Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a home on Routt County Road 43 Saturday night for what turned into a harrowing experience for one local family.
Ira Craig Scott, a 57-year-old Steamboat Springs-area resident, ultimately was arrested on suspicion of multiple charges after he allegedly tried to get inside a pickup driven by Tim and Jennifer Boyer, later stole the pickup, and then tried to get inside the house where Jennifer Boyer was hiding with her mother and three children.
When Routt County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived on scene, they arrested Scott, 57, on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trespass, criminal attempted first-degree trespass, violation of a protection order, driving under the influence of drugs, possession of marijuana concentrate and possession of drug paraphernalia. Several of the charges are felonies.
Pat Boyer, who along with other family members addressed Routt County Judge James Garrecht during Scott’s arraignment Monday, said some of his family members were “hiding in fear of their lives because he was trying to get in the house.”
“We’re afraid of this man, that he could do some kind of damage not only to property, which he has proven by taking one of our vehicles … but also do harm to our family,” he said.
In the affidavit for Scott’s arrest, Deputy Jacob Carlson wrote that the incident started when Tim and Jennifer Boyer were driving up the driveway of Tim’s parents’ house and saw Scott hiding in the weeds. Scott reportedly jumped out of the weeds and tried to get into the truck but couldn’t.
Tim and Jennifer Boyer turned around and drove to their house about two miles away. Tim dropped off Jennifer and told Jennifer’s stepfather, Micah Gilszmer, what had happened. The two men set out in separate cars to try to find Scott.
As Tim Boyer was checking his parents’ garage, Scott reportedly jumped into the running pickup and drove back to Tim and Jennifer’s house, where he tried opening several doors as Jennifer Boyer was screaming at him from inside.
Jennifer Boyer said she was holding two knives, screaming at Scott as he first tried the back door, then a bedroom door. She then went into the bathroom to hide with her mother and three children, ages 4, 10 and 11.
In the meantime, Tim Boyer had followed Scott back to the house on an ATV and as Scott tried to get back in the pickup, Tim caught Scott and, with Gilszmer, held him down until Carlson arrived.
Jennifer Boyer said the family knew who Scott was because he was staying on a neighboring property, but they did not know that much about him. She said her husband had told Scott he was not welcome on their property in the past.
“He seemed focused, that was the scariest part,” she said.
Scott reportedly said he has a medical marijuana card for the marijuana concentrate in his possession but could not produce the card at the time. Results of a blood test are pending.
Garrecht granted Deputy District Attorney Patrick Welsh’s request to set bond at $20,000. Garrecht also granted a protection order preventing Scott from having contact with several members of the Boyer family.
Scott appeared at his arraignment Monday by video from Routt County Jail. He said he would not be able to make bail and that he plans to apply for assistance from the public defender.
Welsh said Scott is still on felony probation and misdemeanor probation. The felony probation was from a plea a little more than a year ago for motor vehicle theft, Welsh said.