A CIA contractor who caused an international stalemate after he shot and killed two men in Pakistan was charged with a felony after he was arrested over the weekend for fighting over a parking spot in Highlands Ranch.
Raymond Davis, 37, was arrested Saturday morning on charges of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct, both misdemeanors.
However, on Monday the district attorney's office formally charged Davis with second-degree assault, a felony, based on the severity of the victim's injuries.
He was also formerly charged with disorderly conduct and a violent crime count, which is not an independent charge, but modifies any potential sentence for the assault, according to Casimir Spencer, spokeswoman for the 18th Judicial District Attorneys Office.
Assault in the second-degree, with a crime of violence designation, carries a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in the Department of Corrections and up to 16 years in the Department of Corrections, with an additional mandatory parole period of three years.
Disorderly conduct carries a maximum sentence of up to six months in county jail.
Davis appeared in a Castle Rock courtroom Monday morning but is expected to appear in court again on Tuesday morning to hear about the felony charge.
Davis is currently out on $1,750 bond.
The fight took place outside an Einstein Bros. Bagel shop in Highlands Ranch Town Center.
"He literally parked his car behind me and started shouting at me and I says, 'You need to relax.' And he got out of the car," Jeff Maes told 7NEWS. "When I got hit, I went back, I hit my back straight on the concrete and then, I don't know, I must've got up. I looked, he's standing there and I got up to defend myself and started again."
Maes said his daughters, ages 6 and 8, cried after witnessing the fight but Maes didn't learn until afterward that his alleged attacker also worked for the CIA.
"I thought to myself, he's a pretty tough guy. I guess I'm somewhat grateful there's five men that broke it up," Maes said, adding that he spent most of the afternoon at Sky Ridge Medical Center.
Raymond Davis as he is being led to prison in Pakistan.
"Well, actually I was there for six hours and they took some x-rays and cat scans and said that I have an injury to my back," Maes said. "I've never been knocked out. But to get hit over a parking spot? That's kind of ridiculous."
His wife was equally surprised to learn about the suspect's employment record.
"Strength under control I think is a good, uh, motto to have here. I think all people should bear that in mind. Even if they're strong, they should have it under control," Jacqueline Maes said.
Deputies with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office were called around 9 a.m.
Davis informed responding deputies who he was and said that the press would be following this and he would appreciate it if authorities kept his arrest out of the press, according to sources.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office treated his arrest like any other case, but once they confirmed his identity, the sheriff's office had to follow protocol and notify Colorado's highest ranking law enforcement office, the Colorado Department of Public Safety.
7NEWS tried to contact Davis at his Highlands Ranch home, but his wife said he wasn't home and that they might make a statement later.
Davis Freed In March After 'Blood Money' Paid To Families
Davis was jailed in a Pakistani prison on Jan. 27, after he shot and killed two Pakistani men as he sat in his car.
Davis, a 36-year-old Virginia native, said he shot the two men in self-defense as they tried to rob him in late January. He claimed the two men attacked him as he drove through a busy Lahore neighborhood.
He was charged with two counts of murder in March and then released after the families of the two Pakistanis he killed pardoned him in exchange for compensation or "blood money."
The payment of "blood money" to the families, sanctioned under Pakistani law, was considered by Davis' attorney as the best way to get out of the crisis.
The killings triggered a fresh wave of anti-American sentiment in Pakistan and were testing an alliance seen as key to defeating al-Qaida and ending the war in Afghanistan.
The tensions were especially sharp between the CIA and Pakistan's powerful Inter Services Intelligence, its spy agency, which said it did not know Davis was operating in the country. One ISI official said the agency had backed the "blood money" deal as way of soothing tensions.
The United States initially described Davis as either a U.S. consular or embassy official, and claimed he had diplomatic immunity. But officials later acknowledged he was working for the CIA, confirming suspicions that had aired in the Pakistani media.
7NEWS confirmed Davis owns a security company called Hyperion Protective Consultants, which is contracted to do work for the U.S. government. He used to work for Blackwater as a security employee.
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