scuffle, he said he fell, scraping both his arms and breaking a closet door.

He told police he crossed his arms over his chest to protect himself during the fight.

The officer wrote in court documents that he changed his story once, saying his wife had grabbed a knife from the kitchen, which prompted him to grab her by the wrists.

He is charged with harassment and domestic violence.

 

 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE CALL AT RIFLE COMFORT INN

On May 23, three officers were dispatched to call at The Comfort Inn in Rifle following a domestic violence call in which the caller reported his son had choked his wife.

Officers said in court documents that upon arriving, they made contact with a man they had known from a prior incident from the week before. One officer says he went into the hotel to speak with the suspect’s wife and noticed two red hand-like marks on the woman’s neck and shoulder.

She told the officer that she was unsure if her husband was under the influence or if he was in crisis, due to two mental illnesses with which he has been diagnosed. She said he had stopped taking his medication since leaving jail the week before and that his anger may have stemmed from his suspicion that she was having an affair.

The couple and the suspect’s parents had been living at the hotel, as the suspect lit his parent’s house on fire several weeks before.

She reported to the officer that the assault occurred after her husband had asked her to take a trip with him to Walmart. She said she suspected she had been taking too long to get ready and that may have led him toward choking her.

Before the suspect was taken into custody, he and his wife argued over a backpack. He said she had taken it from him, and when he tried to remove it from her, she sustained the visible injuries on her neck and shoulder. He also admitted he pushed her after he retrieved the bag.

An officer wrote in court documents that he gave the woman a victim’s pamphlet and advised she speak to a victim’s advocate.

The officer wrote in court documents that he told the woman he was concerned with the suspect’s progression in violence.

He is charged with domestic violence and second-degree assault, a class four felony.

 

Crime Briefs: Parachute family held hostage

On Tuesday, a Parachute police officer responded to a call from a woman who said her ex-husband had threatened to kill her and her sister. When the officer made contact with the woman by phone, she said her ex-husband had made such threats because she had called his probation officer to advise that he was intoxicated.

He threatened to shoot her, her sister, himself, and police if officers had arrived at the residence.
The woman’s sister, who was diagnosed with cancer and had trouble walking, had locked herself in her room to avoid the suspect.

The officer wrote in court documents that he tried to reach the woman’s sister but that she had refused to answer because if the suspect had heard her communicating with police, he would get violent. In the documents, the officer says he asked the woman if she could leave and go for a walk and ultimately meet with police. She said no, as she was disabled and the suspect would be suspicious and prohibit her from leaving the house. The officer then turned over communication with a hostage negotiation team, which was able to remove the woman’s sister from the home.

The 51-year-old suspect was ordered out of the home, according to court documents, and placed into custody. An officer says the suspect smelled of alcohol and that he had threatened the officer on the way to Garfield County Jail. The officer found there were three protection orders, restraining the suspect from contact with his ex-wife. One order stated that he is restrained from “assaulting, threatening, abusing, harassing, following or stalking the protected person.” The second protective order says he is restrained from possessing or consuming alcoholic beverages and controlled substances and must stay away from the protected person’s home, school, and place of employment.

“Because [he] threatened [her], was at [her] residence and was under the influence of alcohol he was in violation of the restraining orders,” the documents say. He is charged with domestic violence, two counts of harassment, violation of restraining orders, menacing, and false imprisonment.

I-70 TUSSLE
At about 6:40 a.m. on May 11, officers responded to a call saying a mother and her baby were walking along Interstate 70 near mile marker 64, just east of DeBeque in Garfield County. The officer who initiated the call said a male had been sitting in a vehicle nearby.

According to court documents, an officer located the male at a different location. The officer asked approached the driver and asked if anyone else had been in the vehicle. The driver said the others were walking westbound on highway I-70.

The officer asked the driver to identify himself and he refused, saying he had possible arrest warrants and that he did not want to go to jail. The officer called for backup and when an additional officer approached the suspect, the locked the door.

According to documents, the officer asked the driver several times to unlock the door, finally advising if the driver didn’t exit the vehicle, the officers would shatter the passenger’s window. The male continued to argue and the officers asked several more times. One officer says he noticed a can of pepper spray concealed in the driver’s hand and that he shattered the passenger’s window to protect the other officer, who was closer to the suspect.

The officer wrote in the documents that he used his Taser on the male’s back and right leg to prohibit him from continuing to spray the other officer. The driver then surrendered and opened the door. An ambulance was called to treat the lacerations sustained from the Taser.

Upon running the suspect’s license, officers found two arrest warrants, one for obstructing police, and the other for failing to comply. Officers could not verify the car was insured or that it had even belonged to the suspect. It was impounded and a dog in the back of the car was taken to Rifle Animal Shelter. The male was placed under arrest and told officers that he was suicidal.

At Garfield County Jail, a sheriff’s deputy asked the suspect if he had ever attempted suicide. He said yes, adding that he had hoped for a suicide by cop situation at the time of his arrest. He was placed on suicide watch and is charged with obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, and second-degree assault. It is still unclear how he was linked to the mother and the baby walking alongside the highway.

BURGLARY ATTEMPT
At about 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, two Rifle police officers were called to investigate a possible disturbance. They say in court documents, while at the scene, they noticed a vehicle circling the block without stopping at any of the residences. A few minutes later, one of the officers says he noticed the same car parked on private property at a church, which is currently under construction. As the officer approached the vehicle, a 33-year-old suspect said a friend told him he could park at the private property overnight. He additionally stated he had ingested meth two days before.

The officer says that when he looked inside the vehicle, he observed a blade knife protruding from the seat. He says when he asked the suspect to exit the vehicle he observed a large set of pliers coming out of the male’s back pocket. The officer asked the suspect if he could search him and upon doing so, he found a pair of plastic gloves in the male’s front pocket.

Upon questioning, the officer says he learned the suspect occasionally pleasures himself with plastic gloves. A second officer checked for possible warrants for arrests and ran the suspect’s driver’s license. The license was not valid in the state of Wisconsin and the male was also listed as a registered sex offender in the state. An officer asked how long he had been here and the male said a few months.

The officer also asked if the suspect had registered as a sex offender in the state of Colorado, and he said no. The officer says in the affidavits that he detained the suspect for further investigation but before placing him in the patrol car, the suspect’s friend who told him he could park at the private property came over, asking about a lost dog.

As the officer advised the suspect of his Miranda Rights, he says the male said he had driven his friend around to “steal stuff.” The second officer asked via radio what kind of jacket the suspect’s friend had been wearing and he said a black one. The second officer said he located a black jacket balled up next to a trashcan that looked like it had been moved to a position to gain access to a nearby window at the church.

A monkey fist, which is commonly used to break windows, the document says, and plastic gloves were found near the trashcan. The suspect said he knew his friend was trying to break into the church. Upon searching the suspect’s truck, the officer found pliers, screwdrivers, face masks, and multiple bags, which the suspect said belonged to his friend.

The primary suspect was arrested and charged with criminal attempt to commit a crime, conspiracy to commit a crime, second-degree burglary, and possession of burglary tools.

Crime Briefs: Kum & Go tussle

A 31-year-old male was arrested Wednesday on a nationwide warrant for failing to appear in court for a burglary he committed on Feb. 21.

According to court documents, a Parachute police officer pulled into the Kum & Go convenience store and noticed a silver Dodge Durango at a gas pump. The officer says in the documents that he believed the car belonged to a woman who was one of two suspects in a recent burglary at Grand Vista Hotel in Parachute.

The officer, who had investigated the crime back in February, says he reviewed hotel surveillance footage after the burglary and identified the male suspect as having a unique mustache and a goatee with a “distinct peak in the middle.” The male still had never been identified or apprehended for the crime but the female had.

The officer recognized the female in the front seat of the car at the Kum & Go and wrote that the male driver had the same unique facial hair as the suspect from the surveillance footage. When he told the male driver that he needed to see identification because he was the suspect of a crime, the male driver said “no.”

The officer asked two more times and the driver still refused. At that point, the officer called for backup. When additional officers arrived, the driver continued to refuse, before stating that he did not have ID.

The officer asked the male what his name was and he gave a series of fake names and birthdates, which the officers ran, but each time no records were found. The officer then provided the male with a pen and paper and asked him to spell his first and last name and write down his date of birth. The male, again, refused.

The officer told the male he was under arrest and advised he get out of the car. He refused once more so one officer opened the door and another unlocked the passenger’s side. The male then said he would cooperate and gave police another name and birthdate. That, too, was fake, so the officers physically removed him from the vehicle by unbuckling his seatbelt and “grabbing his arms,” the affidavits say.

The officer wrote that he struggled with the male, so one officer had the male at Taser point until he was handcuffed. The female passenger was asked to identify the male and she, too, gave a fake name and birthdate.

The officer advised the male would be fingerprinted at jail and properly identified. The male then gave his real name and date of birth and the officer found a nationwide warrant out for his arrest, a felony for failing to appear in court on the original larceny charge for the hotel burglary.

The suspect is charged with criminal impersonation, obstructing a peace officer, resisting arrest, and also for the original burglary, theft, and criminal impersonation charges.

KUM & DON’T GO

At about 12:30 a.m. on May 3, a Silt police officer was called to the local Kum & Go to assist another officer with an incident. While there, a 23-year-old male he had known had approached him to say hello. The officer wrote in court affidavits that the male’s friend was acting suspicious and walking around “at a fast pace.”

The male known to the officer left the property and his “suspicious” friend walked around the entirety of the Kum & Go business before following shortly behind. The officer says in the documents that the “suspicious” male kept looking back.

The police officer left the Kum & Go in an attempt to catch up with the two males. He pulled into a parking lot at about 1:05 a.m. and asked the male known to him where they were going to sleep for the night.

The male said he and his friend were going to walk to New Castle because their friend did not pick them up in Silt, as they had planned. As they were talking, the unknown male walked away into a nearby parking lot. The officer wrote in court papers that the male seemed nervous and on edge as he walked away, prompting him to radio another officer to make contact with the other male.

He asked the male known to him “what was going on with his friend” and he revealed both were intoxicated and had just smoked a bowl of meth. The officer wrote in the documents that the male known to him seemed cold, so he offered them a ride to their final destination.

The officer asked the male if he had weapons or any drugs on him before he entered the patrol car and the young man said he had two knives and a pistol. The officer placed them in the front of his patrol car with the male’s backpack. He told the male he had to pat him down before driving him anywhere.

As the male sat in the patrol car, the officer says he looked down and spotted a hypodermic needle with a substance in it. The male said he forgot about it when the officer asked.

The officer placed the male under arrest, and at that point he offered up the rest of his contraband. The officer found a sunglasses case with more needles and a container with a brown substance in it. Inside the male’s backpack were a glass pipe, scrapers, alcohol wipes, and two bent spoons.

He is charged with unlawful possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. It is unclear what happened to the suspect’s friend.

PRIVATE PROPERTY PASS

On May 2, a Parachute police officer saw a blue Sedan that he had recognized from a previous encounter at the same location.

The driver pulled out of Candlewood Suites Parking Lot and then traveled southbound on Grand Valley Way before turning back into the Candlewood Suites Parking Lot, which is considered a private back road. During the previous run in, the driver could not produce a valid license.

The officer wrote in court documents that the property owner would give a signed business card to anyone who was allowed on the property.

The officer followed the sedan down a back dirt road and wrote in the affidavits that he had a hard time catching up to the driver, who was excessively speeding, hitting multiple potholes and dips in the road.

Before making contact with the 26-year-old driver, the officer spotted an RV that was “one of the problem vehicles associated with this vehicle.” The driver pulled up to the RV and stopped there, the court document says.

The male driver was unable to produce evidence of insurance for the car, which was registered to his father.

In running his ID, the officer found he was a “habitual traffic offender” and the DMV confirmed his license was revoked.

On a mandatory restraining order in which the male driver was restrained, it stated that he was not to drive without a valid license, a condition of his bond.

He was placed in custody and a female passenger called his parents to remove the RV and the car from the private property.

He’s charged with the following: violation of a restraining order charge, violation of bail bond condition, driving while license revoked, and failure to provide proof of insurance.

Rifle PD investigates forceful arrest

The Rifle Police Department said Saturday evening that it is investigating an incident “which resulted in the use of force to make an arrest.”

About 30 seconds of the incident was captured on video, which was posted Saturday to Facebook by John Arcos showing his friend, Devon Kelley, 19, being arrested.

The video, which Arcos said was given to him by a woman, shows a police officer emptying the pockets of a man handcuffed on the floor. The officer stands Kelley up in a recessed area of the lobby at Comfort Inn & Suites in South Rifle that’s out of view from the woman’s phone, then takes Kelley to the floor again with an arm around his upper body.

Rifle Police Chief Tommy Klein said Sunday that the arrest occurred after the Comfort Inn clerk called in a complaint sometime around midnight last Thursday.

Klein said Kelley did not require first aid or medical treatment. Reached on a family trip in Denver, Klein was unsure of the charges against the man.

“We are in the middle of an investigation on this,” Klein said. “That would have been done anyway even if we had not received a formal complaint. Anytime force is used, there is an investigation.”

Kelley, reached by cell phone Sunday afternoon, said he believes he was mistreated, though he said he did  spend a night in jail and pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct via “court over the phone” and agreed to pay a $300 fine.

Kelley said he got a room at the hotel through a friend, who paid for the room with a credit card and then he paid her back in cash.

He admits to having some friends in the room, but not for long, “10 minutes tops.” He said the clerk contacted them saying they were causing a disturbance. The police were ultimately called, leading to the confrontation between Kelley and the officer in the hotel lobby area.

Kelley said he was placed under arrest and cuffed, and that’s when things escalated. He admitted he began cussing at the officer because he couldn’t believe he was being arrested over the incident.

At one point, Kelley said the officer said he’d “had enough of his mouth,” and pulled him to the floor by his neck. Because he had a sucker in his mouth, he said he gagged. Other than some soreness on his neck, though, he said he wasn’t hurt.

Kelley added he wasn’t drinking or doing anything illegal that night.

The Rifle police news release said, “The officer involved followed department policy and immediately reported the incident to his supervisor. Pursuant to standard procedure, an investigation was initiated. Subsequently, a video of the arrest taken by a third party was posted on social media and a formal complaint was lodged by a citizen.”

The footage can be viewed below: