Craig man arrested on felony robbery, kidnapping charges
A Craig man is accused of felony robbery, kidnapping and a slew of misdemeanor charges after his former lover supposedly broke up with him in public on Victory Way.
Michael Bravo, 33, of Craig, was arrested Tuesday morning on felony charges of robbery, second-degree kidnapping, and misdemeanor charges of harassment (following in a public place), harassment (shove), third-degree assault, and domestic violence.
According to an arrest affidavit from Craig Police Department, officers received a call on Monday about 6 p.m. regarding a possible domestic violence incident at the Bank of Colorado. After responding to the area, the affidavit said dispatch told police a possible victim was at the Ocean Pearl where the victim soon told police they had recently moved with Bravo from Denver to Craig in February.
“Earlier that day, (the victim) said that Michael hit (the victim) in the head against a dresser while they were in their apartment and there had been prior domestic violence incidents in the past going all the way back to when they lived in Denver,” the affidavit said.
Officers confirmed the victim had a bump on their head as a result of the incident.
The victim said that Bravo was nice the first “month-and-a-half” they dated, but it had “escalated.”
The victim also showed officers bruises allegedly from past incidents.
The victim then told police what happened outside the Bank of Colorado before they arrived. The victim said they told Bravo they no longer wanted to be in a relationship with him.
Bravo didn’t seem to like this and threw a rock at the victim, which the victim said missed. Bravo then allegedly threw a water bottle at the victim, which the affidavit said didn’t miss, hitting the victim in the shoulder.
Bravo wasn’t done, catching up to the victim as they walked away, reaching out to grab the victim “by the back of the neck and controlled the direction that (the victim) was walking.”
The victim said they entered the Bank of Colorado to try and get Bravo to stop, but that “he did not give a (expletive),” allegedly spitting on the victim before taking the victim’s phone and purse.
Craig police said they spoke to several witnesses who saw Monday’s altercation and also obtained surveillance video of the incident. The affidavit said at least one witness saw Bravo pick up the victim, then put them down after being kicked.
Craig police said they interviewed a witness at the bank who heard the victim say, “No, I don’t want to be with you!”
Officers later made contact with Bravo at their apartment and located the victim’s purse and cell phone, which police said had been disassembled. Bravo also denied having a confrontation with the victim before officers took him into custody, according to the affidavit.
Bravo said little when he appeared via video conference Tuesday before Judge James Garrecht’s Moffat County Courtroom in a black tank top with hair pulled back.
Garrecht enacted a restraining order against Bravo allowing for no contact with the victim, no possession of firearms, no alcohol or controlled substances possession. The prosecution requested a $5,000 cash or surety bond due to history of failure to appear and Bravo’s long criminal history which includes assault with injury using a weapon, burglary, felony possession of a controlled substance, two menacing felonies, and a felony aggravated robbery, among other convictions.
A bond of $1,500 was requested by Bravo’s appointed defense attorney, who said Bravo has an upcoming job interview and his criminal history was from several years ago.
Judge Garrecht set Bravo’s bond at $5,000.
“You are to have no contact with (the victim)” Judge Garrecht said before setting Bravo’s next court appearance for 9:30 a.m. May 13.
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