Man shot with Taser in pot deal

Derrick Richardson



James Farnsworth



Two men face a variety of possible charges after one shot the other with a Taser during a drug deal that turned into a robbery Saturday night in downtown Grand Junction, according to arrest affidavits.

Derrick D. Richardson, 19, of Aurora, was ordered Monday jailed on $60,000 bond on suspicion of aggravated robbery, felony unlawful use of a stun gun and possession of less than two ounces of marijuana, a petty offense.

James Farnsworth, 25, 1333 22nd St., called police about 11:50 p.m. Saturday from City Market, 200 Rood Ave., and reported he’d been shot with a Taser. An arrest affidavit described Farnsworth as being in a “very excited state,” with a pair of silver probes from a Taser still hanging from the back of his pants and shirt.

Farnsworth, who changed his story to officers, eventually said he went to meet a group of men he claimed he’d never seen before in the 100 block of West Grand Ave., to smoke marijuana with them and possibly sell them up to an ounce.

During the meeting, Farnsworth said he was speaking with one of the men outside a vehicle when he said he briefly caught a glimpse of a second man moving quickly up behind him. He turned to look over his shoulder, heard a “pop” and collapsed to the ground after being hit with the Taser.

” ... One of the males kept telling him to ‘give us everything’,” the affidavit said.

Farnsworth said he threw the marijuana toward them as one man patted him down for other valuables. They fled in a vehicle northbound on First Street.

While talking with officers about the incident, Farnsworth removed from his pockets a pair of glass pipes, one of which fell on the ground and shattered before an officer, the affidavit said. Officers found separate bags of marijuana in his vehicle and five generic Vicodin pills, the affidavit said.

Richardson, meanwhile, was among a group of five men who were inside a sport-utility vehicle pulled over by Grand Junction officers moments after Farnworth’s 911 phone call, the affidavit said. Marijuana consistent with that described by Farnsworth, and a utility belt with a Taser, were found inside the vehicle.

Two passengers, who are not identified in the affidavit, told officers that Richardson acknowledged committing the robbery.

Deputy Public Defender John Burkey told County Judge Gretchen Larson on Monday that Richardson had planned on attending Colorado Mesa University. Richardson has a prior record consisting of an unspecified juvenile felony, Burkey said.

Farnsworth was booked into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of separate misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.


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