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Barking and biting man thrown in jail

John Colson

A man was arrested last weekend after his “barking” disturbed neighbors and he allegedly attempted to bite a cop, among other things.

Andrew Michael Shaw, 29, is in jail on charges of assaulting a police officer and resisting arrest, as well as charges that he beat up his girlfriend last weekend.

Police Officer Sandy Brownlee was called to the Holiday House lodge about 1 a.m. Sunday. She allegedly saw Shaw struggling with his girlfriend, Cara Graham, 23, and throw her against a wall.

Brownlee grabbed Shaw and threw him to the ground, according to police statements, handcuffing his wrists and binding his ankles with nylon shackles. In the meantime, other cops arrived and tried to calm Graham, who reportedly had been thrown down a set of stairs during the fight and became hysterical, threatening the police officers.

Officer Rob Fabrocini, came to the aid of Officer Brownlee, who reportedly had been kicked in the left arm. At that point, according to Fabrocini, Shaw lunged at Brownlee’s leg in an attempt to bite her.

According to the report, Shaw then attempted to bite Fabrocini, who wrestled him to the ground. Three other officers then stepped in, picked Shaw up, and carried him to the back of a squad car.

The incident began, said witnesses, when Shaw and Graham arrived at the Holiday House with three others – James Herlong, Sian Owen and Lilias Roebuck.

Shaw started to “bark like a dog,” the witnesses reported, and was joined for a while by Herlong. But Herlong soon stopped and suggested more than once that Shaw stop and go to his room.

Shaw reportedly then grabbed Herlong by the shirt and started slapping him, ultimately ripping Herlong’s shirt off before Roebuck tried to break them apart. Shaw then reportedly shoved Roebuck, drawing Graham into the battle, which is when she was thrown down the stairs.

Herlong and Shaw then got into a struggle, and they both fell down the stairs as well, according to documents on file with the court.

At that point, Roebuck called police to ask for an ambulance, and the police showed up as Shaw started “to act crazy again,” according to the police.

Graham was charged with disorderly conduct.

According to authorities, Shaw is originally from the San Francisco Bay area, but had worked for the Aspen Skiing Co. last ski season.


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