Group allegedly threatened by neighbor |

Group allegedly threatened by neighbor

Gary E. Salazar

— A 52-year-old Steamboat Springs man faces felony charges for allegedly threatening neighbors with a gun in a Sunday night incident police believe was racially motivated.

Larry Michael Keller faces charges of felony menacing and ethnic intimidation, which are class five felonies. The man also faces a charge of possession of a firearm while under the influence of alcohol.

Steamboat Springs police officers arrested Keller at gunpoint at about 6 p.m. at an apartment in the 3200 block of Apres Ski Way, Assistant Police Chief Art Fiebing said.

Keller was arrested after police received a report he allegedly threatened a group of Hispanics with a gun, Fiebing said. Keller’s neighbors were talking in the parking lot when the man allegedly walked out onto his patio and started being verbally abusive, he said.

Keller allegedly told the group they are “living in America” and they should “speak English,” Fiebing said.

The group later told police Keller allegedly came outside with a revolver and was holding it up in the air and spinning the cylinder, he said.

Once police arrived at the scene, officers with their guns drawn ordered an intoxicated Keller to come out of the apartment with his hands up.

“Keller did cooperate with the officers,” Fiebing said. “He was highly intoxicated.”

Inside Keller’s apartment, officers found a loaded .22-caliber revolver, Fiebing said.

Keller was booked into the Routt County Jail and refused to answer any questions by officers. Keller is being held without bond and will be advised of the charges today in Routt County Court.

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