Police arrest Robert Mark Smith in Kremmling on alleged probation violations
A large police presence was noticed early Thursday morning in Kremmling as police arrested Robert Mark Smith and prepared to conduct a search of his home.
Smith, 70, who made headlines last year after he successfully sued the Kremmling Police Department following a violation of his civil rights when police used excessive force against him in 2015, was taken into custody without incident just before 7 a.m. while he was at Kum & Go in Kremmling, according to officials.
A code red alert from the county was sent out to Kremmling residents early this morning, which gave brief details on the increased police presence in the town but assured there was no public threat.
Police subsequently obtained a warrant to search Smith’s home, located on the corner of Park Avenue and 11th Street. The county’s emergency response team, in addition to the Kremmling Police Department and Grand County Sheriff’s Office, arrived at the scene and staged near Smith’s home.
Lt. Dan Mayer of the sheriff’s office told Sky-Hi News on Thursday morning that the arrest was made after Smith “did not abide by several terms of his probation.”
Smith returned to court in Grand County in October 2017 on a Class-5 charge of felony menacing for an alleged altercation with one of his tenants in July 2016, according Grand County District Court records.
The tenant told police that Smith began knocking on his door, and was visibly agitated when he answered. He told police that after a brief verbal altercation, Smith picked up the piece of wood and began to threaten him, according to the affidavit. The tenant alleged Smith said he would kill him, and again threatened to shoot him as he drove away.
There was no physical altercation during the incident.
Smith submitted an Alford plea in the case, pleading no contest to a lesser charge of third-degree assault. Smith had a 15-month deferred judgment, during which time he was to complete 100 hours of community service, along with a mental health evaluation and anger management.
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