Report: Granby woman charged for brandishing handgun during argument over loud music
A Granby woman was arrested after she allegedly pointed a loaded handgun at two men in the parking lot of a Winter Park motel.
Around 6 p.m. June 25, Fraser Winter Park Police responded to a call about a woman pointing a firearm at two men in the motel’s parking lot. According to the arrest affidavit, the motel owners told police which room the woman was in and officers found Shirley Siebenthal, 46, in the room.
Though the affidavit said Siebenthal confronted the two men over loud music, Siebenthal told Sky-Hi News over the phone that she actually took issue with the exhaust fumes from their running van making her sick.
According to the affidavit, Siebenthal admitted she pointed her Ruger SP101 at the two men during the argument. She also allegedly admitted to knocking off the hood ornament on their van.
Over the phone, Siebenthal said she asked the men to turn off their van, leave the lot or pay to be there several times before she got her firearm.
The affidavit says the handgun was loaded, but remained in its holster when Siebenthal brandished the firearm. The report estimates damage to the van at $100.
Siebenthal also disputes the amount of damage she caused and noted she tried to give the hood ornament back to the men after it came off in her hand.
When police entered Siebenthal’s room to take her handgun, the affidavit says, the officer found marijuana paraphernalia and open bottles of alcohol. Siebenthal allegedly told police she smoked marijuana and drank wine about 20 minutes before to the incident.
According to the affidavit, Siebenthal’s breathalyzer test showed a blood-alcohol content of .026.
Siebenthal was charged with felony menacing, prohibited use of weapons and criminal mischief.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to correct Shirley Siebenthal’s age and to include statements from her.
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