Vail Police Department terminates officer, who faces charges of harassment following arrest |

Vail Police Department terminates officer, who faces charges of harassment following arrest

Members of the Vail Police Department arrested officer Adam Bloom on Wednesday, charging Bloom with harassment of a local woman and terminating his job with the department.

According to a local witness, Bloom was involved in an incident that occurred at Local Joe’s Pizza, a bar and restaurant in the Sandstone area of Vail, between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. on Saturday. He had been with the department for less than a year.

Bartender Lidia Whipple said Bloom arrived at the bar at about 1:15 a.m. with two friends on Saturday morning. Bloom was behaving erratically and letting it be known to all in the bar that he was an officer with Vail Police, Whipple said.

Not long after arriving, “He tried to start a fight with one of our bar guests,” Whipple said.

Bloom then began harassing one of the female guests at the bar, following her to her residence after she left, Whipple said.

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“She was scared,” Whipple said.

Whipple said as Bloom was following the woman, she told his friends they had to leave, but they said Bloom was their ride home. Whipple said she told them to walk or catch a bus, but they didn’t have proper clothing for the cold walk. After they left, she realized her jacket was missing, with her key to her truck inside. She said the obvious motive to steal the jacket was the cold walk that she had prompted the men to take.

“I didn’t want for (Bloom) to get in trouble, I didn’t want for him to lose his job, I just wanted my (jacket) back,” she said.

So she took to Facebook, posting about what happened. The Vail Police Department responded, saying it had recovered the jacket and keys.

Whipple said she later heard from the female guest that Bloom had followed her nearly all the way to her residence, frightening her, and she felt she needed to share that detail with the police.

“I didn’t want to press charges on either of the other two guys, because they were kind and very respectful,” she said.

But as for Bloom and the alleged harassment of the local woman, “I don’t care if you’re on duty or off-duty police, you still have an image to uphold in our community,” Whipple said.

Vail Police said the investigation is ongoing.

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