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Bond increased to $500,000 in Carbondale menacing case

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Aspen, CO Colorado

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Bond has been increased to $500,000 for a 42-year-old man arrested Monday after he allegedly broke into a Carbondale home brandishing a handgun Sunday night and threatened to kill several people inside, including an ex-girlfriend.

James Patrick Hageland was taken into custody early Monday morning after a several-hour standoff with police, who finally talked him out of the house.

According to police reports, after allowing five people who were in the house at the time the incident began late Sunday night to leave unharmed, a woman, apparently the former girlfriend, was able to escape on her own when officers arrived.

Hageland remained inside, still in possession of the gun, before surrendering. He was later arrested and faces several felony charges, including first-degree burglary, trespassing and menacing. He was being held in the Garfield County Jail on $17,250 bond.

However, the primary victim in the case, along with other witnesses, testified during Hageland’s advisement hearing before Garfield County Court Judge Paul Metzger on Tuesday afternoon. Hageland is a serious threat, they told the judge, and asked that his bond be raised.

Metzger agreed and increased the bond amount to $500,000. Hageland remained in custody Wednesday.

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According to Carbondale police reports, officers were called to the residence in the Cleveland Place subdivision on Eighth Street around 10 p.m. Sunday on a report of a disturbance.

Hageland allegedly had entered the house brandishing a handgun and pointed it at several people sitting in the living room watching television and threatened to kill them.

After allowing some of the occupants to leave the house, Hageland allegedly held the gun to his ex-girlfriend’s head. She was able to escape when police officers arrived, running out the back door and to a neighbor’s house, according to reports.

Hageland retreated upstairs and reportedly allowed two other occupants in the house to leave, before holing up.

Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling called in backup from the Glenwood Springs Police Department, as well as the Garfield and Eagle County sheriff’s offices. A police negotiator was eventually able to talk him into surrendering, according to reports.

Hageland is due back in court on Dec. 22.

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