Evidently, I haven't been keeping up on the goings on in my town. CRPD and DCSD have kinda had their hands full....
And the other story...These guys need a freakin lead injection...
Independence Day outrage By Rhonda Moore
Castle Rock resident Michael Stout faces multiple charges for pointing a gun at about 40 neighbors during a July Fourth block party.A Castle Rock man with a troubled history was arrested after he allegedly took aim at about 40 neighbors during a Fourth of July block party, police said.
Michael Stout, 46, allegedly snapped over the fireworks noise from a number of parties in his Founders Village neighborhood, Castle Rock police said.
Witnesses told police that Stout threatened to kill his neighbors because of the noise from a number of Independence Day celebrations going on up and down the block.
“Everybody was just panicked,” Lisa Walker said. “He’s kind of an ill man.”
Walker lives on Spruce Avenue in the Founders Village subdivision, where Stout’s outburst began around 10:30 p.m. July 4.
She was among a number of neighbors enjoying a series of parties from one driveway to the next when Stout exited his house wearing a white bathrobe.
He reportedly had a long-barreled, silver handgun that he pointed at revelers, and ordered them back into their houses, Walker said.
Among the people on the street were Walker’s husband and 19-year-old daughter, who ran with a friend back to her parents’ house in the moments of chaos that followed.
“[Our guests] ran into my house because my husband was across the street,” Walker said. “He was telling everybody to get down because [Stout] pointed the gun at my husband.”
Stout walked slowly with a straight-arm stance, pointing the gun within six feet of neighbors and children, ordering them into their garages and telling them to immediately shut the door.
“Everybody complied with him,” Walker said. “Everybody was inside, quietly freaking out.”
Neighbors remained in their houses for several minutes while officers responded to the call.
Response time was delayed because of the demand for police presence at the town’s Fourth of July celebrations and the high number of calls, said Tony Lane, Castle Rock chief of police.
Castle Rock police received more than 100 calls July 4.
“We were overwhelmed with calls,” Lane said. “We couldn’t keep up with the calls we had.”
By the time a second officer arrived at the scene, he was greeted by a crowd of about 30 people in a panic and screaming, according to police reports.
Many had been drinking throughout the evening, adding to the chaos on scene, Lane said.
The initial report to police indicated shots had been fired in the area, and among the responding officers were several members of the department’s Emergency Response Team, Castle Rock’s equivalent of a SWAT team.
“There is some indication [Stout] did drop the hammer and the shot did not fire,” Lane said. “It was a very, very potentially deadly situation.”
Police entered Stout’s home and detained three people inside, including Stout and his parents, David and Allison Stout.
The elder Stouts were awakened from a sound sleep by officers in their house, said Allison Stout.
David Stout is a retired chief of police, and the couple immediately complied with officers.
“When I see cops in my house, I don’t argue with them,” Allison Stout told the News-Press. “I’ve had too many cops come into my house morning, noon and night, so I knew something was going on. That’s their job. It doesn’t bother me.”
Michael Stout moved back into his parents’ house following a divorce and a series of health issues, Allison Stout said.
It was the first time in his adult life he had moved back with his parents, she said, and the move was intended to be a temporary situation to help him “get sorted out.”
Michael Stout’s sorting out in the legal system dates back to 2005, when he was arrested by Lone Tree police for possession of “rock” cocaine.
In that incident, Lone Tree police were responding to an August 2005 report of a stabbing in the Remington Avenue apartment complex and found Stout bleeding from a cut to his arm.
Court records show Stout had a self-sustained stab wound and was locked in his apartment. He was uncooperative and angry, saying “They’re killing me,” and “They’re trying to poison me.”
Responding officers discovered the cocaine and drug paraphernalia in his apartment and charged him with possession of a controlled substance.
Stout failed to appear for a subsequent court date and was arrested Dec. 2, 2005, by Black Hawk police when he reported an alleged break-in at a casino hotel room.
Black Hawk officers discovered the outstanding warrant for his failure to appear in Douglas County for the Lone Tree charges.
Officers at that time also found cocaine in his room, resulting in another felony possession charge, and found him to be in violation of a restraining order.
His former wife had filed a restraining order against him April 15, 2005.
Stout was sentenced to two years in prison and, at the time of his July 4 arrest, was on parole.
He was charged with felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a previous offender and violation of a restraining order.
Stout was booked into the Douglas County jail on a no-bond hold. While in jail he made statements about harming himself and was later transferred to a Jefferson County facility for psychiatric observation, Lane said.
On July 6, five Founders’ neighbors involved in the July 4 incident filed a restraining order against Stout.
Walker and her family hope he does not move back into the Castle Rock residence with his parents.
The likelihood of seeing Stout under his parents’ roof is unlikely, said Allison Stout, 67.
The couple has been coping with Stout’s troubled behavior since he was a teenager, she said.
On top of his legal woes, Stout is undergoing treatment for liver failure and Hepatitis C, she said.
At 71 and 67 years old, the couple is “getting a little too old for this,” she said.
“I think he’s at that point physically that I wouldn’t be able to cope with his illnesses,” she said. “It’s just been a little exhausting.”
07/17/2008 Witness helps put a face on wanted man By Rhonda Moore
This is a composite sketch of the man believed to be involved in a June 28 burglary of a home at Silver Heights. The suspect shot at two Douglas County deputies while fleeing the area.The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office released a composite sketch of a man allegedly involved in a series of crimes in the Castle Rock area.
The sheriff’s office hopes someone recognizes the suspect, who is wanted in connection with a June 11 armed robbery at the Circle K on Wolfensberger Road, a June 20 chase through The Meadows subdivision and a June 28 burglary attempt at a Silver Heights home in north Castle Rock.
The suspect fired on deputies during a chase following the attempted burglary, injuring one. The deputy was treated and released the same day, and sheriff’s investigators are working with the Castle Rock Police Department to find the man.
The suspect is working with at least one accomplice, said Cocha Heyden, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
“We hope someone recognizes him from this sketch and comes forward with information,” Heyden said.
The artist’s rendition was provided by a witness who came forward after the suspects eluded deputies during the attempted burglary in Silver Heights, Heyden said.
Though investigators received information from the witness early in the investigation, they waited to confirm that the report fit deputies’ description of the man before moving forward with an artist’s rendition.
The crime spree began June 11 when two armed men entered the Circle K convenience store around 3:30 a.m. and forced the clerk to open the cash register.
As previously reported in the News-Press, one man was armed with a rifle and the other with a handgun. The suspects escaped with $125 in cash, police said.
Castle Rock police say the men were dressed in dark camouflage, military-style clothing, moved in swift formation and maintained expert control of the room. They were in the store fewer than two minutes, said Scott Claton, investigations sergeant with the Castle Rock Police Department.
Video surveillance has led investigators to believe the men are between 18 and 25 years old, based on their body language and patterns of movement, Claton said.
The victim reported one man is about 6 feet tall, with bright blond hair in a short “buzz” cut, a slight build, and weighs 150-170 pounds. The man was carrying a rifle, which officers believe is a Bushmaster .223.
The second suspect is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, with darker blond or light brown hair, the same “buzz”-style haircut and a body type similar to the first suspect.
The second suspect was carrying a dark-colored, semi-automatic handgun of an unknown make and size, Claton said. The victim reported the suspect possibly has a British accent.
Investigators believe the suspects were on the move again within 10 days of the Circle K robbery, when officers responded to a report of an armed man in the front yard of a home in The Meadows.
The call came in around 3 a.m. June 20 when a homeowner reported there was a man with a rifle in his front yard on the 1700 block of Hogan Court. While responding, officers were led on a chase by an unknown suspect, who abandoned his vehicle about four miles away.
The vehicle was later confirmed as a stolen vehicle. Although investigators do not know if the reported intruder was involved in the car chase, they believe the suspect or suspects who led officers on a chase were the same people involved in the Circle K robbery, Heyden said.
The last incident occurred around 3 a.m. June 28, when officers responded to a report of an attempted burglary at a home in Silver Heights. Two men led officers on a chase, during which one suspect fired at deputies.
The suspects abandoned their stolen vehicle near Colo. 105 and Wolfensberger Road. A witness in the case provided officers with a description of one of the suspects and told investigators they likely could recognize the suspect, Heyden said.
The witness reported the man in the drawing has short blond hair similar to that of the man whose image was captured on the Circle K video surveillance, Heyden said.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff’s office tip hotline at 303-660-7579.
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