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Thursday, June 24,2010

Police Blotter | Attempted murder

By Katelyn M. Feldhaus


Attempted murder

Police responded to a report of domestic violence at a Gunbarrel home on June 19 at about 3:10 p.m. Police said that Aaron Whalen, 25, was engaged in an argument with his girlfriend when it turned violent. According to the report, the victim suffered injuries resulting from being strangled to the point where she became unconscious. When deputies arrived, the victim had regained consciousness and was transported to Boulder Community Hospital for further evaluation. Police arrested Whalen on suspicion of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault and domestic violence. He will also face charges relating to driving under the influence, according to the report.

Trailhead knife-wielder

Boulder Police responded to a trailhead in the 200 block of Dakota Boulevard in north Boulder at approximately 8:45 p.m. on June 20 after receiving a report that a man was attacking a woman there. The woman reported hiking on the trail when a man came toward her, brandishing a knife. As she tried to get past him on the trail, the police report said, he allegedly began to assault her. She said she was able to fight off the attacker and managed to call the police.

The police located a suspect, and she positively identified him as her attacker. Michael Gonzales-Davis, 25, of Boulder was arrested on suspicion of attempted sexual assault, felony menacing and third-degree assault.

Police are investigating whether Gonzales-Davis was involved in other crimes committed June 19-20. Anyone with more information is asked to contact Det. Jeremy Frenzen at 303-441-3330. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

Plane plows into field

On June 19, a Boulder resident was attempting a take-off in a singleseat biplane at a private airstrip southwest of Longmont when his plane lost power.

In an attempt to return to the landing field from a low altitude, the pilot tried to land in an adjacent field. The plane nosed into the soft dirt, causing it to flip over. The plane sustained significant damage, and the pilot was taken to the hospital and for minor injuries. The Federal Aviation Administration and National Transportation Safety Board were notified and will be conducting an investigation into the accident.

Boulder Elks Club break-in

Boulder Police officers responded to an alarm at the Boulder Elks Club, at 3975 18th St., on June 14. The officers found a broken window, and one of the managers of the Elks Club said that some alcohol and cash had been stolen. The police stopped a vehicle in the Elks Club parking lot and found evidence of burglary. Two juvenile suspects were arrested on suspicion of second-degree burglary.

Space heaters in summer?

On June 14, Boulder Police officers assisted firefighters with two separate calls. The first, in the 2000 block of Spruce Street, involved a structure fire that was started by a space heater. There were no injuries. The second incident was in the 1800 block of Pearl Street, where police helped evacuate an apartment building when high levels of carbon monoxide were detected. Two people were treated for gas inhalation.

Grounded at Red Garden

A 29-year-old woman from New York sustained injuries when her climbing partner fell on her at Redgarden Wall in Eldorado Canyon State Park on June 15, around noon. The woman was waiting on the ground and had the male lead climber on belay as he was climbing the rock wall. The climber slipped about eight feet, landing on the woman. Although she was wearing a climbing helmet and the climbers were using ropes, the woman suffered a laceration to her left eye and complained of back and neck pain, as well as numbness in her left leg. Medical care was provided on the scene, and she was evacuated to Boulder Community Hospital.

— Compiled by Katelyn Feldhaus Respond: letters@boulderweekly.com

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In the light of these facts it makes full sense for the police to put some efforts and bust the bad guys otherwise chaos is upon us.


It's terrible to see that these things happen so often. Violent bad people should be watched more closely otherwise those vulnerable will suffer the consequences. You never know who's the person sitting next to you. If you need a renter background check you should go for it, it may make a world of difference.


It's great to see that the girl survived the attack. Now she should get some protection until the legal matters are over. An expert witness testimony would have helped the situation in this specific case. Perhaps our law makers will come up with some solution to make things easier for the victims of violence.


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