Bizarre Colorado crimes inspiring copycats?
Luke Irvin Chrisco, who became known last summer as the Boulder porta-potty peeper, has been found competent to stand trial -- even if it seems like no person in his right mind would choose such a venue to get his creep on. But strange as that was, someone else pulled a similar stunt, proving that no Colorado crime is too weird to copy. Here are three recent examples.
Number 3: Let's get this potty started
The aforementioned Mr. Chrisco, who's been known to go by the nickname "Skye," made international headlines last year after he was arrested for peeping at women at a Boulder yoga festival -- from inside a porta-potty tank..
Here's an animated video reenactment of the incident:
Chrisco faces multiple counts of burglary and unlawful sexual contact; he is scheduled to be arraigned on August 10.
And now we have number two in the porta-potty-peeper brigade.
Last week, a 29-year-old-man in Brunswick, Maine, was taken into custody after he was found at the bottom of a portable toilet on a disc golf course. Even before he was located in this peculiar hiding place, witnesses say the man was acting erratically -- rolling in the mud and knocking over trash cans. After a high-pressure spray down, he was taken to a nearby hospital.
Page down for our next bizarre copycat crime. Number 2: The do-it-yourself strip search
The man from Maine is not the only person whose antics landed him in the psych ward. In April, a fuming woman at Denver International Airport stripped after she was told to extinguish a cigarette. Here's photographic proof.
Photo courtesy of 7News
The woman was taken to a hospital and never publicly identified.
Fifty-year-old John E. Brennan was not so lucky. Angered by his treatment by the TSA at Portland International Airport, he disrobed in protest, as camera phones that were not already going through security caught all the action. Here's an example:
Brennan was charged with indecent exposure -- but earlier this month, Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge David Reeds ruled his act was a true protest, and thus protected speech. As a result, he was found not guilty.
Page down for our next bizarre copycat crime. Number 1: Skirting the law
This copycat act stayed inside Colorado. First up is Joshua Vohs, a Grand Junction weirdo who was accused of attaching a camera to his shoe so that he could shoot up women's skirts at a local grocery store.
Here's a photo of Vohs not taken at floor level:
As we reported in June, Vohs took a plea agreement, admitting guilt to one count of unlawful sexual content -- a misdemeanor. That limited the amount of time Mesa County Judge Craig Henderson could hand him to two years, much to his chagrin. The judge said that "short of actual penetration, this was a sexual assault" and wished he could put him under a lifetime's worth of sex-offender supervision.
Just days later, Allen Carter was arrested for allegedly videotaping women on the 16th Street mall -- from under their skirts -- with a camera tucked inside a backpack he put on the floor of a 16th Street Mall shuttle.
Here's the 9News report on the crime:
According to the station, a shuttle passenger felt the backpack brushing up against her leg repeatedly and notified police. Carter faces a class one misdemeanor, for three counts of unlawful sexual contact.
In Colorado, it seems, copycats have nine lives.
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