Suspected stalker could be back in valley |

Suspected stalker could be back in valley

Veronica Whitney
Bret Hartman/Vail DailyAvon Police Officer Dave Wineman talks with Avon Bakery and Deli owner Wednesday about new trash removal and wildlife regulations at a checkpoint on Hurd Lane. The Avon Police set up the check point to educate Avon residents of the ongoing bear problems. Residents could be fined between $100 and $1000 for violating the new ordinance.

AVON – Avon police are warning residents that a man suspected of stalking local children more than three years ago could be back in town.Police were alerted a few weeks ago when they got a report that a man who matched the description of the 2001-2002 suspect drove up to two boys at the Lodge at Avon Center and told them to get in the car. The children declined.The 7- and 9-year-old boys told their parents who contacted police. When they were shown the composite of the stalking suspect, the children said everything looked the same except the man had a goatee, police said.After the latest report, police canvassed the area in Avon, but couldn’t find the suspect.In January 2002, police got several reports of a man in a black pickup truck who had driven up to three 12-year-old girls in Avon and asked them to get in his car. The summer of 2001, a man matching his description reportedly tried to approach two young girls in Eagle-Vail, police said.Anyone who has any information can call Eagle County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-962-TIPS or Avon Det. Mike Leake at 748-4026

AVON-A 9-year-old girl in Avon last week looked outside her apartment to find a bear, police said. The girl called police when she saw the bear peeping into the Avon Crossing apartment. Police shot the bear with a round of pepper balls to scare it away.To avoid similar incidents with bears and other wildlife, which have increased this summer according to Avon police, the Avon Town Council approved in August a new ordinance that will punish residents for leaving out garbage or other food sources that lure bears and other wild animals into potentially dangerous proximity with humans.On Wednesday, Avon Police spent some time on the town’s roads reminding people of the new wildlife protection ordinance. Under the new law, residents and business owners who don’t have a wildlife-resistant trash container -a fully-enclosed metal or plastic container with a metal or plastic lid with a latching mechanism- would be restricted to only putting out their garbage on the day it’s picked up.The new ordinance could subject offenders to warnings and fines of up to $1,000.

AVON-An Avon man told police he had been stabbed in the neck by his girlfriend’s former boyfriend.The night of the incident, the 25-year-old man stopped his truck by an Avon police patrol car. The man stepped out of the truck holding his neck with his right hand and told police he had been stabbed in the neck at the Eaglebend apartment parking lot by his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriendThe man told police he didn’t know why the other man had stabbed him.When police interviewed the alleged suspect, the ex-boyfriend told police he had not intended to hurt the other man and that he was only defending himself because the man had attacked him.The ex-broyfriend said he was in his car with his ex-girlfriend when the other man got out of his truck and ran onto the hood of his car. He then started kicking the windshield and grabbed him through the window and started throwing punches at him, the police report said.The ex-boyfriend, who had a pen in his hand when the conflict began, told police he tried to block the man’s punches and accidentally hit him in the neck with the pen.The man’s ex-girlfriend, who was in the car when this happened, confirmed her ex-boyfriend’s story, the police report said. The 18-year-old woman also told police she wasn’t dating the man who was allegedly stabbed. After several interviews, and checking the footprints on the hood of the car and a dent on the door, police issued a summons to the man who was allegedly stabbed for assault and battery, harassment, criminal injury to property and reckless driving.

VAIL- Police responded Sunday to an attempted break-in at a salon in Crossroads.The owner of a salon on East Meadow Drive called police at 9:15 a.m. when she heard noises outside her shop, which was still locked. The woman told police she had seen a man outside and he was trying to break the lock. The man then left and police said they haven’t been able to locate him.Staff writer Veronica Whitney can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 454 or Vail Colorado

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