12-3230 BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT

Reported Date

Supplement No

ORIG

1805 33RD ST BOULDER, CO 80301
Report Type

03/09/2012

ASSAULT
Officer

KIRSHBAUM,ANDREW 303-441-3300 303-441-4330 Fax

Administrative Information
Agency Report No Supplement No Reported Date Reported Time CAD Call No

BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Status

12-3230
Report Type

ORIG
City

03/09/2012

20:04
ZIP Code

120020956
Rep Dist

Open; to be investigated
Location

Assault/Menacing/Endangerment/Extortion Boulder
From Time Officer

1940 TINCUP CT
Area Beat From Date 2nd Officer

80305
Assignment

BO04

04
Assignment

BO04 03/09/2012
Prop Trans Stat

19:45
Property? Approval Date

10375/KIRSHBAUM,ANDREW
Assignment Entered by

PATROL WATCH 2
RMS Transfer

MCNALLEY,BETH

PATROL WATCH 2
Approval Time

10375

PATROL WATCH 2
Score

Solvability

Successful
Approving Officer

Successful
Canvass - (X)

None B - Medium/High level of solving case 03/10/2012 00:36:32
Description Complaint Type AC

100

972
Contacted In-Person - (X)

X
# Offenses Offense

X
NCIC Offense Use

1
Bias Link Loc

18-3-206(1)(A)
#Pr MOE Act Name Weapon/Force

FELONY MENACING-REAL
IBRS No Race Race Sex Sex DOB DOB

C

1315

N

88 25
Involvement Invl No

12 VIC 1
Invl No

13A 1 W M 01/08/2000 W M 09/17/1944
MNI Race Sex DOB

VIC
Link

SIDWELL,BENJAMIN
Name

Involvement

SUS
Invl Invl Invl Invl Invl Invl

SUS
Invl No Invl No Invl No Invl No Invl No Invl No

1
Type

STAFFIN,PAUL
Name

Person Summary
OTH 1 OTH 1 OTH 2 OTH 3 SUS 1 VIC 1 I
Type

SIDWELL,JAMES
Name

263089
MNI

W
Race

M
Sex

08/12/1963
DOB

I
Type

GERSTER,JULIE
Name

278564
MNI MNI

W
Race Race

F
Sex Sex

08/04/1960
DOB DOB

G
Type

OFC R PEREA
Name

I
Type

GIMPEL,BAILEY
Name

326116
MNI

W
Race

M
Sex

10/21/1999
DOB

I
Type

STAFFIN,PAUL
Name

326113
MNI

W
Race

M
Sex

09/17/1944
DOB

I

SIDWELL,BENJAMIN

326111

W

M

01/08/2000

Summary Narrative
This report documents an incident of felony menacing in which Benjamin Sidwell (DOB 1/8/2000) states that Paul Staffin (DOB 9/17/1944) pointed what Sidwell believed to be a handgun at him in the front yard of 1815 Tincup Court in the City and County of Boulder, State of Colorado, on 3/9/2012 at approximately 1945 hours. That address is Staffin's residence. The status if this case is open, to be investigated.

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Other 1: SIDWELL,JAMES
Involvement Invl No Type Name MNI Race

Supplement No

ORIG

Sex

Other
DOB Type ZIP Code

1
Address

INDIVIDUAL
Age Juvenile?

SIDWELL,JAMES
Height Weight Hair Color Eye Color Res Status City

263089
PRN

WHITE MALE
State

08/12/1963

48
Date

No

5'09"

165#

BROWN GREEN RESIDENT Boulder
OLS

182700 COLORADO

HOME 2605 KOHLER DR 80305
Type Type

03/09/2012
ID No ID No Phone No Date

Operator License Social Security Number
Phone Type

COLORADO

CELL
Notes - (Text)

03/09/2012

Victim's Father

Other 1: GERSTER,JULIE
Involvement Invl No Type Name MNI Race Res Status State PRN Sex

Other
DOB Type ZIP Code

1
Address

INDIVIDUAL
Age Juvenile?

GERSTER,JULIE
Height Weight Hair Color City Eye Color

278564

WHITE FEMALE 182701

08/04/1960

51
Date

No

5'08"

170#

BLONDE/STRAWBERRY HAZEL RESIDENT Boulder

HOME 1940 TINCUP CT 80305
Type Phone Type Phone No

COLORADO

03/09/2012
ID No Date OLS

Operator License HOME
Notes - (Text)

COLORADO 03/09/2012

Reporting Party

Other 2: OFC R PEREA
Involvement Invl No Type Name PRN

Other
Notes - (Text)

2

Government

OFC R PEREA

182702

Boulder Police Officer

Other 3: GIMPEL,BAILEY
Involvement Invl No Type Name MNI Race Sex

Other
DOB Type ZIP Code

3
Address

INDIVIDUAL
Age Juvenile? PRN

GIMPEL,BAILEY 182703
City

326116

WHITE MALE
State

10/21/1999

12
Date

Yes

HOME 3070 GALENA WAY 80305
Phone Type Phone No

Boulder
Date

COLORADO

03/09/2012 03/09/2012

HOME
Notes - (Text)

Friend at birthday party

Suspect 1: STAFFIN,PAUL
Involvement Invl No Type Name MNI Race Eye Color Sex

Suspect
DOB

1
Age

INDIVIDUAL
Ethnicity

STAFFIN,PAUL
Juvenile? Height Weight

326113
Hair Color

WHITE MALE
Res Status

09/17/1944
OFN_INVL Vic/Ofnd Age

67
PRN

NOT OF HISPANIC ORIGIN

No

5'09"
City

140#

BROWN BLUE RESIDENT
State

1
Type ZIP Code

67
Address

182704 Boulder
ID No OLS

HOME 1915 TINCUP CT
Date

COLORADO

80305
Type

03/09/2012 COLORADO
Printed At

Driver's License
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12-3230 BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Phone Type Phone No Date

Supplement No

ORIG

HOME
Notes - (Text)

03/09/2012

Suspect

Victim 1: SIDWELL,BENJAMIN
Involvement Invl No Type Name MNI Race Sex

Victim
DOB Res Status

1

INDIVIDUAL
Age Ethnicity

SIDWELL,BENJAMIN
Juvenile? Height Weight

326111
Hair Color

WHITE MALE

01/08/2000 RESIDENT
Type ZIP Code Address

12
Vic/Ofnd Age

NOT OF HISPANIC ORIGIN
PRN

Yes

5'00"
City

80#

BLONDE/STRAWBERRY
State

12
Date

182705 Boulder
Date

HOME 2605 KOHLER DR 80305
Phone Type Phone No

COLORADO

03/09/2012 03/09/2012
Advisement of case status? - (Y/N) Advisement Date - (Date)

HOME
Notes - (Text)

Victim
Advisement Method - (Text)

Y

20120309
Gave Case# + Contact Info? - (Y/N)

In Person with Ben and on phone with Father

Y
Injury

IBRS Info
Victim Invl No Offense Codes

1
Rel

13A
Involvement Invl No Name Race

NONE
Sex DOB

ST
Intel File?

SUS
Other

1

STAFFIN,PAUL
Property Attacked Physical Evidence

W M 09/17/1944
Arson Inhabited?

Modus Operandi
No
Theft Type Vulnerability

NA
Oddity

Not Applicable
Study

Not Applicable
Victim's Race Victim's Sex

No
Victim's Age

Not Applicable Not Applicable

Not Applicable
Crime Code(s)

NA

UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN

Assault

Narrative
On 3/9/2012 at approximately 2004 hours, I (Officer Kirshbaum) responded to a tone alert from Boulder Police Dispatch to 1940 Tincup Court in the City and County of Boulder, State of Colorado, regarding a report of felony menacing involving a twelve year old victim. Dispatch advised that the victim, later identified as Benjamin Sidwell (DOB 1/8/2000), had been grabbed by a male party with grey hair and had a gun pointed at him. Dispatch advised that the suspect had possibly left westbound from the location. As I entered the neighborhood, I did so from the west, and I observed no pedestrians or vehicles coming from the area of the call. Upon arrival I met with Benjamin, as well as with Julie Gerster, the resident of 1940 Tincup Court. Gerster informed me that she was the one who had called 911, and that there was a birthday party occurring at her residence for her son and that Benjamin was there for the party. I asked Benjamin to tell me what had happened, and he told me that he and the other boys at the party (there were approximately seven or eight of them) were in the cul de sac playing tag, and that he was "it". He told me that he was in the "yard on the corner, and an old man came from behind and grabbed me by the arm". Benjamin said the man was white, had short grey hair and wore glasses. He said that the man pulled him around to face him and at that time Benjamin saw what he believed was a handgun pointed at him. He told me that the man yelled at him repeatedly, "you could be dead!", and that he (Benjamin) repeatedly yelled "I'm sorry!". Benjamin said that the man then dragged him off of the front lawn and into the street and led him about halfway back to the house that the party was in, and then let go of his arm, kicked him in the back, and yelled "get out of here!". Benjamin told me he then ran the rest of the way back to the party (at 1940 Tincup) and thought the man walked back to his house (westbound). Gerster told me that she was upstairs at her residence watching out the window as the boys played tag in the cul de sac, and she said she could not see the corner yard that Benjamin was in, but that she heard Benjamin "bawling and crying" as he came back to the driveway of her house. When she went down to see why he was crying, Benjamin told her what had happened, and she called 911.
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Narrative

Supplement No

ORIG

I asked Benjamin if he could walk me to the yard that this had occurred in, and he told me yes. Gerster told me she thought it was the man who lived on the southwest corner, as she knows him to have yelled at other children for walking on his yard in the past. Benjamin walked me to the front yard of 1915 Tincup Court, and pointed to the area he was in when he was grabbed from behind and saw the man point a gun at him. He then walked me back through the center of Tincup Court in the direction of Gerster's house, explaining again that the man had dragged him out into the center of the street and then kicked him in the back and let go. I asked Benjamin to describe the gun that he saw, and he told me it was "a revolver". I asked him if he meant one that had a wheel in the middle of it, and he said "yes". I asked him if he saw what color it was, and he told me no. I asked him if it was long or short, and he told me "medium". I asked Benjamin if he saw the man's face, and he told me "it was dark". I asked him where the gun was pointed, and Benjamin said "at me", and pointed to his upper chest area. I asked Benjamin how he felt when he saw that the man was pointed a gun at him and he told me "really, really scared". I asked him if the man had said anything else to him, and he told me no. Gerster told me that on a previous occasion she had seen the man on the corner yell at one of the other boys that was present at the party. That boy is Bailey Gimpel, a friend of Gerster's son and Benjamin. Officer McNalley and I spoke with Gimpel and he told us that sometime last year he, his brother, and one of his brother's friends were all playing in the cul de sac and that his brother and his friend had been in the grass of the corner house and an "old man" came out and yelled at them. The house on the southwest corner of Tincup Court and Lehigh Drive that all involved people referred to is 1915 Tincup Court. According to the Records Division of the Boulder Police Department, that house is owned by Paul Staffin (DOB 9/17/1944). McNalley, Officer Perea and I canvassed the houses in the cul de sac, and although no one heard anything other than boys playing, we were informed that other neighbors have observed Staffin to yell at anyone who enters onto his yard, to include his own grandchildren. We also were told that Staffin has gotten into verbal yelling matches with construction contractors doing work on houses near to Staffin's. Neighbors also stated Staffin is an anthropologist and is away for extended periods of time, but is currently in town. The neighbors knew him by name, and provided the same phone number for him as the Boulder Police Records Division. There were no lights on at Staffin's house (not when I drove past it, nor at any time while I was on scene). There was no answer at his door after repeated attempts. There was no answer on the telephone listed for Staffin. Dispatch left a message, and I left a message as well advising Staffin to contact me as soon as possible. I gave Gerster my business card with this case report number on it, and I gave Benjamin my card with this case report number on it. McNalley contacted Benjamin's father, James, and advised him of the situation and the case report number. Boulder Police Records Division confirms no criminal history for Staffin. University of Colorado Police Department confirmed that Staffin is a Continuing Education/Non Credit Student in Anthropology. Detectives and Staff Duty Officer notified, as well as on duty personnel for extra patrol at Staffin's address for continued attempted contact. This case status is open, to be investigated.

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12-3230 BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Reported Date

Supplement No

0001

1805 33RD ST BOULDER, CO 80301
Report Type

03/10/2012

ASSAULT
Officer

BURICK,JOEL 303-441-3300 303-441-4330 Fax

Administrative Information
Agency Report No Supplement No Reported Date Reported Time CAD Call No

BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Status Report Type

12-3230

0001
City

03/10/2012

14:27
ZIP Code

120020956
Rep Dist

Cleared
Location Area Beat

Assault/Menacing/Endangerment/Extortion Boulder
From Time Officer

1940 TINCUP CT
From Date

80305
Entered by Assignment

BO04

04
Assignment

BO04 03/09/2012
Prop Trans Stat

19:45
2nd Officer Property?

6771/BURICK,JOEL
Assignment

TARGET CRIME TEAM
RMS Transfer

MCNALLEY,BETH
Solvability

PATROL WATCH 2
Approval Time

6771

TARGET CRIME TEAM
Score

Successful
Approving Officer

Successful

Yes
Approval Date

A - High level of solving case 00:32:09
Description

525

972
Contacted In-Person - (X)

03/11/2012
Alcohol Involved - (X)

X
# Offenses Offense

X
Complaint Type AC NCIC Offense Use

1
Bias Link Loc

18-3-206(1)(A)
#Pr MOE Act Name Weapon/Force

FELONY MENACING-REAL
IBRS No Race Race Description Sex Sex DOB DOB Complaint Type

C

1315

A

88 20
Involvement Invl No

12 ARR 1
Invl No

13A 1 W M 09/17/1944 W M 01/08/2000
AC NCIC Offense Use

ARR
Link

STAFFIN,PAUL
Name

Involvement

VIC
# Offenses

VIC
Offense Loc #Pr

1
MOE Act

SIDWELL,BENJAMIN
Weapon/Force IBRS No

2
Bias Link

18-9-111(1)(A) 40
Invl No Name Involvement

HARASSMENT-Strikes,S 13B 2
Race Race Sex Sex DOB DOB

C

1313

A

88 20 ARR
Link

ARR
Involvement

1
Invl No

STAFFIN,PAUL
Name

W M 09/17/1944 W M 01/08/2000

VIC

VIC

1

SIDWELL,BENJAMIN

Summary Narrative
This report will document the arrest of Paul Staffin for the charges of Felony Menacing and Harassment. The arrest occurred on 03/10/12 at 1343 hours at 1915 Tincup Court, which is in the City and County of Boulder, State of Colorado. Cleared with an adult arrest.

Arrestee 1: STAFFIN,PAUL
Involvement Invl No Type Name MNI Race Eye Color Sex

Arrestee
DOB

1
Age

INDIVIDUAL
Ethnicity

STAFFIN,PAUL
Juvenile? Height Weight

326217
Hair Color

WHITE MALE
Dom Violence

09/17/1944
Res Status

67
OFN_INVL

NOT OF HISPANIC ORIGIN
Vic/Ofnd Age

No

5'09"
City

140#

BROWN BLUE
State

NO

RESIDENT
Type ZIP Code Address

1
Date

67 Boulder
ID No ID No Printed At OLS

HOME 1915 TINCUP CT 80305
Type Type

COLORADO

03/10/2012 COLORADO

Driver's License Social Security Number
Report Officer

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Notes - (Text) Marital Status - (Text)

Supplement No

0001

Will you mention a Juvenile Name

Arrested for fel menacing and harassment
Victim notification of release Medical Conditons - (Text) Suicidal Behavior? - (Y/N) Advisement of case status? - (Y/N)

S
Medical Clearance? - (Y/N) Useful info for Inmate Mgmt -

N
Medication Required? - (Y/N) Indications of Mental illness - (Text) N/A : Supplemental Report - (X)

N
Medication Taken - (Text) Arrestee's Behavior - (Choose) Advisement Date - (Date) Advisement Method - (Text)

C
Last Drink Data (Text) Involvement

Y

20120310
Arrest Type

phone
Arrest Date

X
Arrest Time

03/09/12 early evening sometime before incident (two beers) ARRESTED (Taken to jail.)
Status Arrest Location

On-View Arrest (PC)
Armed NCIC Offense IBRS IBRS Multi-arrests Level Level Charge Literal Charge Literal

03/10/2012
Beat

13:43:00
City

Booked & Jailed
Rep Dist Place of Birth

1915 TINCUP CT
City of Birth

Boulder UNARMED COUNT ARRESTEE BO04

BO04
Charge Charge

NEW YORK ROCHESTER

18-9-111(1)(A) 18-3-206(1)(A)
Involvement Invl No Type Name

1313
NCIC Offense

13B M3 HARASSMENT-Strikes,S 13A F5 FELONY MENACING-REAL
MNI Race Sex

1315 INDIVIDUAL
Age Ethnicity

Victim 1: SIDWELL,BENJAMIN
Victim
DOB Eye Color

1
Dom Violence

SIDWELL,BENJAMIN
Juvenile? Height Weight

326218
Hair Color

WHITE MALE

01/08/2000 BLUE
Type ZIP Code

12

NOT OF HISPANIC ORIGIN
Vic/Ofnd Age

Yes

5'00"
City

80#

BLONDE/STRAWBERRY
State

Res Status

NO
Address

RESIDENT
Date

12 Boulder
Date

HOME 2605 KOHLER DR 80305
Phone Type Phone No Marital Status - (Text)

COLORADO

03/10/2012 03/10/2012
Will you mention a Juvenile Name Advisement of case status? - (Y/N) Advisement Date - (Date)

HOME
Notes - (Text)

Victim
Advisement Method - (Text)

S X

Y
N/A : Supplemental Report - (X)

Y

20120310

Phone call to father

IBRS Info
Victim Invl No Offense Codes Injury

1
Rel

13A/13B
Involvement Invl No Name Race

NONE
Sex DOB

RU
Item

ARR
Agency

1

STAFFIN,PAUL
Report No

W M 09/17/1944
Original Incident Original supplement Involvement

Property
1 BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
In Custody? Security Tag No

12-3230
Item No Serial No

12-3230 N95302713
Typ

0001
# Pieces

Evidence 1

Invl Date

03/10/2012
Item No/Desc Cat

Yes

No

09019701
Article

1

.177 Cal Crosman 357 Pellet gun
Make

F
Model

Firearms / Explosives
NIBRS Type RMS Transfer Type/Cat Control

Firearms/Guns (F)
Caliber

Crosman Arms Co.
Entered Date

357
Entered Time

FIREARMS ALL OTHERS Successful
Link Involvement Invl No Name

.177 Caliber (air/pellet gun)
Race

03/10/2012
Sex DOB

15:28

5495 0310121625 1 STAFFIN,PAUL
Property Attacked Physical Evidence

OWN ARR
Intel File? Other

W M 09/17/1944
Arson Inhabited?

Modus Operandi
No
Theft Type Vulnerability

NA
Oddity

Not Applicable
Study

Not Applicable
Victim's Race Victim's Sex

No
Victim's Age

Not Applicable Not Applicable

Not Applicable
Crime Code(s)

NA

UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN

Assault
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Narrative
The following is taken from Officer Kirshbaum's report:

Supplement No

0001

On 3/9/2012 at approximately 2004 hours, I (Officer Kirshbaum) responded to a tone alert from Boulder Police Dispatch to 1940 Tincup Court in the City and County of Boulder, State of Colorado, regarding a report of felony menacing involving a twelve year old victim. Dispatch advised that the victim, later identified as Benjamin Sidwell (DOB 1/8/2000), had been grabbed by a male party with grey hair and had a gun pointed at him. Dispatch advised that the suspect had possibly left westbound from the location. As I entered the neighborhood, I did so from the west, and I observed no pedestrians or vehicles coming from the area of the call. Upon arrival I met with Benjamin, as well as with Julie Gerster, the resident of 1940 Tincup Court. Gerster informed me that she was the one who had called 911, and that there was a birthday party occurring at her residence for her son and that Benjamin was there for the party. I asked Benjamin to tell me what had happened, and he told me that he and the other boys at the party (there were approximately seven or eight of them) were in the cul de sac playing tag, and that he was "it". He told me that he was in the "yard on the corner, and an old man came from behind and grabbed me by the arm". Benjamin said the man was white, had short grey hair and wore glasses. He said that the man pulled him around to face him and at that time Benjamin saw what he believed was a handgun pointed at him. He told me that the man yelled at him repeatedly, "you could be dead!", and that he (Benjamin) repeatedly yelled "I'm sorry!". Benjamin said that the man then dragged him off of the front lawn and into the street and led him about halfway back to the house that the party was in, and then let go of his arm, kicked him in the back, and yelled "get out of here!". Benjamin told me he then ran the rest of the way back to the party (at 1940 Tincup) and thought the man walked back to his house (westbound). Gerster told me that she was upstairs at her residence watching out the window as the boys played tag in the cul de sac, and she said she could not see the corner yard that Benjamin was in, but that she heard Benjamin "bawling and crying" as he came back to the driveway of her house. When she went down to see why he was crying, Benjamin told her what had happened, and she called 911. I asked Benjamin if he could walk me to the yard that this had occurred in, and he told me yes. Gerster told me she thought it was the man who lived on the southwest corner, as she knows him to have yelled at other children for walking on his yard in the past. Benjamin walked me to the front yard of 1915 Tincup Court, and pointed to the area he was in when he was grabbed from behind and saw the man point a gun at him. He then walked me back through the center of Tincup Court in the direction of Gerster's house, explaining again that the man had dragged him out into the center of the street and then kicked him in the back and let go. I asked Benjamin to describe the gun that he saw, and he told me it was "a revolver". I asked him if he meant one that had a wheel in the middle of it, and he said "yes". I asked him if he saw what color it was, and he told me no. I asked him if it was long or short, and he told me "medium". I asked Benjamin if he saw the man's face, and he told me "it was dark". I asked him where the gun was pointed, and Benjamin said "at me", and pointed to his upper chest area. I asked Benjamin how he felt when he saw that the man was pointed a gun at him and he told me "really, really scared". I asked him if the man had said anything else to him, and he told me no. Gerster told me that on a previous occasion she had seen the man on the corner yell at one of the other boys that was present at the party. That boy is Bailey Gimpel, a friend of Gerster's son and Benjamin. Officer McNalley and I spoke with Gimpel and he told us that sometime last year he, his brother, and one of his brother's friends were all playing in the cul de sac and that his brother and his friend had been in the grass of the corner house and an "old man" came out and yelled at them. The house on the southwest corner of Tincup Court and Lehigh Drive that all involved people referred to is 1915 Tincup Court. According to the Records Division of the Boulder Police Department, that house is owned by Paul Staffin (DOB 9/17/1944). McNalley, Officer Perea and I canvassed the houses in the cul de sac, and although no one heard anything other than boys playing, we were informed that other neighbors have observed Staffin to yell at anyone who enters onto his yard, to include his own grandchildren. We also were told that Staffin has gotten into verbal yelling matches with construction contractors doing work on houses near to Staffin's. Neighbors also stated Staffin is an
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anthropologist and is away for extended periods of time, but is currently in town. The neighbors knew him by name, and provided the same phone number for him as the Boulder Police Records Division. There were no lights on at Staffin's house (not when I drove past it, nor at any time while I was on scene). There was no answer at his door after repeated attempts. There was no answer on the telephone listed for Staffin. Dispatch left a message, and I left a message as well advising Staffin to contact me as soon as possible. I gave Gerster my business card with this case report number on it, and I gave Benjamin my card with this case report number on it. McNalley contacted Benjamin's father, James, and advised him of the situation and the case report number. Boulder Police Records Division confirms no criminal history for Staffin. University of Colorado Police Department confirmed that Staffin is a Continuing Education/Non Credit Student in Anthropology. Detectives and Staff Duty Officer notified, as well as on duty personnel for extra patrol at Staffin's address for continued attempted contact. On 03/10/12 at approximately 1236 hours, I Officer Burick received a phone call from Detective Sergeant Hartkopp. He requested that the Boulder Police Department Target Crime Team meet him at 1915 Tincup for a "knock and talk". Myself, Officer Niedzielski, and Officer Parch responded to the area and met with Sergeant Hartkopp. We were all in plain clothes and driving un-marked vehicles. On 03/10/12 at 1315 hours, Officer Parch and I approached the front door, while Sergeant Hartkopp and Officer Niedzielski watched the back door. I knocked on the door and eventually a male, now known to me as the arrestee, Paul Staffin, answered the door. I identified myself as a Boulder Police Officer and asked him if he was "Paul". He stated that he was. I asked him if he minded if we stepped inside and spoke with him. He stated: "sure, come on in". We stepped inside and told Staffin that we were there to speak with him about the incident last night. Staffin replied: "you mean the prowler". I then asked him what he meant by "prowler". He then stated that he was inside his house last night when he heard someone knocking on his door. He stated that he has had trouble with prowlers at his house, so he did not answer the door. I asked him if he called the police about the prowler and he stated that he did not. I asked him why he did not call the police if he thought a prowler was knocking on his door. He hesitated, then said: "well, I don't know". I then explained to Staffin that the reason we wanted to speak to him was because a 12 y/o juvenile had a gun pointed at him last night by a person who came from his front yard. I asked Staffin if he knows anything about that incident. He stated: "no, absolutely not". He then proceeded to tell me how he has experienced unknown people/prowlers going between his and the neighbors house at night and it could have been anyone. I asked Staffin if he was aware of the police activity in the neighborhood last night and he stated: "no, I was upstairs and had the television on". I then asked him how he heard the "prowler" knocking on the door if he was upstairs and had the television on. He stated: "I don't know". I then asked Staffin if he had a confrontation with a juvenile outside last night. He said: " I already told you, absolutely not". I then asked Staffin if he owns a gun. He responded by telling me no. I asked him again and he stated: "well, I have a .22 rifle, I can show it to you if you want". He explained that he has had the rifle for a long time and that someone had given it to him as a gift. I asked him if he has a revolver handgun in the house. He said: "no, I don't even like guns, they scare me". I asked him one more time if he has a revolver and he stated: "absolutely not". As I was speaking to Staffin, I noticed that his left hand and wrist was wrapped in a large bandage/splint. I asked Staffin how he injured his wrist. He stated that he fell on the ice a few days ago. I asked him if he got treated by a doctor. He stated: "yeah". I then asked him where he was treated. He hesitated for a few seconds, then stated: "Louisville emergency, no, I, I, mean...the one in Lafayette". I asked him if it was at Exempla Hospital and he stated: "yeah, that's the one". As he answered questions he was indirect and failed to maintain eye contact. He appeared nervous and uncertain of his answers. I then asked him if he had medical papers documenting his
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injury and treatment. At first he did not answer, but when asked again, he stated: "well yeah, somewhere". I then told Staffin that I do not believe that he injured his wrist. I told him that I thought that bandage was fake and that he wrapped himself up in that bandage to make his story believable and make us believe that he did not point a gun at the juvenile. I then told Staffin that we need to recover the handgun. I told him that we just want to make the neighborhood safer and that by him giving me that handgun, the neighborhood would be safer. Staffin then stated: "you just want the handgun?" and I replied: "yes". He then stated: "okay, I have to tell you something: You are very good at your job, I will show you where the handgun is." He then stated: "it is just a pellet gun and I never was going to hurt anyone". He stated: "those kids harass me, they throw snowballs at my house and bother me. I know it was stupid and I am embarrassed. I want to tell you what happened. I just went out there with the gun to scare him from my yard, so I pointed it at him, and I took a swipe at him with my foot, but I don't think I even connected." He then asked: "Am I going to jail?". I responded by asking him what he thinks should happed to an adult who points a gun at a 12 y/o boy? He stated: "Well, I know it was wrong and I am extremely sorry for that. I was hoping that you could just warn me and I will apologize to the neighbors". As he was speaking, Staffin ripped off the fake bandage/splint and stated: "you are right, this was just part of the hoax". I asked Staffin if we could retrieve the pellet gun and he stated: "yeah, its downstairs". He then lead us down stairs and pointed to a compartment underneath an indoor spa. Officer Parch asked him if he may retrieve the gun and Staffin replied: "yeah, go ahead". Officer Parch retrieved the pellet gun from the compartment under the spa. The pellet gun is a Crosman .177 cal 357 pellet gun with a black barrel and plastic wood handles. It is a revolver style replica. The gun was photographed and placed into BPD Property/Evidence. I advised Staffin that he was under arrest for Felony Menacing and Harassment. Officer Xiong responded to the scene and transported Staffin to the Boulder County Jail.

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1805 33RD ST BOULDER, CO 80301
Report Type

03/10/2012

SUPPLEMENTAL
Officer

NIEDZIELSKI,MARK 303-441-3300 303-441-4330 Fax

Administrative Information
Agency Report No Supplement No Reported Date Reported Time CAD Call No

BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
Status Report Type

12-3230
Location Rep Dist Area

0002
Beat

03/10/2012
From Date

15:36
From Time

120020956

Cleared
City

Supplemental Information
ZIP Code

1940 TINCUP CT 04 BO04 03/09/2012
Assignment RMS Transfer

Boulder
Officer Assignment

80305
Entered by

BO04
Assignment

19:45
2nd Officer

5495/NIEDZIELSKI,MARK TARGET CRIME TEAM
Approving Officer

TARGET CRIME TEAM 5495 TARGET CRIME TEAM
Approval Time

BURICK,JOEL
Prop Trans Stat Property?

Successful

Successful

Yes

Approval Date

972

03/11/2012

00:32:26

Summary Narrative
This report is supplemental information to 12-3230.

Property
Item Agency Report No Original Incident Original supplement Involvement

1

BOULDER POLICE DEPARTMENT
In Custody? Security Tag No

12-3230
Item No

12-3230
Typ

0002
Cat

Evidence

Invl Date

03/10/2012
Item No/Desc Article

Yes

No

09019702

1 A PD Property
Entered Date Entered Time RMS Transfer

Digital SD disk with photos of pellet gun
NIBRS Type

Flash Card/Digital Memory
Control

OTHER 03/10/2012

15:45

Successful

5437 0310121627

Modus Operandi
Intel File? Other Property Attacked Physical Evidence Arson Inhabited?

No
Theft Type Vulnerability

NA
Oddity

Not Applicable
Study

Not Applicable
Victim's Race Victim's Sex

No
Victim's Age

Not Applicable Not Applicable

Not Applicable
Crime Code(s)

NA

UNKNOWN UNKNOWN UNKNOWN

Miscellaneous Crime Code (All others)

Narrative
On 03-10-2012, I, Ofc. Niedzielski, accompanied Sgt. Hartkopp, Ofc. Burick and Ofc. Parch to 1915 Tincup Ct. to attempt contact with Paul Staffin reference a felony menacing call from 03-09-2012. Sgt. Hartkopp and I provided perimeter security while Ofc. Burick and Ofc. Parch attempted contact at the front door. Ofc. Parch advised me that they were in contact with Staffin at approximately 1315 hrs. Sgt. Hartkopp and I then went to the front porch to provide cover if necessary. Ofc. Burick and Ofc. Parch spoke to Staffin inside the residence. After speaking to Staffin, Ofc. Burick asked if I could arrange for patrol to respond to the residence to transport Staffin to the jail. Staffin had led Ofc. Burick and Ofc. Parch to a pellet gun in his residence. Ofc. Parch had the weapon, and I received the weapon from Ofc. Parch to be placed into evidence. Ofc. Xiong arrived to transport Staffin to jail. I returned to the police department with the weapon. The weapon was a Crosman 357 .117 caliber pellet gun. The pellet gun was charged by a small carbon dioxide canister in the grip of the weapon. The weapon was photographed at the police department. The carbon dioxide canister was removed from the weapon to render the weapon safe. The weapon and the empty carbon dioxide canister were packaged in the same box. The weapon
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was entered into property and evidence under Ofc. Burick's supplemental report.

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