Cop blotter: Redstone shooting spree
December 14, 2007
REDSTONE ” A Redstone man was arrested Tuesday night after he allegedly shot up his house and neighborhood with a handgun.
Robert Shields, 24, allegedly began firing his gun through windows and doors around 11 p.m., while his roommates were in the house.
He was arrested on misdemeanor charges of use of a weapon while drunk, reckless endangerment and negligent discharge of a weapon. He faces up to two and a half years in jail and a $2,750 fine.
“The three roommates were very frightened,” said Deputy District Attorney Gail Nichols, during the Pitkin County Court advisement Wednesday. “They reported to the officer that went in the morning that the defendant had been fired [from his job], and they didn’t want him in the house.”
Judge Erin Fernandez-Ely entered a protection order against Shields, who is originally from Missouri. The order prohibits Shields from speaking with or contacting any of his former roommates.
“Safety is an issue in this case,” said Fernandez-Ely, “especially for your three roommates.”
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Shields is being held on an $800 bond until his arraignment on Dec. 18 at 11 a.m.
Aspen police officer Jeff Fain was on routine patrol on Main Street when he allegedly saw an Audi turn without stopping at a stop sign.
Fain pulled over Ruth Kruger, 56, and reportedly noticed a strong odor of alcohol. Fain asked her if she would perform voluntary sobriety test, which she allegedly agreed to.
When she could not complete the test, Fain arrested her for DUI, excessive alcohol content and failure to stop at a stop sign.
Officer Chris Womack responded to Wagner Park for a report of someone sleeping in the bathroom. When he arrived, he allegedly saw a man, Charles Flannell, 53, lying on the floor in the handicap area.
Flannell has been arrested in the last few months for numerous municipal offenses, according to police. Womack arrested Flannell for prohibited sleeping.
Officer Jeff Fain responded to the Hotel Jerome for a report of a man refusing to leave the hotel. When Fain arrived, he talked to a hotel security guard who said he had asked Kip Strobel, 50, to leave on numerous occasions, but he kept coming back, according to a police report.
Strobel claimed to be a guest of someone staying at the Jerome by the name of “Richie Clark,” according to the police report. The security guard verified that there was no one by the name of Richie Clark staying at the hotel.
Fain arrested Strobel and took him to the Pitkin County Jail on trespassing charges.