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.
A collaborative effort between the Delta County Sheriff's Office and municipal law enforcement agencies throughout Delta County has resulted in a proposal for a 1 percent sales tax increase to fund public safety. A PowerPoint presentation titled "Back the Badge" is starting to make the rounds at city/town council meetings, service club luncheons and other events.