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Eagle Co. carjacking spree gets man 21 years

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado” A man who was convicted in November of stealing several cars more than three years ago was sentenced to 21 years in prison last week, authorities said.

David Manzi, of New York, was ordered to pay almost $5,000 in restitution as a part of his sentence, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said.

Manzi and Cory Long, of Greentown, Ind., crashed a car they stole in Denver on the interstate between Wolcott and Eagle in November 2004, police have said.

A Carbondale couple stopped and Long and Manzi carjacked them and later crashed between Eagle and Gypsum, police have said.

A Gypsum man stopped to help out and Manzi and Long stole his car, the District Attorney’s Office has said.

The men crashed that car into a snow bank on Eby Creek Road and Long passed out, authorities said.

Manzi ran to a home and tried to steal two other cars. Police arrived and Manzi was arrested. Long was arrested when he was found in the truck, police have said.

Long was sentenced to eight years in prison after he pleaded guilty to aggravated motor vehicle theft and driving under the influence in March 2005, said Arleen Sandberg of the District Attorney’s Office.

EDWARDS ” A drunken man who chased another man with a butcher knife was arrested, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The drunken man, 39, wanted to pick a fight and chased a 29-year-old man with a butcher knife in a mobile home. The 29-year-old grabbed a chair, pinned down the 39-year-old with it and took away the knife.

The 39-year-old went outside the mobile home and broke a window in the home with a broom.

While carrying the broom, the 39-year-old tried to climb into the home through the broken window. The 29-year-old grabbed the broom and pushed the man back.

His arms and hands bleeding, the 39-year-old tried to punch the 29-year-old as sheriff’s deputies arrived.

The 39-year-old was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing with a weapon, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

BEAVER CREEK ” A man who broke the window of a bus was ticketed, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

A man, 22, jumped in front of a bus that had just left a bus stop. He waved his arms and the driver had to slam on the brakes.

The 22-year-old hit the bus door’s window with his bag and shattered a $500 window when the bus driver refused to open the door.

The 22-year-old admitted to hitting the door with his bag, but he said he didn’t know that he had broken it. He was ticketed for criminal mischief.

WOLCOTT ” A dump truck driver returned to the scene of a fight to get his cell phone and found another dump truck driver brandishing a sledgehammer, according to the Eagle County Sheriff’s Office.

The two drivers had earlier gotten into a fist fight at a construction site after a disagreement about pay. When one driver went back to look for his cell phone, the other driver was holding a sledgehammer. The men fought again.

Witnesses could not say exactly what happened, and the drivers decided to drop charges against on another.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or slynn@vaildaily.com.

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