Police: Man hid guns along Spring Creek
A Louisville man was arrested Saturday morning after police said he had hidden two firearms about 5 yards off of Spring Creek Trail.
Chadwick Lee Wells, 36, was arrested on suspicion of illegal possession of weapons and reckless endangerment.
On a tip from the man’s girlfriend, police found a .22-caliber Marlin Rifle and Bryco Arms .25-caliber semi-automatic handgun about five yards from the well-traveled trail and in plain view, Steamboat Springs police Capt. Joel Rae said.
Each of the firearms had a round in the chamber, and next to them sat a black sack full of ammunition. The guns were about 50 yards from the road and tucked into bushes along the trail. The rifle was wrapped in a dark blue towel, and the handgun was sitting in plain view.
Wells and his girlfriend, Cindi Johnson, 34, of Louisville, had gone to the Steamboat Springs Police Department on Friday worried that they were being followed.
Wells told police a Mexican gangster had been following them and had been trying to kill them for eight years, Rae said.
The couple said a man followed them down Rabbit Ears Pass and that they thought he had pointed a gun at them.
At the end of the conversation, Johnson asked whether Wells could purchase a firearm for protection even though he was a convicted felon. Wells was convicted of first-degree criminal trespassing in Boulder County in 1997, Rae said. The police department said he couldn’t because it is illegal for a convicted felon to possess a firearm.
About a half an hour later, Johnson came back and said Wells had firearms in the vehicle but that he had hidden them in a park near the Steamboat Springs High School before coming to the police department, Rae said. Wells later said the firearms belonged to Johnson and that she was the one who had hidden them.
The police found the firearms along Spring Creek Trail and arrested Wells. He was released on a $1,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in Routt County Court on June 22.
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