Warrant issued for suspect in Aspen church vandalism | AspenTimes.com

Warrant issued for suspect in Aspen church vandalism

Daniel Caulder

ASPEN – A municipal court judge on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for area transient accused of trashing a bathroom at an Aspen church.

Thirty-four-year-old Daniel Elijah Caulder’s failure to appear in court to answer one charge of injury to public/private property prompted Judge Brooke Peterson to issue the warrant, which comes with a $250 cash bond.

Caulder inflicted an estimated $500 in damages to the bathroom at Aspen Community Church, located on East Bleeker Street, where police found him in the late evening hours of March 18.

At least five police officers reported to the church after a call came in that Caulder was lying on floor of the bathroom, which had damage to its exhaust fan cover, a light fixture above the sink and a framed picture. Also, one of the toilets had been pulled from its base, and Caulder apparently had tried to flood the bathroom by placing paper towels in the sink drain and water was “all over the floor,” wrote Officer Jeff Fain. Police also found an empty vodka bottle in one of the stalls.

Police reported that when they arrested Caulder he was “howling like a wolf” and talking in a “devil’s voice.” When cuffed, he allegedly said “these can’t hold me,” while flexing his arms and clenching his fists, police said.

Caulder appeared to be intoxicated, based on watery and bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath, police said. Caulder was held at the Pitkin County Jail on no bond until he sobered up, and then was released.

Caulder received a one-year deferred judgment on March 2 for previous misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing convictions. City special counsel Jim True said in court Wednesday that he plans to file a motion to revoke the deferred judgment because of Caulder’s March 18 arrest.


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