Here at Schmuck of the Week HQ, we are frequently at a loss when it comes to figuring out what the hell some of our schmuck nominees were thinking.
Like, for instance, Daniel Ruiz.
Although he reportedly wanted to become a Denver cop, he wasn't welcomed to the force with open arms.
But instead of coming up with a different strategy or applying to another department, he allegedly posted randomly threatening or insane items on the police station's Facebook page, then drove onto its lawn and entered the building armed to the teeth.
The incident took place on February 23 at the District 4 station, and the probable cause statement in his name (and on view below) offers a straight-forward account of what went down.
According to the document, Ruiz — a glass installer by trade — illegally parked his New Mexico-plated ride just outside the station's door, then entered the lobby area wearing a tactical ballistic vest along with a "black Glock handgun in its holster, a knife and a loaded AR-15 assault rilfe slung over his shoulder."
Also in his possession: four loaded magazines and another Glock.
Fortunately, Ruiz didn't go in shooting. Instead, he walked up to the clerk at the desk and asked him to open the main entrance door to the station — presumably just after someone overhead him say, "Motherfuckers, watch what's going to happen."
Not much did. The clerk called for cover, and by the time other officers arrived in response to his request, Ruiz had put his vest and rifle on a table and taken a seat.
All was not forgiven. Ruiz was promptly arrested, and that's hardly a surprise, especially given the amount of manpower required to deal with the situation: The bomb squad had to check out his vehicle, crime-lab personnel had to process the scene and someone had to tow away his vehicle.
The report says it was taken to District 3 and "placed in a cage."
As for why Ruiz showed up dressed for war, 7News quotes a source with the Denver District Attorney's Office who says Ruiz "basically was complaining about not being considered as a potential Denver police officer."
He didn't just gripe about Denver's disinterest in person. The station reveals that he also placed at least a dozen public posts on the District 4 Facebook page, with messages like "Just wait til I fucking go back there. I can't wait for you to see what a man can do to another man."
Also shared was what's described as "the cartoon-like image of a military drill instructor pointing, with the caption, 'What the fuck is that?'"
A good question, and one Ruiz should have plenty of time to contemplate. He's been in custody on a $200,000 bond since his bust, and this week, he was formally charged with first-degree assault and menacing.
We sincerely doubt a job application is forthcoming.
Look below to see a 7News report, the probable cause statement and a larger version of Ruiz's booking photo.Send your story tips to the author, Michael Roberts.
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