$50K bond unchanged in attempted murder case


A Craig man who was arrested June 14 on allegations that he kidnapped and assaulted his former girlfriend was denied a request to lower his bond Friday.

Lyle Olsen, 42, faces charges of attempted first-degree murder and second-degree kidnapping and had a bond of $50,000.

Officers said that shortly after 11 p.m., they received a call regarding a domestic dispute in the 600 block of Yampa Avenue. When police arrived at the home, Olsen was coming out of the residence.

Police said Olsen did not see them, and when they approached him, they detained him without incident and entered the residence. When inside, they found the victim. Sgt. Bill Leonard of the Craig Police Department said the victim was "visibly shaken" by the incident.

The victim had visible injuries and was taken by ambulance to The Memorial Hospital, Leonard said. The victim was treated and released from the hospital June 15.

Leonard said the victim apparently went to Olsen's residence earlier June 14. After she arrived at the home, Olsen is alleged to have grabbed her and brought her into his house, police said.

Olsen allegedly would not let the victim leave and held her against her will, prompting the kidnapping charge, police said.

Leonard said Olsen choked the woman, threatened her with a handgun and a knife and injured her.

Olsen's lawyer argued that because he has lived in Craig for two long-term stints, he has family in the area, and he previously has been employed as a coal miner, his bail should be reduced.

Judge Mary Lynne James said that because of the severity of the charges, a Class 2 felony, she would keep his bond at $50,000.

Olsen is being held in the Moffat County Jail.

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