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April 30, 2013
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Police Reports: Armed robber in Gypsum takes cigarettes

Editor's note: The following excerpts were given from Eagle County law enforcement officers and police reports.

Gypsum — On April 15 at approximately 1:35 a.m., the Eagle County Sheriff's Office responded to a report of an armed robbery that occurred at the Kum N Go in Gypsum.

When deputies arrived on scene, the store clerk informed them that as he was walking around the back of the counter he saw someone running toward the front door. The suspect entered the store, waived a gun around and grabbed a display case from the counter containing Blu Electronic Cigarettes. The suspect then shouted at the clerk “If you call the cops, you're dead” and fled the scene on foot.

The suspect is described as a male with a light complexion, 5 foot, 8 inches tall with a skinny build. He wore all-black clothing and a ski mask over his face.

Deputies canvassed the surrounding area but were unable to locate the suspect. The empty display case was located in a vacant parking lot near the store. The store manager estimated the value of the stolen merchandise to be approximately $1,350.

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Distinctive shirt helps deputies find suspect

A Jeep was seen weaving in its lane on U.S. Highway 24, nearly hitting an oncoming car, and driving at irregular speeds. The witness saw the Jeep park in town and described the suspected drunken driver as a white man with a “Rastafarian” type shirt.

Employees at a bar said they saw a man matching that description walking — but stumbling — toward a fast-food restaurant. The deputy went that direction and saw the suspect walking toward him. He saw the man was unsteady as he walked. The man saw the officer, turned around and went back into the restaurant.

The deputy waited by the suspect's car. The man came back, pulled the keys out of his pocket and got into the driver seat. The keys were in the ignition and the radio was on when the officer confronted him.

The officer smelled marijuana and alcohol when he talked to the 26-year-old man. He also saw a marijuana pipe in the console and the man admitted to smoking a couple hours earlier. He said he'd been drinking during the day but was OK to drive.

The deputy asked him to perform voluntary roadside sobriety tests. The man refused and the deputy said he was arresting him for further investigation of driving under the influence of alcohol, based on the evidence he had so far. The man then insisted on taking the roadsides and failed them.

The man submitted to a blood test and was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs, alcohol or both.


Drunken driving and trespassing

Deputies responded to a trespassing report in Gypsum on April 12.

The man reporting the vehicle trespassing on his property also said the truck almost had a head-on collision with him while his son was in the car.

Officers stopped the suspect driver and noticed several beers and open alcohol containers in the truck. The 38-year-old man denied drinking but displayed signs of intoxication. He refused roadside sobriety tests and lost his temper when he was arrested for further investigation of DUI.

Deputies asked him to choose a blood or breath test as required by law. The man refused and the officers explained that a refusal would mean automatically losing his license for a year.

“Is this what Eagle County does now?” the man said. “I'm saying no to everything.

He remained silent until they arrived at the jail and he was given two more opportunities to submit a breath test. The man cursed at the officer both times.

The man was arrested for DUI, criminal trespass, reckless driving and driving with an open container of alcohol. His truck was towed from the private property.


Foot chase

A deputy stopped a car for speeding in Vail on April 13.

The car did not pull over right away and the driver didn't obey the officer's commands to keep his hands on the wheel as the deputy approached. The 25-year-old man was moving around, putting his hands in his pockets. The deputy drew his gun and held it at low ready until the man complied with orders to sit still.

The man smelled of alcohol and had bloodshot, watery eyes. The officer had him step out of the car and noted the man was unsteady on his feet. The man kept putting his hands in his pockets, where the officer found an open bottle of whiskey.

The man refused to perform voluntary sobriety tests as well as a chemical test. He was cited for DUI, speeding, driving with an open container of alcohol and failure to yield to an emergency vehicle. He was then put in custody of a detox facility.

About 15 minutes later, the deputy received a call that the man escaped from the detox center. The officer canvassed the area and had to chase the man on foot up a hill. The man didn't stop running until the officer caught up with him and he was taken back to the detox facility.


Fare theft

A man ordered a taxi on April 14 and ran away without paying his $22 fare when he was dropped off in Edwards. The cab driver chased him without success.

Party crasher

A man in his early 20s kicked and shattered the glass on the front door of an apartment complex on Bachelor Gulch Road on April 15.

A witness saw the man run toward an apartment and called deputies. The officers contacted the residents in the apartment, who said the man had been at their party but they didn't know him.

The suspect was 6 feet tall with long, dark hair. He wore a T-shirt with a Bud-Lite logo.

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