Justin Pohlmann, Accused Work-Crew Pistol Whipper: His Past Brushes With the Law

A work crew hired to clear trees isn't the most likely target for violence -- but Larimer County Sheriff's Office reps believe not one but two people employed in this capacity were victims of pistol whippings and fired shots courtesy of Denver's Justin Pohlmann.

Turns out Pohlmann's had previous brushes with the law, including an attempted murder charge for which he was acquitted. More details below.

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According to the LCSO, the first incident took place on private property near mile marker 19 on Cherokee Park Road, an area largely unrecorded by the folks at Google Maps. Here's a look at one of the few spots along the route that's been recorded for posterity:

The 34-year-old female crew member who contacted deputies says she got into an argument with a co-worker later identified as Pohlmann, and he responded by hitting her in the face with a pistol and firing a shot in her direction.

That was more than enough to justify an investigation -- and before long, the LCSO account notes that a 27-year-old from Denver on the same crew subsequently surfaced with a similar story. First, an argument with Pohlmann. Then a blow from the pistol along the side of his head and a shot fired.

At that point, investigators obtained a search warrant, and with an assist from SWAT teams affiliated with Boulder County and Larimer County, they executed it on Saturday.

Pohlmann has now been charged with two counts apiece of second-degree assault and felony menacing, as well as three reckless endangerment beefs.

He's faced such allegations in the past. In 2011, 7News reports, Pohlmann was arrested by Jefferson County law enforcers, who charged him with counts related to drugs, theft and firearms. In the end, though, he pleaded guilty only to misdemeanor possession of marijuana concentrate and was sentenced to a year's probation. And the following year, in another incident, prosecutors in Thornton accused him of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon. But in March 2013, a jury acquitted him.

Will the same thing happen again? Too soon to tell -- but the LCSO is encouraging anyone with additional information about the case to call the office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868. In the meantime, Pohlmann remains in Larimer County jail; he's being held without bond.

Here's a larger look at his booking photo.

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