Music festival attendee suspected of chasing dog, breaking into car |

Music festival attendee suspected of chasing dog, breaking into car

STEAMBOAT SPRINGS — A 36-year-old New Mexico man was arrested Tuesday morning following a strange encounter with police.

Lawrence Bramer faces a charge of second-degree criminal trespassing.

Lawrence Bramer

Steamboat Springs police were called at about 9 a.m. Tuesday after a woman in the 3100 block of Ingles Lane said Bramer chased the woman and tried to steal her dog.

Police contacted Bramer, and they suspected he was impaired because the volume of his voice fluctuated and he mumbled his words.

Police believe Bramer was visiting Steamboat to attend the WinterWonderGrass music festival.

Bramer told police he was looking for his friend's dog and thought the dog he was chasing belonged to his friend.

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According to an arrest affidavit, Bramer was confused about where he was staying, but police let him go because he had not broken any laws.

Police contacted Bramer again when he appeared confused.
Bramer identified a car that he said belonged to him, and he tried to enter a condo by punching in a code and by using a key but neither worked. He also knocked on the door, but no one answered.

Bramer then walked away with a snowboard that was leaning against the wall.

Police were able to contact the owner of the snowboard and the car that Bramer said belonged to him.

Police became concerned and planned to take Bramer to detox.

While waiting for another police officer to arrive, Bramer walked over to the car he said belonged to him.

Police warned Bramer not to get into the car or he would be arrested.

According to the affidavit, Bramer opened the car, leaned in and then began to remove a bag of stuff.
Police were able to pull Bramer out of the car, and he was taken to Routt County Jail.

Bramer bonded out of jail. His phone number was not listed, and he could not be reached for comment.

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