Felony charges for man after toy-gun ‘prank’
Suspect accused of menacing cop, who says man nearly got himself shot
Prosecutors on Tuesday filed two felony charges against a man who allegedly pulled a toy gun on a police officer in an incident characterized by District Attorney Pete Hautzinger as a case of “felony stupid.”
Appearing without an attorney before District Judge Brian Flynn, 29-year-old Patricio Preciado was formally charged with separate counts of attempted aggravated robbery and felony menacing. A conviction on the attempted robbery charge would carry a mandatory-minimum prison sentence of five years, Deputy District Attorney Bo Zeerip said.
Preciado is free on bond after his arrest in the predawn hours of Nov. 1, when he allegedly pointed a toy handgun in the face of Grand Junction officer Cody Kennedy and demanded money in the 500 block of Main Street.
A public defender who spoke on Preciado’s behalf on Nov. 1 described the incident as a “Halloween prank,”
Kennedy wrote in an arrest affidavit he nearly shot Preciado, who told the officer he was “just kidding.”
Preciado told the judge he plans to apply for counsel from the Colorado Public Defender’s Office.
Also Tuesday at the Mesa County Justice Center:
■ Christopher Jompp, a 34-year-old parolee, was formally charged with second-degree assault in connection with the beating of 58-year-old John Hage. Hage, who was beaten unconscious and left in the roadway at North Fifth Street near Chipeta Avenue on Oct. 29, is not expected survive and murder charges are likely in the case, Hautzinger told a judge during bond arguments on Nov. 1.
Hage was still alive as of Tuesday, police spokeswoman Kate Porras said. He wasn’t listed in a public directory at St. Mary’s Hospital.
Jompp and Christina Padilla, 22, were arrested after a witness told Grand Junction police that Jompp allegedly assaulted Hage, inside a stolen vehicle, in an allegedly unprovoked attack, according to an arrest affidavit.
The witness said Jompp became angry after Hage made a series of sexual comments about Padilla. After the beating, the witness said Hage was allegedly robbed of his wallet and cellphone by Padilla.
Padilla was charged on Tuesday with a single count of robbery.