Vandal gets wish: Jail time


An 18-year-old Craig woman was arrested Saturday after she admitted to smashing windows and jumping on the hoods of two police cars in an attempt to get into the Moffat County Jail and contact her ex-boyfriend.

Megan R. Valenzuela is being held on $5,000 bail for charges of criminal mischief, obstructing government operations and tampering with a motor vehicle.

Valenzuela was first noticed July 29 throwing rocks at the north side of the jail and told police that she wanted to be arrested and put into jail so she could "see her ex-boyfriend and kick his a--," according to court documents.

Two Colorado State Patrol cars that were in the parking lot of the Moffat County Public Safety Center suffered up to $4,000 in damages in the early morning hours Friday, Capt. Gary Torgerson said.

Valenzuela's ex-boyfriend is Jonathan Crook, who has been booked in the Moffat County Jail on charges stemming from a July 26 domestic disturbance and a 12-hour standoff with police. During the standoff, Crook was allegedly armed with a sawed-off shotgun.

Valenzuela told police at that time that she had been Crook's girlfriend for a year and she said in an affidavit that he had choked her, hit her in the eye with his fist and threw a beer bottle that hit her head early July 26.

Valenzuela called 911 at about 12:30 p.m. on Saturday from the Barclay residence and asked dispatch if there was warrant out for her arrest. After police showed up at the house, she asked if had they had come to arrest her. Valenzuela told police she had hit the police vehicles with a hammer about 15 times and jumped on the hoods because she was angry that she could not talk to Crook, according to the affidavit.

Valenzuela told police she had been drinking Friday night and was high on methamphetamine after a man gave her a "big bag" and she ate the whole bag.

Craig Police Sgt. Bill Leonard said he couldn't recall a similar incident in which someone committed and admitted to a crime to get into jail.

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