Man with ties to Grand Junction a suspect in toilet probe

Cops say he hid in tank to spy on women using restrooms

A man with Grand Junction ties is suspected of surprising a woman by hiding in the tank of a portable toilet at a Boulder festival and is under investigation for other similar incidents.

Luke Irvin Chrisco, 30, was held at the Eagle County Jail as of Friday afternoon on suspicion of unlawful sexual contact and criminal invasion of privacy, stemming from a woman’s alleged encounter with Chrisco on June 17 during a Boulder yoga festival.

On Friday, Boulder police said Chrisco claimed he spied on women in other public restrooms in the Boulder area.

“Detectives are in the process of contacting business owners in an attempt to substantiate Chrisco’s statements,” Boulder authorities said in a news release. “In addition, detectives are searching all restrooms in which Chrisco claimed to have spied.”

As of Friday, detectives confirmed peepholes have been discovered in the restrooms of several Boulder businesses.

Arrested Thursday after a traffic stop near Vail, Chrisco told arresting officers he lives in a residence at 2911 1/2 Sandra Ave. in Grand Junction, according to Vail Police Department Sgt. Chris Botkins.

Police stopped Chrisco’s Ford Mustang on Interstate 70 after authorities were called around 12:30 p.m. on a complaint about a man panhandling near a gas station. Chrisco was issued a summons on suspicion of driving with a revoked license, and he was detained when an officer thought Chrisco matched a suspect’s description from the June 17 incident in Boulder, Botkins said.

Boulder detectives have been in contact with Chrisco since Thursday afternoon.

Authorities said a woman reported that while she was using a portable toilet June 17 at the Hanuman Yoga Festival, she noticed movement in the tank while lifting the toilet lid.

She ran away and asked a nearby man for help, who entered the tank and confirmed seeing a suspect hiding inside, Boulder police said.

The man left, and the suspect locked himself inside the toilet. When the suspect tried to leave about 10 minutes later, a security supervisor gave chase, but the suspect got away.

Court records show Chrisco had at least five encounters with Grand Junction-area law enforcement between 2000 and 2005.

Chrisco was ticketed by Grand Junction police on suspicion of second-degree trespassing in December 2005 when he refused to leave a protest at Wal-Mart, 2545 Rimrock Ave. The records do not specify the nature of the protest. He was convicted at trial and fined $234.

Chrisco was cited on suspicion of three traffic violations and pleaded guilty in a 2000 misdemeanor theft case, according to court records.


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