Man remains in custody after hotel standoff

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David Michael Weaver

— The man who was arrested after a standoff at a Steamboat Springs hotel early Sunday morning had been arrested two other times in recent months.

David Michael Weaver, 26, was told his rights by a judge Monday, and his bond was set at $1,500.

Weaver had not posted bond as of Tuesday evening, and he is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Oct. 15. A message left with his attorney was not immediately returned Tuesday.

Formal charges had not yet been filed by Tuesday afternoon. Weaver was arrested on suspicion of reckless endangerment, violation of a protection order, prohibited use of a weapon, obstructing a police officer, third-degree trespass, menacing and refusal to leave premises upon request of a peace officer. The arresting charges were all misdemeanors.

Steamboat police were called to the Ptarmigan Inn at about 4:30 a.m. Sunday to a report of a male being loud. According to Sgt. Scott Middleton, Weaver was living in Steamboat and was a long-term guest at the hotel.

According to an arrest warrant, Weaver refused to leave the room, became agitated and threatened the police. Police also could hear the sound of a hunting bow string being plucked. The hotel manager reported Weaver was drunk whenever he saw him and used the bow on a previous day to shoot an arrow into the wall.

The Combined Emergency Response Team composed of area police officers was called in to help.

At about 8:45 a.m., officers were on the hotel balcony, opened the balcony door and were able to gain entry and arrest Weaver.

On Aug. 1, Weaver was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing after an incident at Alma’s Only Bar in Alma. According to an arrest warrant, Weaver was drunk and threatened people with a gun. The affidavit also states Weaver was a veteran who had served in Iraq and was suffering from mental health issues.

A week later, Steamboat police were called to a family disturbance and ended up taking Weaver to detox. Police also discovered Weaver had a protection order related to the arrest in Alma. Weaver was not supposed to be drinking, and police arrested him on suspicion of violating a protection order.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247 or email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com

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jerry carlton 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Sounds like this young man needs to be in a VA mental facility but the Federal government would rather send the money to Egypt and everywhere else as foreign aid.

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John Weaver 10 months, 3 weeks ago

Jerry, that is a correct assessment. The system for assisting veterans in need of mental health care is broken in the sense that it is extremely difficult for those veterans to gain access to this type of care. I would guess funding is a significant contributing factor. We have been attempting to gain access for David to mental health care through a VA mental health facility for over 6 months, to no avail. That would have been prior to any of the aforementioned incidents. He was finally verbally accepted a month and a half ago and then when it came time to be admitted 2 weeks ago, we were told there was no longer room to accommodate him. It is a sad and frustrating situation to say the least.

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jerry carlton 10 months, 3 weeks ago

John Thank you for trying and keep on trying. The way the federal government treats veterans young and old is a disgrace. Nothing is good enough for congress, the president and judges. Nothing is good for veterans.

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