Dispute turns into standoff

Hayden man faces abuse, weapons charges after 3-hour incident

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— An argument between a married couple escalated into a three-hour standoff with police Tuesday morning in Hayden.

Routt County sheriff's officers took 33-year-old Michael Jack Mosbey into custody at about 8:45 a.m. Tuesday after Mosbey's father persuaded him to surrender, police said.

Mosbey faces charges of felony menacing, third degree assault, child abuse, prohibited use of a weapon, failure to leave the premises by request of a peace officer and destruction of telephone service. He is being held at the Routt County Jail.

Sgt. Ray Birch of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said officers responding to a domestic disturbance call early Tuesday found Mosbey barricaded in his rural Hayden home off Routt County Road 78. He reportedly was armed with a rifle.

Officers went to the home after getting information about a woman who had called 911 and "just got some words out about her husband and the cell cut out," Birch said.

By the time officers arrived at the house at 5:50 a.m., the woman had called again and told dispatchers that her husband had attacked her and that he was in the garage and had been drinking heavily. The woman hung up on dispatchers, apparently because the man had come back into the house.

Birch said the couple argued Monday night, and Mosbey left for a bar. He reportedly returned at about 2 a.m. and started fighting with his wife again at about 4 a.m.

The woman told police that after Mosbey came back into the house from the garage, he went into a room and started loading a rifle. Mosbey shouted at his wife that "he's not going to jail and he'll shoot anyone that tries to come inside," Birch said.

At that point, the woman grabbed her sons -- ages 23 months and 6 months -- and fled the home. The woman was not badly injured and declined medical treatment. The children were uninjured.

After making contact with the woman in person, officers requested backup. Birch said seven sheriff's officers were at the scene. The Hayden Police Department, Colorado High?--way Patrol and West Routt County Fire Department assisted in the incident.

Police had a few brief phone conversations with Mosbey, who refused to surrender or come out of the house, Birch said. "He insisted that the cops leave and insisted he would take the cops out if they moved or tried to enter the house," Birch said.

Police contacted Mosbey's father, who came to the house to assist police. Mosbey surrendered at at about 8:45 a.m. after having phone conversations with his father, Birch said.

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