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Poncha Springs Resident Arrrested After Threatening to Assault Deputies


Salida, Colorado

For release Thursday, February 19, 2015

A Poncha Springs resident was arrested Thursday morning after threatening to assault two Sheriff’s Deputies with a trailer hitch. The incident began around 8:35 Thursday morning, when deputies were dispatched to 600 Poncha Avenue in Poncha Springs for a burglary in progress. Upon their arrival, Deputy Joe McGuire and Deputy Rod Lane contacted the home owner, Richard (a.k.a. Ricky) Salazar, and a second subject who was at the residence. While investigating the incident, Deputies determined that there had not been a burglary, but this was in fact a dispute between a land lord (Salazar) and his tenant.

After explaining to Salazar the appropriate civil action to take, Salazar became irate with the deputies. Salazar immediately stooped and retrieved a trailer hitch from the floor of the garage where he stood. He aggressively approached the two deputies, raising the hitch to strike. Fearing for their lives, one deputy drew his firearm and ordered Salazar to drop the trailer hitch. Mr. Salazar complied; as deputies attempted to handcuff Salazar, he began to hostilely fight with them. Salazar was eventually handcuffed and secured in a patrol car.

Salazar, 30 years old, was charged with Criminal Attempt First Degree Assault on a Peace Officer, a class 3 felony and Resisting Arrest, a class 2 misdemeanor. He was booked into the Chaffee County Detention Center in lieu of a $10,000 bond.

The second subject was not charged in the incident.