Yampa man faces assault charges

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A Yampa man was in jail Monday facing three criminal charges in connection with an incident with an ex-girlfriend about guns, which occurred Sunday at the Royal Hotel.

Howard Scott Williamson, 41, faces a felony criminal trespassing charge along with misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault and harassment, law officers said.

Undersheriff Dan Taylor of the Routt County Sheriff's Office said the incident began early Sunday afternoon after Williamson accused an ex-girlfriend of stealing several of his guns -- including a pistol, a shotgun and an air gun -- when the two split up.

The dispute was about the shotgun, which the 47-year-old woman claimed to no longer have, Taylor said.

Williamson is accused of following the woman around the hotel and kicking the door of her room, Taylor said. "I believe that was where she lived," he said.

Williamson also is accused of punching the woman's 51-year-old friend in the eye when he attempted to intervene, Taylor said.

The man's injuries were not significant, Taylor said.

A sheriff's deputy at the Routt County Jail said Monday afternoon that Williamson remained in custody and had not appeared in court because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Williamson is scheduled to appear in court at 1 p.m. today, when his bail will be set, the deputy said.

-- To reach Mike Lawrence, call 871-4203 or e-mail mlawrence@steamboatpilot.com

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