Summit County police blotter: Threatening texts lead to harassment charge
Ryan Summerlin May 26, 2014
At about 6:45 p.m. Monday, May 5, Summit County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to a report of harassment near Breckenridge.
The alleged victim, an employee of Good Times Adventures, reported to law enforcement officers that he began receiving threatening text messages from a coworker in January. The victim reportedly borrowed a vehicle from his boss, with his permission, then got into a crash.
The victim said he and his boss came to a verbal agreement about restitution. It was later discovered the damage exceeded the original agreement, according to police records.
It’s unclear from police reports whether the victim and his boss came to a new agreement, but it would be safe to assume they didn’t as the suspect later told law enforcement officers the crash is what spurred his threatening text messages.
Although the content of the messages is not appropriate for print, the majority threatened physical violence.
Nothing materialized in January, according to records, but the threats began again earlier this month when the victim received two phone calls from the suspect. The victim tried to bring the conflict to a peaceful resolution by way of text message, but received a violent message in response, according to reports.
After interviewing the victim, deputies reached out to the suspect by telephone to get his side of the story, but the suspect initially refused to cooperate, saying he’s not a “cop caller.” When deputies informed the suspect he would likely be charged with harassment, he agreed to meet the officers in the parking lot of the City Market store in Breckenridge.
The suspect then admitted to sending the text messages in January and May, saying the victim owed his boss more money and that he wanted to deal with the victim the “American way.” When asked if he sent one particularly violent message, the suspect said he would have preferred it if he and the victim handled the situation “like men.”
The suspect then said he received similar text messages and threatening phone calls from the victim, but refused to allow law enforcement officers to inspect his phone. Deputies issued the suspect a summons for harassment before he left the scene.
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