Steamboat police officer says he was charged by man holding large beer bottle

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— A 27-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after police said he threatened an officer with a 40-ounce glass beer bottle.

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Raymond J. Trout

Raymond J. Trout was arrested on suspicion of felony menacing. Menacing is when a person puts someone in fear of imminent serious bodily injury.

Trout was seen by a judge Thursday, and his bond was set at $2,000. He is due back in court at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Officer Matthew Gadbois responded to the 1300 block of Dream Island Plaza at about 9 p.m. after getting a call of a disturbance. When he arrived, Gadbois could hear an angry male’s voice coming from inside the trailer, and it sounded as though he was yelling at someone.

According to an arrest affidavit, Gadbois stood outside and announced he was a police officer as he shined his flashlight into the trailer.

Gadbois wrote in the affidavit that he saw Trout come around a corner, and Trout raised the beer bottle over his head as though he was going to hit Gadbois. Trout then charged Gadbois, the affidavit states. Gadbois said he was able to grab Trout’s arm and deliver an open palm strike to Trout's chest. This knocked Trout to the floor, but Gadbois said Trout fought back and resisted, the affidavit states.

Gadbois eventually was able to put handcuffs on Trout, and backup arrived as Gadbois contacted the other male involved in the initial disturbance. The other male was not arrested.

According to the affidavit, Trout admitted to drinking about seven beers Wednesday night, but he would not say how big those beers were.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email mstensland@SteamboatToday.com or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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