Update: The troubles faced by head-injured Boulder Police officer Christian McCracken continue to mount.
Now, in addition to charges (including attempted first-degree murder) related to his alleged stalking of a Boulder dispatcher, he's facing drug allegations related to Schedule III narcotics concealed in a Skittles bag.
As we've reported, McCracken went on leave with the Boulder Police Department last year after sustaining a head injury from a man who refused to pay his $3 bar tab at The Sink restaurant. He's accused of harassing the aforementioned dispatcher and a male colleague -- a situation came to a head in late April. At that point, police believe McCracken retrieved personal guns being stored at the BPD station with the intent of killing both dispatchers and then committing suicide.
McCracken was arrested by Broomfield Police on April 28. The next day, says Commander Jeff Satur of the Longmont Police Department, McCracken's roommates called the LPD and gave officers an envelope that had been delivered to their Longmont home. "Inside that envelope was a Skittles package," Satur says. "And inside that were narcotics" -- specifically Acetaminophen/Hydrocodone and Vicodin/Loratab tablets.
Any chance these medications had been prescribed? "We wouldn't have charged him if they were prescribed," Satur says.
As such, two new allegations have been set before McCracken -- possession of a Schedule III controlled substance and conspiracy to obtain a Schedule III controlled substance. Both are misdemeanors.
Satur stresses that the investigation into this matter is ongoing. Look below for our previous coverage.
Update 11:05 p.m. May 3: Yesterday, we shared the strange story of Boulder Police officer Christian McCracken, who was charged with stalking and harassing his former girlfriend; see our original coverage below. Now, however, the accusation against him has been upgraded to attempted first-degree murder, because he talked about killing the woman and her friend, both of whom are BPD dispatchers.
Last summer, as we previously reported, McCracken sustained a head injury at the hands of Trevan Hunter, a University of Colorado student who'd refuse to to leave The Sink, a popular Boulder restaurant, or pay his bar tab, which added up to a whopping $3. He was subsequently put on leave with the Boulder Police. More recently, his girlfriend told police, his behavior became increasingly troubling.
This past March, McCracken reportedly told the woman he wanted to break up, but appears to have immediately regretted this pronouncement. In the weeks that followed, he's accused of following her, threatening the dispatcher with whom he suspected she was canoodling, retrieving personal guns he'd left at the police station and telling his roommate, a fellow cop, of a plan to kill the male dispatcher in front of the woman, then shoot her to death before committing suicide.
While McCracken was originally charged only with felony stalking and harassment, the investigation continued, with the Boulder cops eventually determining that he had "taken a significant step toward committing a homicide against the new boyfriend," according to a department release. Shortly thereafter, the Boulder District Attorney's Office determined that there was probable cause to obtain an arrest warrant for attempted first-degree murder.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner offers the following statement: "While we are concerned and saddened by the need to arrest one of our own officers, we are primarily focused with the safety of our employees and members of the community. As information became available, it became increasingly apparent that we needed to act quickly. Our detectives, in partnership with the District Attorney's Office, did a great job in putting this case together."
This morning, McCracken was arrested at the Broomfield County Jail on new charges -- one count of attempted first-degree murder and harassment, plus two stalking counts. His bond has been set at $500,000.
Get more details in our previous coverage, seen here.
Original item, 10:53 a.m. May 2: Last week, the Broomfield Police Department shared info about the arrest of Christian McCracken, 32, for stalking, harassment and domestic violence. But the BPD release left out some key factoids, including McCracken's status as a Boulder Police officer, as well as info about guns, threats of violence and suicide, and a head injury delivered by a guy who didn't want to pay his $3 bar tab.
On a Sunday night in August, the Camera reports, McCracken was called to The Sink, the Boulder restaurant President Barack Obama visited before speaking at CU-Boulder in April. There, he encountered Trevan Hunter, a CU student who allegedly refused to leave the bar or pony up the $3 he owed -- and when the manager tried to escort him out, he received numerous blows to the head for his trouble.
McCracken got pretty much the same treatment. Hunter, who was on probation for driving while ability impaired, is said to have socked him in the noggin so hard that the officer actually lost consciousness.
Earlier this year, Hunter pleaded guilty to third-degree assault on a police officer, an offense that could earn him up to four years behind bars.
In the meantime, McCracken went on medical leave due to the injuries he sustained, with his girlfriend, a Boulder Police dispatcher, helping to care for him during his convalescence. Of late, however, she told investigators that McCracken had started acting oddly, as if he'd lost touch with reality.
His behavior was reportedly strange when it came to their relationship as well. McCracken is said to have called about ending the pairing in March, then changed his mind -- and when she didn't welcome him back, he responded with multiple text messages (as many as twenty per day), plus lots of phone calls and Facebook posts.
Things got weirder the following month, when the dispatcher began to fear McCracken was following her, apparently because he thought her friendship with a fellow dispatcher was something more. That led to an alleged threat against the male dispatcher delivered by McCracken after he pounded on her door last Thursday.
These words became even more chilling the next day, when McCracken is accused of grabbing two of his guns being stored at the police station and telling the fellow Boulder cop with whom he lived that he was going to murder the dispatcher while his ex watched, then shoot her dead and commit suicide.
Before any of these acts took place, the cop persuaded McCracken to check himself into a hospital -- and he was arrested there later that evening.
Can McCracken's behavior be definitively traced to being socked by Hunter? The police report raises questions. He claimed to have post-traumatic stress disorder as a result of his time with the Marines, and he allegedly stalked and planned to kill his former wife long before he blacked out at The Sink.
According to the Camera, McCracken is expected to appear in court tomorrow -- the same day as Hunter is slated for sentencing.
Here's a larger look at McCracken's mug shot.
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