Police: Woman pulls gun on drunken intruder

A Pear Park woman said she confronted a drunken burglar at gunpoint after the suspect broke into her home while she was showering, according to an arrest affidavit.

Tyler Patrick Sims, 18, appeared intoxicated to Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies and was “unable to walk without assistance” when deputies arrived at a home in the 400 block of Fruitwood Drive about 6:20 p.m. Friday, the affidavit said.

A woman at the home said she was showering when she heard her dog barking. She said she walked downstairs and saw Sims standing in her den, according to the affidavit.

She yelled at him to leave, retrieved a handgun and threatened to shoot if he didn’t leave. He swore at her as she tried to kick him during the encounter, during which she said he twice advanced toward her.

A pair of neighbors ran to the home when they saw Sims in the doorway and heard a woman screaming, “Get out,” the affidavit said.

The neighbors held him on the ground waiting for deputies to arrive.

Multiple witnesses said they saw a man climb the backyard fence of the woman’s property, before hearing screams a short time later, according to the affidavit.

A relative told deputies Sims had broken up with his girlfriend earlier that day, and they had been looking for him over several hours.

Sims was booked at Mesa County Jail on suspicion of first-degree burglary, menacing and underage consumption of alcohol.


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