Frisco business owner allegedly brandishes gun during parking dispute
FRISCO – A Frisco business owner is being investigated for allegedly threatening another driver with a handgun Thursday, Aug. 15.
Breckenridge resident Felix Lesmerises, owner of the Yankee Trader Pawn shop in Frisco, is accused of threatening Breckenridge resident and Deputy District Attorney Tim Eckland with a handgun during a traffic dispute.
The incident occurred around 2 p.m. Aug. 15 as Eckland backed out of a parking space in front of Alpine Market on Main Street.
Eckland recounted his version of the incident to police, stating he saw a gap in traffic before he pulled out onto Main Street. As he backed up, however, a Blazer accelerated toward him, he said. The Blazer left him little room to negotiate, he said, and because of a power-steering problem, it took him longer than usual to pull out of his space.
When he reached the stop sign at Fourth Avenue and Main Street, Eckland claims, he got out of his car and approached Lesmerises, asking if there was anything Lesmerises wanted to tell him. Eckland told police Lesmerises used profanity and told Eckland to get out of his way. After a few exchanges, Lesmerises allegedly pulled out a gun and pointed it at Eckland’s head, Eckland told police.
When Eckland pulled out his wallet and showed Lesmerises his deputy district attorney badge and ordered him to pull over while he called 911, Lesmerises cooperated, police stated in their report.
“I didn’t point the gun at (Eckland) at any time,” Lesmerises wrote in his statement.
According to Lesmerises, Eckland pulled out into the street in front of him, causing him to stop. When Eckland got out of his car and approached him, Lesmerises said, Eckland leaned against his car in a threatening manner and, using profanity, asked Lesmerises if he had a problem.
Lesmerises told police he felt threatened and opened a bank bag to show Eckland a gun he kept inside.
Lesmerises has a permit from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office to carry concealed weapons, Frisco police officer Neil Baker said in his report. Baker confiscated the .38 caliber pistol Lesmerises had in the bank bag. There was no round in the chamber, Baker reported, but the magazine was loaded.
According to Baker’s report, Lesmerises was cooperative and informed police he had a knife in his front pants’ pocket and another pistol in his back pocket.
Lesmerises was taken to the Summit County Jail, where he was released the same day on a $2,500 bond, said Jill Berman, public information officer for the Summit County Sheriff’s office.
The case is being investigated by the Glenwood Springs district attorney’s office because Eckland works with the Summit County district attorney’s office.
Sheila Onsgard, administrator of the district attorney’s office in Glenwood Springs, said she could not comment on the case.
Lesmerises declined to comment, and the Summit Daily News was unable to reach Eckland for comment.
Lu Snyder can be reached at 970-668-3998, ext. 203, or firstname.lastname@example.org
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