Police arrest man for pulling gun in El Jebel
December 1, 2007
EL JEBEL ” A man who allegedly poked a handgun into the chest of his brother-in-law outside of the El Jebel City Market on Nov. 24 surrendered to authorities Friday.
Salvador Landa, 35, of Carbondale, turned himself in at Pitkin County Jail, according to Basalt Sgt. Stewart Curry. Landa was charged with felony menacing, a felony. He will be transferred to Eagle County Jail within the next few days and cannot bond out before appearing before a judge, Curry said.
Landa was walking into the grocery store at about 6:30 p.m. last Saturday when he met his brother-in-law exiting. They met in the foyer, then stepped outside the front entrance. Landa allegedly pointed the handgun at the other man’s chest. “He tells him in Spanish he’s going to kill him,” Curry said.
The victim’s wife witnessed the commotion from her vehicle and rushed to defuse the situation. The victim went inside the supermarket and called 911. Landa fled in a Jeep, which Curry found a short time later in front of a trailer at the Pan and Fork Mobile Home Park in Basalt. Landa wasn’t found at the residence, but while searching for him this week, Curry was given the suspect’s cell phone number.
Curry said he called Landa and left a message stating that he had a warrant for his arrest. After turning himself in Friday, Landa told Curry he got the message.
Curry said an employee of City Market who was collecting grocery carts witnessed the incident, as did a man using the pay telephone. The officer didn’t believe any bystanders were in danger, but the victim could have been harmed with the intervention of his wife.
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“I think there was a real threat there,” Curry. “I think [Landa] was really angry.”
The bad blood between the brother-in-laws apparently stemmed from friction in their past, Curry said.
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