Pitkin County deputies: Man assaults woman, throws dog
October 19, 2016
Pitkin County sheriff's deputies arrested a Carbondale-area transient over the weekend after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend's Carbondale home, assaulted her and threw her dog against a wall, according to court documents.
Charles Crowell, 59, was charged with assault, cruelty to animals and felony criminal trespassing, and ordered held Monday in lieu of a $4,500 cash or surety bond.
The 58-year-old female victim in the case told police she knew Crowell two years ago when they were both into drugs, but that both had since been to treatment, according to an affidavit filed in Aspen District Court. Crowell completed treatment in July and would sometimes call the victim for a place to stay because he is homeless, the affidavit states.
While staying with the victim Oct. 7, Crowell took her car and didn't return it until after the victim was already late for work. The woman said she confronted Crowell about taking her car, but he grabbed her by the front of the shirt and said, "Don't bitch at me. Don't yell at me. I come back when I want," according to the affidavit.
The woman was too upset to go home that night, so she stayed with a friend in Glenwood Springs. When she returned home the next day, she went straight to her room and locked the door to prevent Crowell from entering. However, Crowell opened her window and attempted to get in, the affidavit states.
"(The victim) said she went to close the window and Crowell punched her in the face," according to the affidavit.
The woman's dog was nearby at the time, and Crowell grabbed it and threw it against the wall, which allowed the woman to close the window, the affidavit states. The dog limped for about an hour after the incident.
Ten minutes later, the woman left her room to use the bathroom. Crowell saw her, ran into the house and "punched her in the face multiple times and also elbowed her in the face," according to the affidavit.
The owner of the house forced Crowell to leave, though Crowell later texted the victim and told her that he wouldn't have had to do what he did had she not provoked him, the affidavit states. The sheriff's deputy who responded "could clearly see bruises on (the victim's) chin," according to the affidavit.
Crowell's lawyer, public defender Molly Owens, said in district court Monday that her client has worked as a stock broker and other "high-end jobs," is highly educated and doesn't belong in custody. Owens requested a personal-recognizance bond.
However, prosecutor Sarah Oszczakiewicz disagreed, saying Crowell's criminal history and the facts alleged in the current case make a personal-recognizance bond inappropriate. He was on probation for a felony drug possession case at the time of his arrest, and an active arrest warrant was already out for his arrest at the time, she said. He also has previous DUI convictions, she said, adding that she was entering an order of protection forbidding Crowell from contacting the victim.