Officials search for man convicted of assault

Warrant issued for failing to appear for verdict


— A Moffat County District Court judge issued a bench warrant Wednesday afternoon for a 41-year-old Craig man's arrest after he failed to appear in court for a jury verdict.

Steve Tamlin, who has an extensive criminal record dating back to at least 1991, according to Moffat County court records, was charged with second-degree assault, two counts of intimidating a witness/victim and a crime of violence sentence enhancer.

After deliberations, the jury found Tamlin guilty of the assault charge and the crime of violence sentence enhancer. He was found innocent on one count of witness/victim intimidation and the court dismissed the second during trial.

About midway through deliberations, the jury had a question for the court. The judge, attorneys and Tamlin were requested to come back to court, only Tamlin did not return for either the question or the verdict several hours later.

Michael O'Hara, chief judge of the 14th Judicial District, issued a warrant to the Moffat County Sheriff's Office for Tamlin's arrest.

A second-degree assault conviction along with the crime of violence sentence enhancer carries a mandatory Department of Corrections sentence, Deputy District Attorney Jeremy Snow said.

According to court records, Tamlin has prior convictions for an assortment of charges, including burglary, assault, domestic violence, violating a protection order, escape, criminal mischief and menacing, among others.

Tamlin, according to the criminal complaint, caused serious injury to a man Aug. 26, 2007.

The complaint also alleges Tamlin attempted to influence through "threat, act of harassment, or act of harm or injury to a person or property," two people - the victim and another man. The two men were listed on the criminal complaint as potential witnesses for trial.

Sheriff Tim Jantz and Capt. Bill Leonard, of the Craig Police Department, said a bulletin has been posted for patrol deputies and officers about the warrant on Tamlin.

"My guys have been by his house and all known locations," Jantz said. "They are actively looking for him."

"Any time we have an active warrant," Leonard said, "we're checking different places."

One person has requested increased patrols around his or her residence regarding Tamlin, the sheriff said.

When asked whether Tamlin could be charged with additional offenses for failing to appear, Snow had no comment.

Joshua Roberts can be reached at 875-1791, or


Ray Cartwright 8 years, 11 months ago

I just did a search for Steve Hamlin. Imagine finding a list of problems for this man back as far as 2005..... Kind of makes me wonder if he should have been in custody instead of wandering the streets. ????Craigs Finest At Their Best again????


whoyagonnacall 8 years, 11 months ago

Well, if Craig's finest were to work the way you type, yeah, you could say that. It is Steve Tamlin, not Hamlin. As far as "Craig's Finest At Their Best again???" Absolutely. When I was there as one of them, Tamlin was a regular customer and I personally put him away for several stints in DOC. It is not "Craig's Finest" who are letting this guy back out on the streets, it is the court & parole systems with light sentences and early release.

Before you spout off, you might want to get some facts.


lonelyone 8 years, 11 months ago

They did put it in the paper version. I had thought the same thing myself tho, "Where's the picture so we can see this guy and know if we spot him to call the Police." He's probably long gone by now tho.


gobroncos 8 years, 11 months ago

Steve has been in and out of jails and prison his whole life. Once a con always a con. I bet he is long gone from Moffat County. He knows the system way to well...


Taylor 8 years, 11 months ago

He sure didn't get far (273 miles). Not a criminal myself, but I think if I were, I would have headed to a big city somewhere east. Of course, if he had a lick of sense, I guess he wouldn't be a criminal in the first place.


Ray Cartwright 8 years, 11 months ago

Long gone but I would venture to bet that he doesn't stay gone for long. He has it to easy with the courts in Craig.


valleylocal 6 years, 5 months ago

Sounds like your Father has been trying to 'change' for 19 years...WOW! Must be impossible to break bad habits and act like a regular citizen.


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