City Councilor elect restrained from own home; to post bond

Rick Brainard

Grand Junction City Councilor Elect Rick Brainard isn’t allowed at his own home under a temporary restraining order issued this afternoon.

County Court Judge Gretchen Larsen today said Brainard, 51, who was elected last Tuesday to the City Council’s at-large seat, is prohibited from contacting his girlfriend, the alleged victim in Brainard’s domestic violence arrest Saturday. The order includes her current residence, which is Brainard’s home at 2207 Avenal Court in the Redlands.

Larsen authorized Brainard to return home once to gather some personal items, but only accompanied by a Mesa County Sheriff’s deputy.

Brainard is expected this afternoon to sign out of the Mesa County Jail after Larsen set bond at $1,000, personal recognizance.

Brainard, who appeared in Larsen’s courtroom via video, said little during his brief appearance, outfitted in a yellow jump suit in the jail. Brainard’s alleged victim — her left eye blackened — attended Monday’s hearing but declined to address the judge. Brainard was represented by local attorney Stephen Laiche, who said his client is declining comment.

“Very good, thank you,” Brainard told Larsen at the end of Monday’s hearing.

Brainard’s girlfriend, who told officers she had been living with him eight months, said she and Brainard had been arguing since Tuesday and he’d “left town” and didn’t return home until late Friday evening, according to an arrest affidavit. The argument was rooted in a call or a text he’d received from a past girlfriend.

She told officers she was pushed into a dresser several times, and her hair was pulled and her face was grabbed, the affidavit said.  The woman said she referred to Brainard with a vulgarity, which she said prompted him to hit her in the face with an open hand. She reported bruising and swelling on her face.

Brainard was arrested and booked at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of third-degree assault and harassment just after 6 a.m. Saturday after being interviewed by police.

His case is scheduled to return on May 6.

The Sentinel has left messages with Brainard seeking comment.

Read more in Tuesday’s Daily Sentinel.


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