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Boulder Police detectives have been investigating a series of thefts of high-end bicycles from the downtown area and today, March 10, 2014, formally arrested the suspect, John William Samson III (DOB 10/04/1975). Samson was arrested at the Boulder County Jail, where he has been incarcerated on separate charges.
Samson faces 34 counts of Theft, one count of Third Degree Burglary, one count of Criminal Trespass and one count of Criminal Mischief. Twenty-nine of the charges are felonies.
Investigators believe Samson is responsible for the thefts of 43 bicycles from May 2013 until September 2013. The bikes are worth a total of approximately $147,000.00. The bicycles range in price from $700.00 to $9,000.00 each.
The majority of the thefts took place in the downtown business area during daylight hours. Most of the bikes were locked, either to bike racks or on vehicle racks. None of the stolen bikes have been recovered, and they have not shown up in area pawn shops.
Several bicycles were stolen from the campus of Boulder High School, including five bikes belonging to the Boulder High School’s mountain bike team. Those bicycles had been stored in a locked trailer and were taken during the Boulder flood.
Victims include local residents, people travelling through Colorado on vacation and at least one victim who had driven to Boulder for a bike competition, only to find his bicycle stolen the day before he was to compete. Victims are juveniles, students, professionals, a professor and an out-of-state fire fighter.
Brands of the stolen bikes include: Yeti, Santa Cruz, Transition, Titus, Felt, Scott, Specialized, Kona, Gary Fisher, Trek and Klein.
Samson is currently in jail, and his bond has been set at $100,000.00. Detectives are continuing to investigate.
The Boulder Police Department has been working in partnership with the Colorado Department of Corrections, which provided critical information and timely assistance during our investigation.
Anyone with information about these thefts is asked to contact Detective Craig Beckjord at 303-441-3336. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website atwww.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Boulder police are reminding residents to lock their vehicle doors and to remember to take valuable items, such as purses and wallets, with them when leaving vehicles unattended.
The theft ring is believed to be involved in three cases in Boulder and more than 50 cases in other jurisdictions. So far, the thieves are responsible for approximately $100,000 in thefts. (Boulder police case numbers are: 14-1105, 14-1101 and 14-1475).
Investigators believe that at least two male suspects forcibly enter victim vehicles by breaking windows and then stealing purses and wallets, which were left in clearly visible areas of the cars. The suspects then deposit and cash the victim’s checks using the stolen IDs and often use wigs and other disguises when dealing with banks.
It’s believed the suspects are using newer-model SUVs when they make deposits at drive-up bank windows. Some of the vehicles used include a new, mint-green Ford Explorer with tinted windows; a white SUV and a black Infinity SUV.
Photos of suspects who appear to be females are attached and police are asking the public for help in identifying them. It’s possible that the suspects in the photos are wearing wigs or are otherwise disguised.
During the past two weeks, the suspects have trespassed vehicles and stolen IDs every single day somewhere in the Denver metro area.
Anyone with information about the crimes or the suspects is asked to call the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333 or to email us at BouldersMostWanted@bouldercolorado.gov. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Boulder police are looking for a bank robbery suspect and are asking the public for assistance in identifying the robber, who was wearing a distinctive bright yellow and black knit cap, which may possibly be an Iowa Hawkeyes logo hat.
At approximately 9:40 this morning, Feb. 4, 2014, the male suspect entered FirstBank, located at 4520 Broadway, and demanded money from the tellers. The tellers complied and the suspect fled using the northeast doors of the bank. No one was injured and the suspect did not display or threaten to use a weapon.
Photos taken from FirstBank’s surveillance video are attached. The suspect is described as:
· White male
· In his forties
· 5’8” – 6’0” tall
· Heavy build
· No facial hair
· No accent
· Wearing a light-colored Columbia-brand nylon shell jacket, which had dark blue stripes on the arms
· Also wearing a black and gold knit cap, possibly a logo cap from the Iowa Hawkeyes
· Wearing blue pants (possibly jeans) and dark-colored shoes
The case number is 14-1485.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Kurt Foster at 303-441-4329. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
The vehicle is described as a dark green Ford Ranger truck with gold colored side view mirrors and “spinners” on the hubcaps. The truck was traveling northbound and struck a female crossing the road at that location. She sustained fractures to her lower leg. Pieces of the passenger’s side view mirror were located at the scene.
Anyone who was in the area at that time or has knowledge of the accident is urged to call Sgt. Lauri Wegscheider at 303-441-4047.
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
For the third time in 15 years Boulder Police have repeatedly said Fleet White was not involved in JonBenets murder. Why do they keep bringing up Fleet White then ?? And why now ? Why after reporter Charlie Brennan got the DA to release the Grand Jury findings which say John and Patsy Ramsey did it ?? White was in the house the day of the murder, but why do the police keep going back to him ?? Are they setting a trap?? And for whom? Jon Ramsey ? These are the actions of a trap setter. Why are the police bringing this case back to life by retelling the whole saga of Fleet White and John Ramsey ??
The Saga is in short John Ramsey and Fleet white were best friends. They entertained together. JonBenet was friends with Whites daughter. White was with John Ramsey when he found JonBenets Body. But when John Ramsey and his wife Patsy went to Atlanta and went on CNN to claim their innocence… white and Ramsey had a huge falling out. Some say almost deadly and there were reports of a fight over a handgun on a couch. White became a prime witness for the prosecution but in the meanwhile a California woman came forward and claimed white and his father had abused her. The tabloids and and some attorneys got a hold of the story and it blew up into a tawdry scandal. This case and story was laced with inappropriate sexuality concerning children and the pageant industry.
Fleet White again wants the police to clear his name. Fine. But, Until John Ramsey is arrested and convicted by Boulder Police , DA and Boulder Jury there will be no peace for anyone involved. The Ghost of JonBenet can be heard still to this day, screaming in the Boulder midnight January howling winds ” mommy why did you kill me??” listen carefully at night Boulder, you can hear here little voice.
FROM BOULDER POLICE
To correct past inaccurate statements and speculation appearing in the media, and at the request of Fleet and Priscilla White, the Boulder Police Department releases the following statement:
Since December 26, 1996, the homicide of JonBenet Ramsey has been the subject of widespread news reports and speculation by the media. A great deal of that reporting and speculation targeted innocent community members whose only connection to the crime was as cooperating witnesses. This includes the Fleet White, Jr. family of Boulder who suffered embarrassment and damage to their reputations. The Boulder Police Department recognizes the suffering the Whites have endured as a result of the accusations made against the White family during the course of the investigation.
The Boulder Police Department investigators have always considered the White family to only be witnesses in this case. The Boulder Police Department has never considered the White family to be suspects in the case. In 2000, the police department did investigate allegations made by a California woman to District Attorney Alex Hunter, as reported in the press, that were intended to cast suspicion on the White family. The department found no evidence to support the unfounded allegations. There has never been any evidence to link the White family to the JonBenet Ramsey homicide.
We wish to express our gratitude for the White family’s cooperation and contributions in regard to the investigation of JonBenet’s death.
Mark R. Beckner
Chief of Police
Boulder police have received three complaints from local business owners who say scammers pretending to be Xcel Energy employees have targeted their businesses.
The complainants have shared similar stories with investigators that begin with a phone call claiming that the customer’s utility account is past due and is about to be disconnected within the next few hours. The victims are then told to pay the bill immediately via a wire service like Western Union or a prepaid debit card like MoneyPak. In one case, the phone scammer wanted to meet the potential victim to get the money in person.
The three businesses which were targeted received calls on Jan. 15, Jan. 17, and Jan. 20. In each case, the victims contacted police and Xcel to check that their accounts were in good standing.
So far, no one has fallen for the scheme and Boulder police would like to make sure that area residents and business owners are aware of the scam.
People should be wary of giving personal information like bank account numbers or social security numbers over the phone. It’s also a red flag if telemarketers use high-pressure tactics such as saying “you must pay now or lose your service.”
Anyone who has questions about their Xcel account may contact Xcel’s customer service center at 800-895-4999, or email@example.com.
Anyone who believes they may have been the victim of a phone scam may report it to the Boulder Police Department at 303-441-3333.
Boulder police have arrested the suspect investigators believe is responsible for a string of robberies in the city and in Boulder County. Alishan Yapoujian (DOB 11/23/1988) is in the Boulder County Jail after being arrested on a charge of Aggravated Robbery.
Boulder detectives have been working with other law enforcement agencies during the investigations. On New Year’s Eve, the Colorado State Patrol located the black Chevy Blazer that Boulder police were looking for in connection with a robbery at the Conoco gas station, located at 4742 Table Mesa Drive, and another gas station located in the county, which occurred on Dec. 29, 2013. The vehicle was located in Niwot, CO.
Detectives identified a male they believed was the getaway driver of the Blazer in the Conoco robbery. He was cooperative with police and investigators were able to obtain information about the robbery suspect, Alishan Yapoujian. Police are not identifying the suspected getaway driver at this time.
On Dec. 31, 2013, Boulder police partnered with the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office to execute a search warrant of Yapoujian’s residence, along with a warrant for his arrest, in the 6300 block of Arapahoe.
Police believe Yapoujian is responsible for 10 robberies in the city of Boulder, as well as two other robberies in Boulder County. Those cases are still being investigated. The Boulder Police Department has been working closely with the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, and it’s likely that more charges will be filed against Yapoujian. We also anticipate further arrests in this series of robberies.
Boulder police are grateful for the assistance of the Boulder County District Attorney’s Office, the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, the Colorado State Patrol, the Lafayette Police Department and the Longmont Police Department.
Detective Kurt Foster is the lead investigator in the robbery cases. Anyone with information may contact him at 303-441-4329. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips can also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com. Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
The Boulder Police Department is investigating an Aggravated Robbery which occurred at 10:04 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 30, 2013 at The Boulder Beer & Liquor Emporium. The store is located at 4700 Table Mesa Drive.
Two male employees told police that a Hispanic male entered the store, approached the counter and demanded cash. The lower half of the suspect’s face was covered, possibly with a black bandana. The suspect displayed a handgun tucked into the waistband of his jeans during the robbery. No one was injured.
One of the employees handed over an undisclosed amount of cash to the suspect, who left the store on foot in an unknown direction.
The employees described the suspect as:
- Hispanic male
- Spoke with a Spanish accent
- 5’7” tall
- 135 pounds
- Black hair, brown eyes, “bushy” eyebrows
- Wearing a black hoodie and blue jeans, with hood covering his head. May have been wearing a beanie cap.
The case number is 13-17225.
It was cold and pitiful that night. But the hardcore homeless who dominate Starbucks, Jamba Juice and King Soopers in that neighborhood were either in jail or sleeping under their tarps in the campsites that litter the bike paths nearby. This is a crazy violent out of control neighborhood run by street pirates. Boulder PD is determined to clean it up. After weeks of trouble Police presence is now a constant. They are a welcome site for most Starbuck patrons.
One Patron named Tom who is a 62 year old part time scientist at NOAA across the street from Starbucks was attacked by one of the homeless drunks two nights ago. We were sitting in the Boulder Channel 1 SUV covering this story when we witnessed the whole event. Tom had ridden his bike from NOAA to Starbucks and was on his way in to get a cup of coffee for his bike ride home at around 5:30 pm. He was followed by a big tall homeless man named Charles. Within seconds Charles had Tom pinned against the wall of Starbucks and was screaming at him that he was going to kill him. It was quite shocking. Patrons who were on their way into Starbucks turned around and left. When we asked Tom what that was all about he said , “he had no idea. the man was one of the crazy homeless people who hang around Starbucks.”
The next night we told this story to Doc who is a homeless programmer who works out of Starbucks. Doc knows everyone on the streets and avoids them all because they are either drunk or crazy. ” Charles is seriously crazy” said Doc. “He’s is big and does not feel pain. He gets off on beating people up especially little ole scientist types from NOAA. ” Doc Said.
Doc was an alcoholic who sobered up 4 years ago. He used to be a serious programmer and code slinger making over 100 k a year. Now he sleeps under a bridge. He’s is not crazy from what we could see. He is just disenfranchised. He won’t get food stamps, or housing or any kind of disability. He picks up work here and there from small start ups. Last week he cut himself in the night when he fell near his camp. During the flood in September he nearly drowned when the water came through Arapaho Avenue. But he refused help. He refused help from FEMA, the Red Cross or the county. Doc weighs about 88 lbs but should weigh 160lbs. He is starving to death on the streets of Boulder. What’s weird is that he is a perfectly nice guy and seems normal. He says he just wants a job and a place to live. It is almost like he is too proud to accept public assistance. Doc is one of the few we met on the streets who actually wants a job and is capable of doing high level work.
Most of the street people we have seen around Starbucks are bums; Drunken street alcoholics who are completely lost. One Starbucks manager told us ” we have had it with these people. They have no respect for anything and they drive customers off” Starbucks has started calling the police two and three times a day to have the street people thrown out in an intensive campaign. Police now come in go table to table see who is homeless. They then 86 them with a warning ” if you come back you will be ticketed arrested and jailed. ” This is all new. Last fall we witnessed the police being all nice , sweet and kind to trouble makers. Better late then never.
Last night when we were in Starbucks at 5:30 the place was empty except for 3 homeless men all of whom were very homeless looking and smelling. One of them had brought in a giant two wheeler with a ton of homeless bags on it. Doc was there too. He had a computer but 5 layers of clothes, bags and he looked pretty bad. Meaning, he had dirty long hair, a beard, ski pants and homeless gloves. He just didn’t fit the Starbucks mold.
On Christmas there were 30 or 40 homeless men and women in and out all day and night. They were drinking and fighting inside , out side, with patrons and with police. Boulder Homeless are bad for business. They have nearly ruined a popular Starbucks. The Starbucks in King Soopers across the parking lot is just as bad. It is packed with homeless men and women every day and night. It is just not the kind of Starbucks you would go to.
Lately Doc has been thrown out of all the Starbucks and he has no place to work. But who wants a homeless dirty sucking up the oxygen in a business that likes to turn table every hour.
Bo is a black man. He recently lost his job at NIST and now lives under a camper shell in a storage lot on Arapaho. He comes to Starbucks about 3 times a week to check his email and go online. Bo is a rubber tramp. He has a jeep, gets unemployment, but he’s still homeless. He does not look as rough as Doc so Starbucks does not throw him out.
Chief is an Indian from the Rose Bud reservation in Nebraska. He comes to Boulder to hang out. But he too is homeless. He lives in a mini van that he parks around Boulder at night. But chief is very disturbed. He likes to rape women and often talks about killing people. He is known to Boulder PD but they can’t do anything about him unless someone files a complaint.
Stevie is a black man who got washed out by the flood. He is homeless and crashes where he can. Doc says a lot of these guys are losing their minds and are getting worse. Stevie has been a Boulder bum for years and has a long criminal record to go along with it. It includes robbery, breaking and enter, rape, theft, forgery. He’s a model citizen.
Most of the people on the Boulder streets are white adult males. A few are black, Indian or Mexican. Fewer still are women. All of them are in same kind of Dominate addiction or have severe mental health issues. Only a hand full are homeless for loss of job or the flood.
Ashton was homeless but got it together to get SSI, a room to rent, medical, mental health , food stamps, but he drinks.. a lot. He still lives the homeless drunken lifestyle. A lot of his friends are low bottom drunks, “trailer court trash” Ashton himself is a convicted felon with a long prison jacket. Though he stays out of trouble , he can’t quite shake the old street alcoholic mentality.
Jeanie is 18 and lives in a camp near Starbucks. She and her boyfriend Dan and Dans father and his old lady all live together at Starbucks on 30th. Danny beat Jeannie up last week at Starbucks so he went to jail. Jeannie is trying to get away from Danny but she is addicted to Heroin and Danny pimps her out for dope. Jeannie tried to sell herself to us for a bus ticket back to Arkansas and enough Heroin to get her there. According to Doc Jeannie also has aids and is pregnant. But no one around Starbucks seems to mind or care .
Rick is homeless. He works nights at IBM. During the day he trys to pick up college girls at Starbucks but they are repulsed by Rick. He latches on to them and stalks them and then threatens them. So rick is a scary guy.
Toby is not homeless but he works at King Soopers as a manger. He befriends homeless people especially young homeless girls. He then offers them a place to live for free which happens to be a town house his mother left him 3 blocks away. Toby is a bad alcoholic and often runs the risk of being victimized by the street girls he helps. According to Ashton who lives with Toby says ” they always steal from Toby. Sometimes they will have their boyfriends come over , beat Toby up and rob him. Toby never files a crime report. ”
Two weeks ago Sara got killed in a drunk driving accident on Highway 93 after leaving Starbucks, high on dope. she had just robbed Toby and was on her way out of town. Toby went to her memorial service.
Across Arapaho from Starbucks is a shed where three homeless men got into a fight over this camp. There was a murder and then there was prison. They were all Starbuck homeless regulars.
The patio in front of Starbucks and the outdoor section at Jamba juice is a homeless pirate territory. There are dozens of street addicts there each day planning robberies, dealing dope, knifing each other. It is a very unsafe zone and the public is not invited.
This story was written by Boulder channel 1 staff. Some of the names have been changed to protect the innocent
BOULDER COUNTY-On December 29, 2013 at approximately 7:35 p.m. The Short Stop gas station located at 1595 55th Street in Boulder County was robbed. The station clerk reported a male displayed a gun, which he had in his waistband, and demanded money before leaving the area.
The suspect is described as a Latin male approximately 5’8-5’10 with a “scrawny build”. He wore a gray beanie hat with an orange decal or writing on one side that may have been a Denver Broncos logo or emblem. He had a dark gray jacket with a black inside or liner and blue jeans. The jeans were held on by a black belt and his jeans were sagging quite a bit. He had a tattoo on his abdomen that appeared to be old English writing.
He was driving a dark colored older model 2-door Chevrolet blazer with duct tape on the rear passenger wing window and left driving southbound on 55th Street from Arapahoe Road.
Anyone with information about this robbery is asked to contact Detective Brian Jones at 303-441-1681 and refer to case number 13-6916.
Commander Heidi Prentup
Boulder County Sheriff’s Office