KOA radio host arrested for domestic violence

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DENVER -- A Denver radio host was arrested for domestic violence on Sunday, the Denver Police Department said.

KOA news radio host Steffan Tubbs has been a regular fixture on the station's morning news show for nearly 12 years.

Tubbs was arrested by Denver police at 9:50 a.m. Sunday morning at Platform At Union Station apartments at 1650 Wewatta St. in downtown Denver. He has been charged with domestic violence, disturbance via phone.

The 48-year-old has made a career in Denver radio, sharing news, information and occasional zaniness with listeners.

"Over text. But he does say he's on his way to her apartment," a dispatcher said on the Radio Reference website.

"She's inside the apartment. He does have a conceal and carry permit, usually keeps a 9-millimeter in his car," the dispatcher said.

Legal expert David Beller said the charge means a suspect is accused of using a telephone to harass a victim.

"Certainly saying terrible and harassing things to somebody via text message could be disturbance by telephone. It's difficult to know the exact words based on the arrest alone. But certainly this was not a friendly hello," Beller said.

He said Colorado is a mandatory arrest state. So if police are called and there’s probable cause, someone is going to jail.

Then, a mandatory restraining order is put in place barring contact with the victim and her contacts.

A suspect must also appear before a judge before being allowed to bond out of jail.

"The law wants to allow a cooling-off period. The last thing the law wants is an individual to be immediately released from custody while emotions and anxiety and tensions are still running high," Beller said.

KOA had no comment on the arrest.

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