A Denver Post sportswriter has been cited for keying a man's "brand new" truck during a parking dispute at Whole Foods in Boulder, police said.
Police cited Natalie Meisler, 60, for criminal mischief involving damaging someone's property during the Sunday incident in the supermarket lot at 2905 Pearl St., police said.
Reached by phone Tuesday, Meisler declined comment.
Robert Knight, 43, told police he was driving his 2011 silver Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with his wife and children as passengers about 5:45 p.m. Sunday when he spotted a parking space at Whole Foods and switched on his turn signal to enter it.
Then a woman driving a green Honda Civic pulled into the spot, he said.
Knight said he tapped his horn twice and gestured at his blinking turn signal, according to a police report. He said the woman flailed her arms and mouthed what he said was an obscene comment.
Yet, the woman pulled out of the parking spot, letting Knight park his truck there.
As Knight's wife shopped in Whole Foods, Knight sat with his children in the back seat of the parked truck, the police report said.
"Knight heard a grinding sound, turned around and saw Meisler ducked down
on the outside of Knight's vehicle at the right rear passenger door," the police report said. "He said that he could see her hands moving back and forth near the vehicle."
Knight later told police he didn't think Meisler could see people were in the truck because it has tinted rear windows.
Knight told police he got out of the truck and demanded, "What the (expletive) are you doing?"
Knight said Meisler replied, "You've just assaulted me. It's your word against mine," according to the police report
Knight said he never touched the woman. But he added that "his Tacoma was brand new and that he was very upset," the report said.
Knight called 911 and police said an officer spotted Meisler running east near a Barnes and Noble store.
An officer stopped Meisler and said he had to talk to her about a disturbance at the Whole Foods parking lot.
Meisler said a man had been abusive to her, calling her "a stupid (expletives)," and assaulted her by grabbing her upper left arm, the police report said. "Meisler said that she did not know why."
The officer asked the woman if it was possible that she had a dispute about a parking spot before the situation escalated.
"Meisler said that she remembered driving into a parking spot, and that there had been a big truck in the area at the time. Meisler did not say anything about a conflict," the police report said.
After the officer issued Meisler a summons, she asked for a police escort back to her car at Whole Foods, because "this guy was harassing, was stalking" her, the police report said. The officer told Meisler the other driver had already left and she was not given an escort.
Meisler covers college sports for the Post.
Under state law, criminal mischief is a misdemeanor offense if the damage is less than $500. But it can be a felony crime if the damage is more than $500.
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