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After several leads, Boulder Police were able to locate a suspect they believe was involved in Monday’s, Sept. 28th robbery at Chase Bank, 3325 18th Street. At that time, he placed a duffel bag on the counter claiming there was a bomb inside and demanded money.
Robert Reed ( Rob or Robbie to his friends) is a long time Boulder resident. He has had a long history of drug addiction. alcoholism and mental illness. He has been in and out of Jail here in Boulder . Everytime he drank or got high he got in trouble. He is well known to Boulder police and to Boulder County mental health. Everyone tried to help him. When sober he is a happy go lucky guy. But when he drinks or does drugs, the worst comes out in him. Off drugs and alcohol he could manage his life with help. But now he has robbed a bank. Was it a cry for help ?? Knowing Robbie they way we do… probably so. Either ,that or he was in a drug induced blackout . We are sure Rob is glad that he got caught and stopped. He needs help. He needed to be stopped before he hurt someone. He is the classic case and reason why we need more alcohol drug treatment in Boulder. Certainly he will get it in Boulder country Jail which doubles as a mental hospital. Will he get it in the Federal Penitentiary where he is headed??
The suspect is identified as Robert John Reed, DOB 05/23/1969. He was found inside the residence of an acquaintance in the 3000 block of 29th Street, at approximately 3:00 a.m. this morning, hiding inside a closet. He offered slight resistance, but eventually complied and was taken into custody. Reed was booked into the Boulder County Jail on three active felony warrants, Aggravated Robbery, failing to register as a Sex Offender and Obstructing a Peace Officer. His mug shot is attached.
The case number is 15-12530.
The Boulder Police Department would like to take this opportunity thank those individuals who called in with information on this case. This type of community partnership is imperative in helping us solve crimes.
Police are asking anyone who may have additional information on this case to call 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 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.
Forgys mother was in shock over the announcement and disappointed. Garnett did reveal that an assault team of 4 officers entered the apartment complex where Forgy was standing naked on a balcony , screaming, high on acid holding a hammer. The officer had shields and enough power to overwhelm Forgy but decided instead to shoot him dead.
A high level police official told Boulder Channel 1 News “that the officer was new, inexperienced and he panicked.”
A prominent Boulder Criminal defense lawyer to us, that ” it is typical for the DA to back the police officers in his jurisdiction. He has to work with them. He has to give them the benefit of the doubt. He hopes no one will call him out on it. If he charged the officers , his career as DA and his political career would be over. This was a political decision not a moral one ”
A local police chief told us; ” police commit a lot of bad shootings. This is one and it should not be swept under the rug… but it has been.”
Another lawyer told us…. “This is a classic wrongful death case “… The family could sue the city of Boulder, the county, the police officers and the DA. This is a high dollar case too. In the millions of dollars. The attorneys will sue in civil court and the truth about what happened that night will come out. The lawyers will put the officers and the DA on the stand. It won’t be pretty. I would say the city will have to settle this for 5 to 15 million dollars before it goes to court.” The city and county do not want a case like this in court.”
Boulder Channel 1 news has learned “that a team of high profile attorneys and investigators have been working on this case at the behest of the family since the day after the shooting.”
Over the last several months, the Boulder Police Department has taken approximately 20 burglary reports from victims who describe similar circumstances and suspect descriptions. These burglaries are particularly concerning because the suspect targets homes when the residents are present and often times awake. Most of the burglaries have occurred west of Broadway. A few of the similarities are:
· Jewelry and cash are stolen and sometimes a pillowcase is used to remove the items.
· The suspect often cuts screens on open windows to get inside. He uses ladders found at the homes to climb onto roofs and balconies. He also leaps off of houses to escape when he is confronted by the victims.
· Most burglaries have occurred from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.; however a few have happened earlier.
The suspect is described as a white man in his early 20’s, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches tall, 160 to 180 pounds, with dark hair and could be unshaven. Composite sketches are attached.
He may be driving a beige or tan older model SUV.
Police are asking anyone who may have information on these cases to please contact Detective Kara Wills at 303-441-3482. 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 have recently put out a media alert warning people that bike thefts are on the rise. They are encouraging bike owners to lock their bikes with a properly installed U-lock. Police say the crimes are widespread and suspects are not targeting any specific areas in the city. The media alert also encourages bike owners to register their bikes at the Boulder Police Department or various bicycle shops around the Downtown Boulder area.
#Boulder Armed Car Jacking On April 21, 2015, at approximately 4:45 PM, Boulder P.D. officers were called to a reported armed carjacking that occurred in a parking lot just north of Canyon Blvd., east of 21st Street. The 19 y/o victim advised that two white males and two black males lured him into their vehicle. During this time, one of the black males began rifling through the victim’s car. When the victim attempted to get out of the suspects’ car, three of the suspects brandished semi-automatic handguns. The suspects used plastic ties to bind the victim’s hands. The victim was able to escape from the vehicle, and ran west on Canyon. He returned several minutes later to find his vehicle was stolen. The victim sustained minor injuries.
The suspects are described as follows:
Suspect #1: W/M, approximately 40 yoa , black/ gray hair, stubble beard. Wearing a white hooded sweatshirt.
Suspect #2: W/M, short, black hair. Had tattoo of cursive “D” on left side of face with other unknown cursive letters. Suspect was wearing a white hooded sweatshirt. Suspect was armed with a black semi-automatic handgun.
Suspect #3: B/M, goes by “Pat” or “Mike,” approx. 25 yoa. 6’1”, 220 lbs, with “thin” shoulder length dreadlocks. Armed with silver semi-automatic handgun.
Suspect #4: B/M, approx. 25 yoa, 5’10, 150 lbs. Armed with black semi-automatic handgun.
The stolen vehicle is a pearl colored 2010 Subaru Impreza, model WRX Premium addition (see photo of similar vehicle) with Utah license plates B158ZE. The suspect vehicle is described as an approximately 2011, blue Nissan Armada (see attached photo of similar vehicle) with unknown license plates.
Police are asking anyone who may have information regarding this crime to call Det. Chuck Heidel at 303-441-3339, or Boulder P.D. dispatch at 303-441-3333. 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.
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Boulder Police believe John and Patsy Ramsey killed their daughter Christmas night 1996. In a fit of rage, Patsy Ramsey who had just returned from a party, grabbed her daughter and smashed her head against the bath tub. The child had wet her bed. But she was killed instantly. Throughout the night Patsy and her husband John created an elaborate scenario right out of the movies of how a group of Arabs had come into their home , left a ransom note, strangled and raped their daughter and left her body in the basement.
As soon as the first cop and detective arrived on the scene, they saw through the story. By nightfall the Ramseys were on their private jet to Atlanta. Surrounded by a team of lawyers and PR people they went into hiding and on CNN to proclaim their innocence. They created a media frenzy the like of which Boulder nor America had ever seen. There was no way these rich freak were going to be charged with their daughters murder. First of all it would upset their social setting. Secondly it would ruin their image as a family of beauty queen socialites. Murder does not have a place there.
Burke Ramsey who was 9 years old at the time was whisked away. He has never been heard from since. Police believe he witnessed the murder and was told by Patsy and John that if he planned on living he better shut up for the rest of his life. Then district attorney Alex Hunter believe that to this day. The hope is now that Burke Ramsey has come of age (27) he will come forward and tell what he knows.
That’s not likely. But current Boulder DA Stan Garnet could arrest John Ramsey for the murder of is daughter and he could arrest Burke Ramsey too. That is not completely out of the question, but there is this legal issue ” beyond reasonable doubt”
Garnet gave the case back to Boulder Police department who reopened it. It is not a cold case.
One celebrated Boulder criminal defense attorney Skip Wollrab told us now that Burke Ramsey is of age”he could be subpoenaed to appear before a Grand jury to tell about what he knew , saw and heard the night of the murder. Just the facts. Some of it might be privileged” but this would give Burke a chance to tell his story. Attorney Wollrab told Boulder Channel 1 the “DA has got to be able to prove his case to a jury of 12 unanimously beyond a reasonable doubt. Knowing they did it is one thing , proving they did it is something else” he said.
There was also some level of semen found in Jonbenets body and police have not revealed whether they think it is Burkes. At one point Burke Ramsey was himself a suspect and police theorized that he might have killed his sister out of Jealousy.
The question is will the DA move this case forward this Christmas.
Police arrested two protestors this afternoon during a planned march in Boulder.
The first protester was arrested after a motorist complained to police that the protestor spit on the motorist’s car. The protestor did not have any identification on him and gave the police officer his name and date of birth. The initial clearance indicated he was wanted on several warrants.
An officer arrested the protestor in the 2700 block of Pearl St. and attempted to transport him to the Boulder County Jail, but was surrounded by dozens of people involved in the planned march who blocked the officer from leaving the area.
At this time, another protestor, Joseph Virgil Harris Tolbert (DOB 11/23/1983), became combative with police and refused to cooperate with orders to clear the area around the police car which had been surrounded. Tolbert sat on the hood of the patrol car, preventing the police officer from leaving the area to go to the Boulder County Jail.
Tolbert fought with several officers as he was being arrested and continued to be combative in his efforts to resist being taken into custody. Tolbert was transported to the Boulder County Jail and faces charges of Resisting Arrest and Obstructing a Peace Officer.
Police have released the first protestor who had been arrested on the warrants. There was a miscommunication regarding his social security number and the warrants do not apply to him. He was cooperative during the investigation.
Tolbert has been released from jail on a personal recognizance bond.
The case number is 14-15862. No further information is available and nothing further will be released this weekend.
If you look hip hop and all gangster, all eyes will be on you where ever you go.
If you are Asian, you are less suspect. Try to look like a nerd . If you are middle eastern try to look as American as you can. Many of you are rich, hang together, don’t drink and are fashionable. That goes a long way here. Goes without saying don’t wear hodgie clothes not matter if some white people do. They’re stupid and they don’t understand the implications… but the police do and Afgan and Iraqi war veterans who you will be going to school with don’t think hodgie clothes are cool. It makes them nervous and you suspect.
Most Strict sharia Muslims were thrown out of Boulder after 911. They FBI came to CU and revoked everyone’s passports. So don’t go grocery shopping at 1:00 am with your wife following behind you in a Birka. Dropped the Birka and any of that child or woman repressive civil rights stuff while you are in Boulder.
In all my years with my involvement with Police and law enforcement one thought comes to mind. They do have the power, training, wherewithal and the guns to kill you at the drop of a hat. Like an explosive offensive lineman in football cops are like wild beasts ready to strike without warning. So you have to be mindful of that. You are not dealing with an ordinary person. You are always dealing with someone who can knock you to the ground, handcuff you and take away your freedom or your life. They are a gang of trained killers who live in a closed society. They are the military except on American soil. Our Military only operates on foreign soil where the host country fears for their lives. Cops are color blind. They only see blue. They are a brotherhood of men and women who rule the streets. They have rules of engagement which are less strict than our US Marine Corps.
That means if you frighten them them they can and will shoot to kill you. They do not have much of an in between.
So I always approach cops with this in mind. I am not stupid. I don’t ever do things to antagonize them. I never fight with them or argue with then.
They have the gun on their holster. They have the badge of authority and the entire police department, district attorneys office and local government behind them.
Cops are the wrong people to fuck with always. Many of them are stressed and overworked. They spend much of the day dealing with scumbag wife beaters, child abusers, drug addicts and alcoholics, thieves etc.
So when they run up on you in a traffic stop just know you have a wilkd lion coming up to your car and you don’t want to piss him or her off.
What to do in a traffic stop.
1. Pull over to the right immediately and stop.
2. Don’t get out of the car.
3. Put your hands up on the steering wheel and keep them there.
4. If it is night , turn your overhead light on so the officer can see your hands.
5. Don’t go fishing around for your license or registration in the glove box.
6. Sit still and wait for the cop to come to your window and wait for instructions.
7. Cops get nervous when you go to the glove box or start fishing around. They worry that you might have a gun or someone in the car has a gun .
8. Be polite. Yes sir no sir goes a long way. Don’t argue with him.
9 I have found that being polite to a police officer always helps….. If I have done something wrong in the vehicle I just admit it or say i didn’t realize and apologize. That approach will get you less point on a ticket or a warning. I almost never get stopped and when I do it is usually with a warning.
10. I am serious. I could have driven over the guys mother and he’ll give me a warning. Why. because I pose no threat.
12. Now of course I am white, middle aged and look like Rush Limbaugh so that helps… a lot. I am usually well dressed and well spoken. I don’t give off attitude.
13 I have no idea what to say to those of you who are black, Latino, or wear gangster clothes. I would take my hat off and do your best Eddie Murphy impression.
14. when I was a long haired hippie and on drugs and wearing weird clothes… believe it or not I was the guy who was cool calm and collected around cops. I was often the spokesperson. ” Yes sir. No problem here sir. thank you sir . no sir yes sir. did you want to fuck one of the girls sir cause that one there thinks your cute.” I mean , I will do anything to keep the heat off and make sure the cops are feeling non threatened. I just try to be nice to them. Cause nobody else has been all day and they appreciate it.. And that means they will go find somebody else to eat.
15. If you have somebody with you who is being agro toward the cops, you tell that person to “shut the fuck up” in no uncertain terms. You tell the cop .. “You will have no problem with us sir, I am sorry for my disrespectful friend he was smoking crack before you so caringly stopped us ” and then you make sure a friend sits on that guy or girl.
16. Now you people of color, try to dress as white as you can. And talk as white as you can. Wear Kakis and a blue oxford shirt and a red and blue stripped tie. Talk about how you love the police and hope to be a police officer next year. Smile like Chris Rock and mention church.
sorry that is how it goes. This is a white mans world. White businessmen do rule…Next come our white women and our white children. If you are rich like me and live in a rich white city like Boulder you get treated like a Lord by the cops. Then again I don’t fuck up. I am not out dealing drugs, shooting people, robbing, stealing rapping or walking the streets. I am scared shitless. But I get more points than you.
If you are black, Latino or homeless you will always be stopped by the cops in rich white Boulder or any affluent white neighborhood in America.
So how you carry yourself, what you wear and how you speak in the presence of law enforcement officers will make the difference of whether you live or die tonight.
Jann Scott has covered the police for over 20 years
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Heginger faces charges of Sexual Assault, First Degree Burglary and Theft.
The female victim told police that she was home asleep in her bed when she awoke to an unknown male touching her inappropriately. She confronted the male, and the male left the residence.
The incident occurred sometime between the hours of 2:30 a.m. and 4:30 a.m.
Several items were missing from the victim’s apartment, including a roommate’s laptop and cash. Police were able to locate the laptop in Lakewood, CO and on Friday, April 25, 2014 they executed a search warrant in the 12100 block of W. Nevada Dr. in Lakewood, CO, the residence of Brandon Heginger.
Detectives interviewed Heginger, who admitted that after a night of partying with friends, he randomly chose the victim’s home, broke into it and sexually assaulted her.
The case number is 14-4528.
Heginger was taken to the Boulder County Jail. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-1890. 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. 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.
Source: City of Boulder
The victim is Zachary Meints. He told investigators that he was attacked and stabbed by an unknown male when Meints was walking in the area. He said his attacker thrust a folding knife into his abdomen. Meints drove himself to a local emergency room for treatment. The wound does not appear to be serious.
Meints shared that he had been stabbed in Lafayette recently.
Meints said he tried to spray the suspect with pepper spray, but feels he missed. The attacker fled toward to the east and police have been working to locate him.
The suspect is described as:
Wearing a black and white bandana over his face and a long-sleeve black shirt
5’10” tall, 175 pounds (medium build)
Source: City of Boulder