Text message leads to arrest in gun incident

A Fruita man accused of threatening another man with a handgun was tracked down and arrested Sunday after police learned he’d sent a text message to a third party explaining he’d “bout shot a dude in da face.”

Steven Lee Rogers, 38, 104 Peter Drive, Unit 1, was ordered held Monday on $5,000 bond stemming from his arrest Sunday night on suspicion of felony menacing, possession of a weapon by a prior offender, prohibited used of a weapon and driving under restraint.

An arrest affidavit said the alleged victim called police around 8:30 p.m. from the parking lot of Le Master Hotel, 2858 North Ave. The victim said he walked up to the truck and asked the driver what he was doing after the truck circled the parking lot twice. The victim said the driver responded with a racial epithet, then pointed a revolver at him.

“I’ll shoot you (epithet),” the driver said, according to the affidavit.

The driver sped away west on North Avenue.

While the victim was on the phone with a 911 operator, a woman who lives at the hotel received a text message from Rogers, which explained, “(expletive), bout shot a dude in da face,” the affidavit said.

Using the phone number associated with the text message, police located Rogers at his home in Fruita. He denied pointing the handgun, the affidavit said.


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