Steamboat man charged with stalking

Matt Stensland
Marc Peter
courtesy/ Routt County Sheriff’s Office

— Charges have been filed against a 44-year-old Steamboat Springs man who police believe was stalking a woman.

Marc P. Peter has been charged with felony stalking and intimidation. He was arrested Tuesday, and his bond was set at $2,000 by a judge.

Peter is being represented by Steamboat attorney Larry Combs. Combs said Peter denies doing anything wrong, and the charges were unfortunate.

“It’s a small town, and coincidental presence in different locations is not a crime,” Combs said.

The 55-year-old woman first reported encountering Peter on Jan. 11 at Safeway.

“She observed an unknown male in another checkout line staring at her,” Peter’s arrest warrant states. “She stated he kept looking at her and ‘became fixated’ on her and went on to say that the way he was staring at her made her ‘feel very uncomfortable.’”

The woman told police that she waited for Peter to drive out of the Safeway parking lot, and then she ran to her car. The woman said that when she was pulling out of the parking lot, she saw Peter’s truck behind her, and he followed her as she turned onto 11th Street downtown, the warrant states.

On Jan. 12, she saw Peter’s truck drive through the alley behind her residence on Yampa Street and again on Jan. 13. The woman said her “heart was pounding,” and before she got out of her garage, Peter got out of his truck and began walking toward her with his dog.

Peter “allowed the dog to approach her and then made the comment ‘my dog wants to come with you,’” the warrant states.

The woman also reported seeing Peter Jan. 14 at Natural Grocers. Later that day, Peter was parked outside the woman’s residence, the warrant states.

Police contacted Peter. He claimed he was waiting to pick up his daughter from the library and made “several contradictory statements to police,” the warrant states.

Police spoke with Peter’s ex-wife, and she said there were no arrangements for Peter to pick up his daughter at the library.

Peter is due back in court at 2 p.m. Wednesday.

To reach Matt Stensland, call 970-871-4247, email or follow him on Twitter @SBTStensland

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