Sunday, February 12, 2006
Steamboat Springs Police arrested a second Steam--boat Springs man Saturday night in connection with an armed robbery at the Westland Mobile Home Park.
Police served an arrest warrant at 11 p.m. Saturday and found Caleb Edward Murphy, 19, talking on the phone and in need of medical attention. Murphy had attempted suicide inside his West Acres Mobile Home Park home by swallowing pills, Steamboat Springs police Sgt. Nick Bosick said. Murphy was handcuffed, taken to the hospital and transferred to jail Sunday afternoon.
Murphy, along with 24-year-old Jared Dean Justice of Steamboat were booked on charges of first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery and first-degree assault.
Police were called to the Westland Mobile Home Park at 2:30 p.m. Saturday to respond to a report of an armed robbery.
Justice and Murphy entered a mobile home wearing black ski masks and demanded money, Bosick said. Four people inside the trailer told police Justice showed a gun -- police said it was a BB-gun -- and demanded everyone get on the floor, he said. A fight broke out between the robbers and one of the victims, and Murphy cut a man's hand during the fight, Bosick said. The man was not seriously injured, but he was taken to Yampa Valley Medical Center. Justice and Murphy left the scene with about $350, Bosick said. No one else was injured.
The knifing victim told police he knew one of the robbers though the robbers were wearing ski masks. Police said there was an ongoing dispute between them about money. This led police to Justice's home in West Acres, where he was arrested. He told police that Murphy was his accomplice, Bosick said
Police tried to contact Murphy by phone and by knocking on the door of his West Acres mobile home. Police staked out the home Saturday evening and saw a man walk to a car and then back inside. Police thought the man was Murphy, but they waited for an arrest warrant because they could not be sure that it was him or whether other people were inside, Bosick said.
While waiting for the arrest warrant, a relative of Murphy's contacted police and said Murphy knew police were outside his home, Bosick said.
At 11 p.m., police officers entered the trailer with their guns drawn and found Murphy lying on the floor talking on the phone and "in need of some medical attention," Bosick said. He said Murphy took medications in an attempt to commit suicide. Murphy and Justice were to spend Sunday night in jail and have a hearing today.