Yampa man remains in custody

Resident accused with strangling, sexually assaulting woman

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— A Yampa man suspected of strangling and sexually assaulting a woman in a domestic dispute last month remains in Routt County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bond.

The man, 33, is charged with felony domestic violence charges of first-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault, and first-degree sexual assault, as well as a misdemeanor charge of violating a protection order.

The man and the victim have been engaged in a long-standing domestic dispute, Routt County Sheriff's Office Investigator Ken Klinger said last month.

In the month before the Jan. 19 incident, the man was arrested three times on suspicion of violating a restraining order held by the victim.

The man's case was continued Wednesday in Routt County Court at the request of his public defender, Trevor McFee, who still is awaiting discovery in the case. The man has remained in custody since his Jan. 20 arrest.

The man allegedly assaulted the woman at her Yampa home about 3 a.m. Jan. 19, when police say he tried to strangle the woman with a nylon stocking, force-fed her pills and sexually assaulted her while she was unconscious, according to sworn affidavi0ts.

Concern arose for the victim's welfare when no one had heard from her that day, as she normally checks in every two hours via telephone to confirm her safety in light of the restraining order, according to the affidavits. A friend was sent to check on the woman at her residence and found the woman extremely disoriented and bruised, with both eyes swollen shut and the nylon stocking still around her neck, the affidavits state.

The woman was transported via ambulance to Yampa Valley Medical Center, where she was found to have several facial fractures.

Sheriff's Office deputies arrested the man at his residence early Jan. 20. Police said he was under the influence of unknown substances and admitted to taking a lot of pills. He was transported to the hospital for treatment, and booked into Routt County Jail later that day.

The man is due to appear in Routt County Court for a status conference at 1 p.m. March 5.

- To reach Melinda Dudley, call 871-4203

or e-mail mdudley@steamboatpilot.com

Comments

dundalk 6 years, 10 months ago

Which law agency protects Yampa and where were they during this domestic violence incident.

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handyman 6 years, 10 months ago

The last two articles about sexual assault have not named the perpetrator. Why? Other articles about a crime having been committed name the accused. I'm not being morbid or gossipy, but why are their identies being kept a secret?

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Scott Wedel 6 years, 10 months ago

Something is deeply wrong when a restraining order is violated three times in a month AND the protected person is so scared that she was making welfare check calls every 120 minutes, but the person repeatedly violating the restraining order was free to assault and attempt murder.

Could a restraining order be any more pointless or less effective?

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Ms_E_Bronte 6 years, 10 months ago

Agreed. However Scott, we wouldn't want to violate this man's civil/Constitutional rights, would we? We all know the laws are to protect the criminals, not the victims. This is an age old story...luckily this lady is still alive...there are countless victims "protected" by restraining orders who are not. Hopefully this time this guy won't be able to come up with the bail bond.

Why did it take a day before anyone got around to checking on her?

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Hmmm 6 years, 10 months ago

Dundalk,

Nice try at sarcasm. You should be ashamed at yourself for taking a knock at the Deputies of the Sheriff's Office. Unlike your precious little SSPD, the Sheriff's Office has 2200 square miles in their jurisdiction (not 4)....I would think that it would be a little difficult to be everywhere at once and have a 2 minute response time, which is the luxury of the SSPD. Where was the SSPD when the baby was murdered? However, unlike your remark about the Sheriff's Office, I believe the SSPD got there as quick as possible and did the best they could.

You may not like Sheriff Wall, but shame on you for taking shots at the Deputies who put their necks on the line every night. Your beloved SSPD is the smallest part of Routt County's law enforcement community. I respect every law enforcement officer and I appreciate the tough job they all do. However, it doesn't take much to respond to a 2 vehicle non-injury at 5th and Lincoln...and then respond to another....and then another....and then another.

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katrinkakelly 6 years, 10 months ago

I heard from a very close source to the victim....................that the judge was going to give this guy a 15,000 dollar bond again!, untill the victim showed up at the court house with her eye sockets demolished and her contact lens completely embedded in her eyes.

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Hmmm 6 years, 10 months ago

Katrinka-

Par for the course for our judicial system. I'm surprised that the dirtbag didn't get a $1500 bond even with the victim showing up with her eyes swollen shut. There is probably going to have to be videotape evidence of the beating/attempted murder for the judge to sentence this guy to prison....and then he'll say, "There's no videotape of the actual crime? Then I must sentence this dirtbag to probation."

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ventrygirl 6 years, 10 months ago

So, the assault occurred on Jan 19 and it is just now making the news? Domestic violence and sexual assault are very serious issues in our community. The Pilot needs to report the truth, regardless of the unglamorous light it sheds on our bucolic little community.

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BoatMaster 6 years, 10 months ago

The Paper needs to put this persons name in the headline now!!

The community needs to protect itself from this person. !!

Does anyone know if you can go online and see the arrest report of mug shot of this guy. Please post a link if possible.

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thecondoguy1 6 years, 10 months ago

My beloved father would have said, if we can't protect our women and children,,,,,,,,, what good are we.................

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ColoradoNative 6 years, 10 months ago

No kidding boatmaster. This story is just sickening and sad.

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dundalk 6 years, 10 months ago

Hmm: Dude you need to chill. I feel horrible for the sheriff's department deputies. I can't begin to imagine what it must be like to see their boss' smug face on the paper on a fairly regular basis...bad publicity has a way of marring the honest and hard work that deputies perform everyday. My point is that one of Wall's promises during the campaign was to provide more service to the out of town areas. From reading the police blotter every week, it seems that the sheriff department spends an awful amount of time within the city boundaries. I happen to respect each and every honest, hard working deputy and sspd officer that puts his life on the line every day to protect me. What I don't respect is someone who maligns his own deputies by his very presence.

Have another cup of coffee Hmm and chilll out.

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 10 months ago

i know the victim and the perp...they are probably not releasing names because of the severity of the charges and the investigation is not complete...according to family members the victim had been out all night with a very "rough crowd" and there really was no recolection of who actually did it...maybe being an habitual offender of a restraining order gets the finger pointed to you when you MAY be innocent? i hope the truth will come out so we can make well informed judgements

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80488mom 6 years, 10 months ago

Dear Handyman - If you are seriously interested go up to the search engine on the Pilot's web page. Search "jail report". Go back to the first part of January. Look through and you will find a listing with his name........easy to find considering you have his age and location.

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80488mom 6 years, 10 months ago

PS Handyman - now go to the search engine again, type in his name and you will see it's not his first rodeo.

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aristocat 6 years, 10 months ago

Should he even have been let out of jail the first time from restraining order violation when he is an ex-convict for murder! Regaurdless of who she was with the night before, and I know they may not be the brightest light bulb on the Christmas tree, but they certainly are not the roughest crowd. Unlike the accused they have no history of domestic violence much less restraining order or violations.

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 10 months ago

musknosumpin...where do get your info? ie:he admitted? dna? evidence?

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honeystinger1 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree musknosumpin, he needs to go away for a very long time this time. We are a small but tight knit community and we do not deserve to have people like that lurking around our families or hurting their own. He should have had harsher punishments the first, second, & third time he violated the restraining order. The victim was definelty not protected in this case. The saddest thing about this is the fact that she will be forever traumatized by this and so will her small child. Just imagine this poor child having to see her mother go through this pain. Our community deserves to be protected by punks like this with harsher punishments or they will just keep thinking that they can get away with things, like this guy did.

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 10 months ago

yes, i agree with the fact that if he is guilty of this crime, he needs to be punished and from what i hear...he will be going away for longer than his life expectancy is...HOWEVER, we can't look away from the choices one has..no, this victim did not deserve this...i do remember what my parents taught me about being carefull on your selection of company you keep...she decided to live with and have a baby with an ex-con with a long rap sheet and it seems as though she is continuing to make bad choices on the people she hangs out with...i'm really starting to feel sorry only for another baby that was brought into this world by disfunctional parents

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Benny 6 years, 10 months ago

This is not her fault because she chose to live with him. I'm sure that when she fell in love with this man and chose to marry him, he did not show his true colors to her. I'm sure he didn't beat the crap out of her on their first date. This kinda of stuff happens all over the world and the victim should not be blamed, ever! There is always psycological manipulation involved and she needs support from her friends and family if she is ever going to have a good relationship in the future.

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 10 months ago

well, now that you know their courtship benny...you must know her better than i...so, will you please tell her to start acting like a mother to her almost orphaned baby and be a better role model?... did i BLAME?...all choices have consequences...good and bad...you need to learn from them or the cycle continues..just like they are in this case

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oldskoolstmbt 6 years, 10 months ago

musk- i agree...and his kids are scarred, yet are turning out to be pretty decent people..they know he has spent half of their life in prison and they are trying to take that lesson as a postive instead of a negative...

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Boatgirl2008 6 years, 10 months ago

I am disgusted by people trying to point the finger at the victim here. It doesn't matter what their courtship was like or what their lifestyles are like now or were like in the past - NO ONE deserves to be treated in this manner.

It sure sounds like "blame" when you are implying that if this woman was a "better role model" and "acted like a mother" somehow he wouldn't have tried to kill her. This man obviously has mental problems and I doubt there is/was anything this woman can do to control him, or she would have stopped this from happening!

That type of mentality in the minds of our judges, police force, attorneys, and general public is what perpetuates this exact problem. What we should be focusing on is why the system failed to keep this woman safe when she obviously had a violent history with this man and court orders to protect herself from him. Regardless of whether she "hangs out with a rough crowd" or he "has a long rap sheet," something went horribly wrong here, and as a community we should be questioning why - not just for this woman's sake, but for our own safety and the safety of our loved ones!

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aristocat 6 years, 10 months ago

I agree with you Boatgirl. They were supposed to be in court that week for a divorce. She had the restraining order in place. Seems to me like she knew what he was capable of and was trying to protect herself and her child. They say a restraining order is only as good as the paper it is written on, but how many times does it have to be violated before the paper becomes valid. If she had not managed to get herself out of intensive care and get to the court house, he probably would have succeeded what he had failed to do. How does she protect herself from being "strangle with a nylon stocking, force-fed pills and sexually assaulted while unconscious", according to sworn affidavidts".

I do not agree that his other children are turning out to be decent, yet scarred young people. His son was missing from Mesa and his daughter and son both stayed in trouble or were running away most of the time they were in their father's custody. If they are going to be decent adults, then they need to be with someone that puts them first and not a parent who puts his addiction and vengence first.

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dave reynolds 6 years, 10 months ago

Where i came from we had a simalir cituation..well one nite the man came home drunker than a skunk passed out on the bed..she sewed him into it and beat the daylites outta him with a 2X4..he no longer lives in my home town and I know he no longer beats women cause of the injuries..she was found not guilty/self defense

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aristocat 6 years, 10 months ago

I had a sister-in law that super glued the bed sheets and beat her ex husband with a dresser drawer when he was passed out. No charges were filed because he was so drunk he never woke up until the next day and she was long gone. In the divorce, it was never brought up. It did make a believer of her next husband!

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colowoodsman 6 years, 10 months ago

At least LE got the suspect from the hospital to the jail without losing him. Why did it take so long to publish the story? Who was the judge that set the bails after every arrest? Why hasn't the DA(does he /she have a name) provided discovery? Will this allow the suspect to get out of jail again? I guess with all these 'powder days' we can't expect everyone to be at their desks!

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Benny 6 years, 10 months ago

I don't know everthing about their courtship, but I did go to school with the victim and she was a good student and didn't party (I did). She was younger than me and we weren't close or anything, but it was a small school (Soroco) and I know her well enough to know that this is absolutely not her fault. She may have made mistakes in her life, but her mistakes were small and I think she is reaching out right now for anyone that will love her. Her father killed himself, her sister died in a meth lab explosion in Denver area, she's had some hard times, but she will get through this. I have seen her with her daughter and I believe that she will do what is right by her child.

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katrinkakelly 6 years, 10 months ago

Send him to Texas for the trial, they have a great policy for this kind of person, we will never see him again............... and you all can shut up the slander about the VICTIM!!!

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