Suspect’s court outburst earns him higher bail

A man accused of threatening to bomb his girlfriend’s Palisade workplace was ordered held on a high cash bond Monday after he shouted a death threat at the victim in front of a Mesa County judge.

Travis Theodore Gauthe, 37, was arrested Sunday after the woman reported that he allegedly became violent with her when she confronted him about his past life, an arrest affidavit said.

The woman told Mesa County sheriff’s deputies she had been in a relationship with Gauthe for several years, but she believed his name really is Kenneth Howell. Several days earlier, however, she said a relative of Gauthe told her his real name and said he was wanted in Louisiana in connection with a criminal case.

When the woman confronted Gauthe, he allegedly became upset and took her to a remote area near Cameo. She said he allegedly damaged their truck, attacked her physically and threatened to kill her, the report said. Later, he gave her a ride to meet someone who agreed to pick her up, then tailgated them and drove erratically behind them, the woman said according to the report.

The woman said Gauthe later showed up at her friend’s house where she was staying.

“She said he told her he would see her at work and he threatened to drive the truck through the store and blow up the building,” the report said.

The woman works at a discount store in Palisade.

Deputies confirmed Gauthe’s identity through his expired Louisiana driver’s license and photographs provided by a family member, the report said. When he was approached by law enforcement Sunday afternoon, he denied that his name was Gauthe. He fought with deputies who arrested him and “made statements that he was going to kill deputies’ families and blow up our houses,” a deputy wrote in the report.

Gauthe faces multiple charges, including stalking, criminal impersonation, assault and domestic violence.

When Gauthe appeared by video conference from jail before Mesa County Judge Michael Grattan on Monday afternoon, he denied that his name was Gauthe, calling himself “Kenneth Eugene Howell Jr.”

Grattan threatened to hold Gauthe in contempt of court after he repeatedly interrupted and used profanities during the hearing, including when the victim spoke in court.

“As you can see he’s very volatile,” the woman told Grattan. “I just know that when and if he is allowed bail ... obviously he’s going to come looking for me.”

Gauthe both said he loved the woman and that she “took” his job and he was angry in various outbursts. After the woman asked Grattan to order Gauthe to stay away from her work, however, Gauthe started shouting at her.

“When I do get out, you’re dead, you (expletive),” Gauthe said to the woman before being removed from the room by a jail deputy before appearing to shout at the court, “You’re all (expletive) dead.”

Grattan, who had earlier set Gauthe’s bond at $10,000 cash-only, upped the amount to $50,000 cash-only after noting Gauthe was “more of a public safety threat than I thought.”


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