Crime

The 10 Most Disturbing Colorado Crimes of May

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According to the Larimer County Sheriff's Office, Joe Thompson reacted to a woman leaving his car in the midst of an argument in an extreme way.

By running over her.

Indeed, the woman is said to have wound up underneath the vehicle after the incident, in which Thompson, 32, faces a wide variety of charges — including child abuse, because a two-year-old was in the vehicle at the time.

The incident took place at approximately 6:52 a.m. on the 3400 block of West County Road 54G in the community of Laporte.


Read more in Woman Who Left Joe Thompson's Car During Fight Wound Up Underneath It

We've been keeping you updated on a home invasion in Golden during which suspects allegedly broke into the wrong house in search of $10,000 worth of drugs and cash.

During the incident, homeowner/middle-school teacher Jesse Swift was stabbed, as was one suspect, Caleb Williams.

The latest: Julia Johnson, thought to be the so-called getaway driver in the crime, has been taken into custody, joining Williams and a seventeen-year-old male who hasn't been identified thus far because of his age.


In the meantime, Swift is finally out of intensive care and continuing to heal, Williams is expressing regret about nearly taking the man's life, and a fourth suspect, Cody Jones, remains at large as of this writing.

Read more in Julia Johnson Busted in Home Invasion, Caleb Williams Sorry He Stabbed Teacher

We recently told you about three overnight homicides in Aurora — including a double murder at the Sunrise Apartments on 13th Avenue.

Now, the Aurora Police Department has made an arrest in the latter.

Ken Kaminga, 35, has been booked on suspicion of first-degree murder times two.

Read more in Ken Kaminga Busted for Aurora Double Murder

We've been reporting about the murder of Shane Richardson, which took place early on May 2 in an apartment over Rosenberg's Bagels & Deli.

After Richardson was killed, a fire was set in the apartment that forced Rosenberg's to close, and more than three weeks later, it still hasn't reopened — though a Facebook post notes that the deli's crew will be on hand at the Source Marketplace this Sunday, May 29.

In the meantime, there's been a break in the homicide case. Brian Pattison, a self-employed tattoo artist, has been arrested and charged in Richardson's death.

Read more in Tattoo Pro Brian Pattison Busted in Shane Richardson's Murder Over Rosenberg's

We hear all too often about teachers accused of having sex with underage students.

Indeed, in 2012, we published a roundup of five teacher-student sex allegations in Colorado, featuring the cases of Alexandra McLean, Courtney Bowles, Oscar Ponce, Zachary Meints and Tera Rawlings.

Nonetheless, the actions of Greeley's Katerina Bardos remain absolutely jaw-dropping.

Bardos has now been sentenced following guilty pleas related to felony child abuse and a criminal attempt to commit sexual assault on a child — a boy with whom she began a relationship when he was twelve.

Prosecutors say the two had sex forty to fifty times — and she reportedly supplied him with marijuana, too.

Read more in Teacher Katerina Bardos Guilty of 40-50 Sex Acts With Middle School Student

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