Fraser man faces felony charges after allegedly holding woman at gunpoint
A Fraser man is facing a series of charges related to an incident Saturday when he allegedly held his girlfriend at gunpoint, according to police.
Matthew Denman, 34, of Fraser is facing multiple charges including felony menacing, criminal mischief, obstructing communications and domestic violence following his arrest on Saturday afternoon.
At about 1 p.m. Aug. 18, officers from the Fraser-Winter Park Police Department were dispatched to the Fox Run Apartments on Grand County Road 8, on the northwestern edge of Fraser, for a report of a female being held at gunpoint by her boyfriend, according to police.
An individual who called 911 told dispatchers that the female was “hiding in a closet in an upstairs bedroom after she had been assaulted by the boyfriend, who then threatened to shoot her and then himself,” according to officials. The caller reported that the male suspect “had made threats that he was going to shoot law enforcement officers who responded to the scene,” officials said.
Officers determined after arriving at the scene that the male subject was no longer in the residence. They made contact with the female victim who reported that she and her boyfriend had gotten into an argument which resulted in a physical altercation after he began breaking things inside of the apartment. Police said the suspect in the incident reportedly grabbed a rifle, loaded it and then threatened to shoot both her and himself, as well as responding law enforcement officers.
The woman involved in the incident was able to get the firearm away from the suspect, at which time he left the residence, according to police. The firearm allegedly used in the incident was taken as evidence along with some ammunition located inside the residence. Authorities located Denman a short distance from the residence and took him into custody. He was transported to the Grand County Jail.
The Granby Police Department, Grand County Sheriff’s Office and Grand County EMS also responded to the scene.
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Fifth Judicial District Attorney Heidi McCollum confirmed Monday, Oct. 18, that her office filed a single charge of felony menacing against the district’s Chief Judge Mark Thompson on Saturday, Oct. 16.