CRIME ROUNDUP: Unwelcome houseguest accused of stabbing man in the arm; careless driving citation in Olathe injury-crash

The driver of this vehicle, which rolled in a September crash, is accused of careless driving causing injury to his passenger. (Courtesy photo/MCSO/Gene Lillard)

Compiled by Katharhynn Heidelberg

Olathe police, bomb squad and ATF seize suspected explosivesThe Olathe Police Department is working with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms after locating automatic weapons and possible explosives/ pipe bomb materials at a residence on Church Street Tuesday, Oct. 5.

A tipster alerted authorities about the items Olathe Police Chief Rogelio Pacheco said.

His officers responded with the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad to seize the items under a search warrant. No arrests have been made.

The law enforcement response required Church Street to be closed near the 500 block for several hours. Police notified nearby residents through the reverse 911 system.

“We’re very grateful that resident came forward with (information). We thank the public for coming forward,” Pacheco said.

It was the second time this year that explosives of some nature were found at a Montrose County home. In March, the Montrose County Sheriff’s Office located suspected military-grade explosives similar to C-4. The U.S. Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit from Fort Carson took possession of the items and took over the investigation which has not resulted in charges so far, Montrose County Sheriff Gene Lillard said.

Houseguest allegedly stabs man after overstaying welcomeA man who was invited into a home on South Fifth Street Oct. 1 allegedly began behaving erratically, refused to leave when told to, then stabbed a man who arrived to help evict him.

Christopher Godfrey, 52, was detained on suspicion of second-degree assault; first-degree burglary; violation of bail conditions and violating a protection order. Formal charges are due Oct. 21.

When officers responded to the call Oct. 1, Godfrey was still in the home and was ordered out at gunpoint.

The female resident explained she sometimes allows Godfrey in to rest or shower and she had done so that day, but he began throwing items around, so she fetched her downstairs tenant to help remove him.

When the man knocked, Godfrey allegedly opened the door, stabbed him in the arm with a knife and said: “Mind your own business.”

The man sustained a small wound but declined medical treatment at the scene.

Another neighbor told officers he had tried to talk Godfrey into leaving and that the woman had thrown water on him to get him to leave.

Godfrey said the woman and her tenant had been throwing his belongings into the front yard and cut the valve stem of his bike, his arrest affidavit states. He also denied ever stabbing the man.

Assault charges dropped in menacing caseJuan Escarcega-Hernandez saw first-degree assault charges dropped under an amended complaint.

Instead, he is charged with two counts each of felony menacing; illegal discharge of a firearm; prohibited use of a weapon and non-injury child abuse. Prosecutors amended the complaint on the eve of his preliminary hearing last week, which then was canceled, because the remaining charges are not eligible for a prelim.

Escarcega-Hernandez is due again in court on Nov. 8.

He was in April originally accused of opening fire on a vehicle his girlfriend was in and chasing it down the street after a dispute over child custody. He reportedly told police he had fired at the ground because the vehicle was coming at him.

Citation issued in Olathe rollover crashThe Grand Junction man injured last month when he rolled his pickup on U.S. 50 near Olathe was cited on allegations of driving without a license and careless driving causing injury, the Colorado State Patrol said.

Emilio Bingham, 24, was behind the wheel of a Ford F-350 on Sept. 24, eastbound on U.S. 50 at about milemarker 81, driving an estimated 75 mph when the truck’s right-side tires went off the roadway, according to the state patrol.

The vehicle rotated on the road, slid onto the shoulder, then rolled, injuring Bingham and the 29-year-old man riding with him. (Initial reports from the CSP indicated Bingham was alone in the vehicle, but the agency has since confirmed there was a passenger.) Both men were transported to hospitals for care.

The passenger’s wife reported he sustained shoulder and severe ankle injuries and must undergo more surgeries. He was catching a ride to work in Ridgway with Bingham, she said, adding both men were lucky to be alive.

The crash left the highway shut down near Carnation Road for a few hours Sept. 24.

Man pleads guilty to drug offensesMatthew Kurr, accused of using rental vehicles to transport illegal drugs from out of state, pleaded guilty to possession with intent to distribute a controlled substance, according to Montrose County Combined Court records.

Sentencing was set for Oct. 25.

Kurr, free on bond, had been arrested in 2019 on drug distribution charges related to methamphetamine.

Charges filed in heroin caseBobby “Troy” McKibben, arrested on drug allegations in September, was charged formally with drug possession, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and obstruction, according to court records.

McKibben, who was on parole and who was previously convicted of drug offenses in Montrose, was found slumped over in his vehicle at LaRaza Park on Sept. 23. He allegedly had a used syringe in his lap.

When police ordered him out of the vehicle, McKibben reportedly fled on foot. He was captured later after being tasered. McKibben allegedly admitted to using heroin and to being an addict.

Man formally charged with retaliating against mayorMark Berry, accused in September of harassing Mayor Doug Glaspell with repeated phone calls, was charged formally with retaliation against an elected official and misdemeanor harassment.

Arraignment is set for Oct. 28.

Police allege that Berry, 49, repeatedly phoned Glaspell, calling him a “terrorist” and saying he was part of a terroristic organization — and as such, Glaspell was going to go to prison.

Berry also allegedly referred to himself as an investigator and said he wasn’t afraid of “your terrorist police.” Police said in his arrest affidavit that when went to talk to him, Berry called them “Nazis.”

Glaspell said he was not particularly concerned about the calls, although they alarmed his wife.

Parking lot stabbing brings assault chargeMiguel Delgado, accused of stabbing another man in the parking lot of Rio Bravo in July, was charged formally with first-degree assault, according to court records.

He is free on bond and next due in court Nov. 4.

According to his arrest affidavit, Delgado told police he was defending himself when other men began circling him, then started throwing punches and kicks; also one man gestured as if he had a knife.

Witnesses told police that a woman at the restaurant had asked for help in getting Delgado to leave her alone. The alleged victim said when he told Delgado to leave her be, he was punched in the stomach and thought the person who hit him was Delgado, whom he then punched in the head. He realized he had been stabbed when others pointed out he was bleeding.

The man sustained a punctured abdominal wall.

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