Man enters plea of not guilty in toy-gun prank

Patricio Preciado

A man whose alleged Halloween prank involved pointing a toy handgun in the face of a police officer pleaded not guilty Tuesday to a pair of felony charges.

Patricio Preciado, 29, may end up standing trial May 14 after pleading not guilty to attempted aggravated robbery and felony menacing in the courtroom of District Judge Brian Flynn. A plea agreement offer in the case from the District Attorney’s Office was withdrawn after the plea of not guilty, according to court records.

Preciado’s actions last Halloween night were labeled “felony stupid” by District Attorney Pete Hautzinger during a bond hearing.

An arrest affidavit said Grand Junction police officer Cody Kennedy was walking west in the 500 block of Main Street when in a breezeway he came across Preciado, who pulled a toy handgun on the officer and demanded money.

The affidavit said Kennedy stepped to his side and drew his gun, prompting Preciado to laugh, saying, “I’m just kidding. It’s a toy gun.”

“I told him it wasn’t funny and that I had almost shot him,” the officer said in the affidavit.

Kennedy in December received an official commendation from Police Chief John Camper, praising the officer’s restraint.


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