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December 19, 2012
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After a citizen questioned Eagle Police about why a violent robbery incident that allegedly occurred two weeks earlier was not under investigation, officers contacted the reported victim to learn the facts.

The victim admitted to the officer that he was assaulted and robbed, but that he decided not to report the incident at the time. The officer noted the man "appeared to clearly be the victim of an assault due to some old blackening around his eyes."

The man told the officer he suffered a broken nose as well as being knocked unconscious during the Nov. 9 attack. He said he was carrying laundry through a parking area of an Eagle apartment complex, listening to music with headphones on, when a man approached him and hit him in the nose. When the victim regained consciousness he noted that his check card and apartment keys were missing. He went home and canceled the card and contacted the complex maintenance man to change out his locks.

The man said he was embarrassed about the situation and that was why he decided not to report it to police until the third party became involved.

An Eagle man contacted police last week to report he was the victim of a phone scam.

The man said he received a phone call saying he was pre-approved for a $1,500 loan provided he came up with a $150 down payment. As directed, he purchased a "green dot money card" for the amount and submitted the PIN number to his phone contact. After he supplied the information, a second caller contacted him to say the loan could not be approved because he had an outstanding debt with an affiliated company. He was told he needed to pay $500 on that loan.

The man purchased two additional cash cards in the amounts of $200 and $300 and provided the PIN numbers to the second caller.

Shortly after this action, the man discovered the operation was a scam. He contacted the cash card company, who directed him to file a police report.

Eagle Police contacted the various phone numbers the man used during the transaction. One number connected directly to a voice mail and one was a fax number. A third number connected with a company identified as "Infinity Debt Solutions." The officer confronted the employee who answered about the case and demanded to speak to a manager. The employee placed the officer on hold and did not return to the line.

The officer traced the various phone numbers to a Manhattan, N.Y. area code and reported the incident to the Federal Trade Commission.

An Eagle Police officer patrolling around town shortly after midnight recently witnessed a car turn left onto Capitol Street and then right onto Grand Avenue without signaling either turn.

Then, as the officer watched, the vehicle turned southbound on Church Street from the Eby Creek Road roundabout, coming to a complete stop in the middle of the street.

After waiting approximately 30 seconds, the officer initiated a traffic stop and approached the vehicle, asking the female driver if she was all right. The woman replied she had stopped her car because she was trying to make a phone call. The officer noted she had blood shot watery eyes and there was a strong smell of alcohol coming from the vehicle. She said she was attempting to drive to a relative's house in Eagle-Vail.

When the officer asked for her license, registration and proof of insurance, the woman said she did not have any of those items but she eventually produced a work identification card. When asked if she had consumed any alcohol, she replied she had two shots about five hours previously.

The woman refused the officer's request to perform roadside maneuvers but indicated she would be willing to take a blood test. A second officer arrived on the scene and drove her car to a safe location for the night.

While en route to the hospital, the woman inquired about what led the officer to initiate the traffic stop. The officer said the main reason was she had stopped her vehicle in the middle of the road. The woman reportedly replied, "Sorry about that, I was trying to send a text."

After they arrived at the hospital for the blood test, the officer informed the woman she would be charged with DUI and offered her a ride to her brother's home in Eagle-Vail. The report noted she was apologetic, cooperative and polite throughout the incident.

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The VailDaily Updated Dec 19, 2012 12:57PM Published Dec 19, 2012 12:55PM Copyright 2012 The VailDaily. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.