Telluride man threatens tourists, strips clothes, tells officers ‘shoot me or tase me’

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TELLURIDE, Colo. — A man was arrested and is facing multiple felonies after a manhunt that lasted several hours near Telluride on Saturday, the San Miguel County Sheriff’s Office said.

Dispatchers received a report from a tourist about 11 a.m. Saturday of man who was threatening to kill him while he was taking photos by the Rock of Ages trailhead near Mount Wilson and Wilson Peak off Silverpick Road.

The man said he was able to drive away uninjured as the suspect swung a club at him and his vehicle.

Deputies searched the area for more than an hour, then left briefly to wait for backup.

Another call was received by dispatchers on a report of three motorcyclists being threatened by a man wielding a large knife. Deputies believed the suspect was the same man with the club.

The deputies returned and set up a perimeter around the area and checked all vehicles. Deputies said they found a car stripped of any identifiers, including a license plate and VIN number.

A driver in the area stopped a deputy to report seeing a suspicious man hiding in the bushes, the sheriff’s office said. As deputies approached the area, the man was found in the middle of the road.

A deputy attempted to get the suspect to surrender, and even at gunpoint, the man refused to do so, the sheriff’s office said.

Instead, the man threw a baseball-sized rock at the deputy, then disrobed to his underwear, repeatedly shouting, “Shoot me or tase me,” the sheriff’s office said.

Ultimately, a stun gun was used and the man was subdued by deputies.

The suspect, who was not identified, was booked in the San Miguel County Jail under a $60,000 bond.

He’s facing charges of first-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of attempted second-degree assault on a police officer, four counts felony menacing for actions with public, and others.

Anyone near Rock of Ages in the past couple of days who possibly encountered the man is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 970-728-1911.