Man arrested in trucK theft, assault on driver

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— A Steamboat Springs man who testified earlier this month in the trial of a man convicted of attempted murder was arrested over the weekend on suspicion of assaulting a woman he knows and stealing her truck.

Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said Toni Bufkin, also a witness in the trial of Edward Moore, told police she and Josh Carter argued Saturday night at the Double Z, a restaurant and bar on Yampa Street, about whether he could take her truck. They went outside and Carter allegedly pushed her to the ground, covered her mouth when she called for help and left in her truck.

She left the bar with a friend who drove by the Golden Cue and noticed the truck. Bufkin then drove it to her Copper Mountain Estates home.

Fiebing said that when Bufkin was interviewed by police, she was crying, her jeans were wet and muddy and she had a lump on the left side of her forehead that she said Carter had caused. She told police that Carter had hit her numerous times before and that he was not her boyfriend, Fiebing said.

Later that night, Sgt. Joel Rae saw Carter in an alley. Carter allegedly ran away but was caught and arrested.

Carter, 25, saw a judge on Monday and was advised of the charges against him -- second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, robbery, third-degree assault, driving with a revoked license and being a habitual traffic offender.

As of Monday, Carter was being held in the Routt County Jail on $5,000 bond.

Carter and Bufkin were both witnesses at the trial of Edward Moore, who was convicted on April 7 of attempted murder of Brian Lithgow at Bufkin's home. Both Carter and Bufkin were at Bufkin's home the day last September when Moore stabbed Lithgow twice in the back.


-- To reach Michelle Bales call 871-4208 or e-mail mbales@amigo.net

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