Gun found near game leads to charges
October 28, 2002
A man who allegedly brought a gun onto school district property last weekend and left it unattended near a youth football game was arrested Friday.
Snowmass Village resident Angus Adams Anderson Jr., also known as Herman Anderson, 46, is charged with unlawful carrying of a weapon on school grounds, a felony, and reckless endangerment, a misdemeanor. He was arrested around 5:30 p.m. and was out of the Pitkin County Jail shortly thereafter after posting $5,000 in bail.
According to an arrest warrant, a woman called police on Sunday, Oct. 20, to report having found a gun inside a backpack next to the Aspen School District’s bus barn on Maroon Creek Road.
Police found the backpack in a ditch near the vehicle entrance to the track and football field. The ditch is approximately 40 feet from the field, and there are no barriers to the area.
The stock of the gun was sticking out of the backpack’s side in plain view, according to the warrant.
A youth football game was being played by 8- and 9-year-olds about 40 feet away, with “a lot of young children running around all over the area without close adult supervision,” the warrant reads.
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“The children, and anyone else, had easy access to the backpack and long gun.”
Police said the gun was a rifle with a scope. It slid easily out of its case, according to investigators, and while there were no rounds in the chamber, three bullets were in the gun’s magazine.
“In the rifle’s present state all someone had to do to load a round into the chamber was to close the bolt action,” the warrant reads.
Police placed the rifle in a patrol car, and about 20 minutes later, a pickup truck pulled up to the scene. A man who identified himself as Angus Adams Anderson Jr. got out of the truck and allegedly told officers the backpack was his. According to the warrant, he told police he had been out hunting over the weekend. He allegedly said he had left the backpack unattended next to the football field while he went to go get his pickup truck.
When asked if he knew it is a felony to have a gun on school property, Anderson’s “indignant reply was to ask where school property started,” the warrant states.
Police took the rifle as evidence, and Anderson left the scene to watch his child playing in the nearby football game. School officials could not be reached for comment about the incident Sunday evening.
According to Colorado law, reckless endangerment is caused by someone who “engages in conduct which creates substantial risk of serious bodily injury to another person.” Anderson was apparently arrested without incident Friday.
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