A Delta man who was ordered, at gunpoint, to give a ride to his two attackers instead sped away in search of help shortly before midnight Aug. 8.
The 58-year-old North Delta resident was spotted speeding south on Main Street and was pulled over by DPD Officer Everett Neil after he blew through a red light at the intersection of Highway 50 and 92.
The victim told Officer Neil that two men who were known to him entered his home at 755 1600 Road without permission. He identified the two males as Matthew Luckey and Cody Charron. Words were exchanged, and when the argument escalated Luckey allegedly grabbed a shotgun belonging to the victim. Because he knew the shotgun was loaded, the victim stated he feared for his life. According to an arrest affidavit filed Aug. 9, Charron then held him at knifepoint while Luckey ransacked the house.
When Luckey was finished, the arrest affidavit states, he held the victim at gunpoint, walked him out of the house, and instructed him to get into Luckey's vehicle. The victim was told to drive Luckey and Charron to an undisclosed location. But as soon as the victim was behind the wheel of the vehicle, he locked the doors and drove away as fast as he could.
During the altercation, the victim was struck in the mouth. After initial contact with the DPD, he drove himself to the hospital for treatment.
In the meantime, other DPD officers went in search of Luckey and Charron. Using information provided by the victim, DPD officers located both men at a trailer home at 1624 I Road. Officers also located the shotgun, glass pipes and plastic bags containing what appeared to be methampetamine.
According to the arrest affidavit, Luckey told officers the victim was his drug dealer and the incident was the result of a "bad drug deal."
Luckey, 36, of Delta is charged with first degree burglary, third degree assault, menacing, false imprisonment and possession of a Schedule II controlled substance.
Charron, 39, of Montrose has been charged with first degree burglary, menacing and false imprisonment.
The election results are in at the local, state and national level, and as expected, Democrats are doing well in state and national races. Colorado has elected Jared Polis as governor; nationally the Republicans appear to retain control of the Senate while Democrats now control the House of Representative.
With a ballot full of local and state measures, voter turnout in Delta County topped 71%, with 15,889 ballots cast. Statewide, voter turnout was just over 52%.
Of the three Delta County residents seeking state offices, Matt Soper won over Thea Chase in State Representative Dist. 54; Mike Mason lost to Julie McCluskie in State Representative Dist. 61; and Olen Lund lost to Kerry Donovan in State Senate Dist. 5.
Locally, in the City of Delta voters rejected a .5% sales tax increase to fund recreation, as well as recreational marijuana sales. The sale of medical marijuana and cultivation/manufacturing facilities was approved by a slim margin. Delta voters also gave the city the green light to move forward with selling or trading the Cottonwood and Riverbend Park, and to sell the old Municipal Light and Power Building.