Man who went on Eagle Co. crime spree convicted |

Man who went on Eagle Co. crime spree convicted

Steve Lynn
Vail, CO Colorado

EAGLE, Colorado ” A jury convicted a man last week of stealing a truck and attempting to steal two other cars almost three years ago, Eagle County District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said in a press release.

David Manzi, of New York, and Cory Long, of Greentown, Ind., crashed a car they stole in Denver on the interstate between Wolcott and Eagle Nov. 30, 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 D.A.’s Office 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.

Manzi faces up to 15 years in prison and is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 19.

GYPSUM ” A man who beat his girlfriend twice in two days broke all the phones in his home so that his girlfriend could not call police, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The girlfriend was getting ready to go out with friends. Her boyfriend pulled her from her car and slapped her face, which was red and swollen in the shape of a hand print when sheriff’s deputies arrived.

The girlfriend and boyfriend got into an argument the night before, too, she said. He tried to choke her, and she hit and scratched him to break free.

The boyfriend was arrested on suspicion of assault, domestic violence and obstruction of telephone service.

GYPSUM ” A Denver hunter who claimed he had permission to hunt some land was ticketed for trespassing, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The hunter told the property’s manager that the landowner said he could hunt in the area. But when the manager talked to the owner, the owner refuted the claim.

Sheriff’s deputies caught up with the hunters near Gypsum and the hunter insisted “Doc,” the landowner, said he could hunt there. But the property owner doesn’t go by that nickname.

When told he would be ticketed for trespassing, the hunter said he had expected trouble, and already had hired a lawyer.

Another hunter, an Eagle County woman, had a warrant out for her arrest and was jailed.

WOLCOTT ” A man forgot $28,000 in surveying equipment on a roadside and it was stolen, according to an Eagle County Sheriff’s Office report.

The man had been surveying land east of Wolcott Spur Road. He packed up the equipment in a case and left it at a pullout between interstate 70 and Highway 6.

He left to go pack up some more equipment, then headed back to his office. Twenty to 30 minutes later, he realized he forgot the case.

He went back to the pullout and it was gone.

The Eagle Valley Enterprise contributed to this article. Staff Writer Steve Lynn can be reached at 748-2931 or

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