A midvalley man is charged with felony trespassing after he allegedly walked into a family’s home Friday and threatened to kill their dog and call immigration authorities on them.
Instead, authorities were called about Matthew Goodwin, 30. A Lazy Glen resident dialed 911 at 5:37 p.m. and said that Goodwin went in the home’s front door and made the threat because the animal was off leash.
The 73-year-old man also told the 911 operator that Goodwin threatened to “kick your ass, you old man.”
The man told Grant Jahnke, a deputy with the Pitkin County Sheriff’s Office, that Goodwin was riding a skateboard “while toting his dog on a leash,” a police report says.
Goodwin told Jahnke that he had encountered a group of dogs near the man, who said when asked that they did not belong to him, the report says. The conversation between the man and Goodwin then ended, though the defendant remained on the scene. He allegedly said nothing about the family when speaking with the deputy.
The residents, however, told about Goodwin’s threats, including allegedly saying he would call “La Migra,” Spanish slang for immigration enforcement officers, on them.
“Goodwin had entered the front door of their house without permission to relay those threats to them,” Jahnke wrote. A teenager who lives there “did not open the door of the trailer for Goodwin nor did she invite him in.”
Several minutes later, Jahnke wrote, that he went to Goodwin’s home to speak with him again. This time, he allegedly said he went to family’s house to ask them to control their dog. He told Jahnke that he knocked on a wall next to the door because the door was slightly open and that he never entered the residence, the report says.
He also allegedly said that he merely warned the teen’s mother to keep the dog leashed and not let it roam freely.
Asked why he had not told Jahnke about going into the home during their earlier conversation, Goodwin “told me that he forgot,” the report says.
Goodwin was arrested without incident. He was advised of the felony trespassing charge Tuesday and released on a $2,500 bond. Judge Gail Nichols of Pitkin County District Court also signed a mandatory protection order preventing him from contacting the parties involved. Goodwin’s next court date is May 21.