‘Paranoid’ man punches officer | AspenTimes.com

‘Paranoid’ man punches officer

Naomi Havlen
Aspen Times Staff Writer

An Aspen man allegedly punched a police officer and flung himself through a window in the Pitkin County Courthouse early Sunday morning, and faces three felony charges as a result.

Christopher Parton, 28, is charged with second- and third-degree assault on a police officer and use of a controlled substance after being found in the courthouse, where the sheriff’s and police offices are located, demanding to speak to a detective.

During the incident Parton allegedly told police that he had taken cocaine.

According to the arrest warrant, Parton told two officers that he thought his friend was in danger. Police wrote that Parton “appeared paranoid,” especially after he said he thought the police were going to hurt him. When Parton asked for identification from the officers, they pointed out that they were both in uniform.

Police stated Parton was agitated and tried to shut the door of the office where he was standing. When officers grabbed Parton and removed him from the office, Parton began to “violently resist arrest” by yelling and trying to get away from police.

According to the arrest affidavit, police struck Parton on the thigh and sprayed pepper spray in his face, but he was unaffected by the attempts to stop him. While trying to run away, Parton allegedly punched one of the officers in the mouth.

The affidavit states Parton then ran toward the north door of the courthouse basement, leaped into the air and crashed through the door’s wire-reinforced window. Police immediately called an ambulance as Parton’s face was bleeding profusely, the affidavit says.

He was ordered to stay on the ground and get on his stomach, but the affidavit states Parton was slippery because of the blood, and police could not control him. One of the officers used a Taser when Parton started to get to his feet, the affidavit said, firing it a total of three times in order to handcuff the suspect.

Parton was transported to Aspen Valley Hospital at 5:36 a.m., where he was treated and taken to the Pitkin County Jail. On Monday morning he appeared before Judge James Boyd to be advised of possible charges against him. His bond in the Pitkin County Jail was set at $8,500.

[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com]