BOULDER, Colo. - A former University of Colorado running back was arrested this weekend, suspected of stealing a car and then stopping at a crosswalk for the car's owner.
Davien Payne, 20, is in custody on suspicion of stealing a Black Jetta on University Hill, just blocks from the CU campus. He was dismissed from the CU football team this past spring.
Alex Walden and her boyfriend, Ryan Tippetts, first thought her Jetta was towed from 16th Street near Aurora Avenue early Saturday morning.
"We heard some music playing, coming out of nowhere. It seemed to be coming from a house, but it was my phone on the ground," said Walden. "The guy had chucked my phone out on the street and we heard the music."
She called police to report her car stolen. Minutes after she hung up, the couple walked across the street as a car slowed to let them pass.
Walden realized it was her Jetta with a man behind the wheel.
"'What are you doing?' I asked him, and he said, 'Uh, I'm trying to let you cross the street.' Cause he didn't put two-and-two together that I was the owner of the car he'd just stole," said Walden "I had my hand on the handle, he started drive away and then…"
"And then, I just jumped in through the passenger window and landed on his girlfriend's lap," said Tippetts.
According to the police report, a woman was in the passenger seat.
"He started driving away. My feet were hanging out the window," said Tippetts. "He started screaming at me, 'I'm going to shoot you, I'm going to shoot you. I'm going to kill you. Get out of my car.'"
Tippetts said the woman in the car started screaming. He said he made his way onto the center console to try to get Payne to stop the car.
"I had my hand on the steering wheel and my hand on his right hand, and so then he just started wailing on me with punches. He got me like 20 times," said Tippetts.
The car finally stopped and Payne took off running.
"He was telling me he was going to go call the cops on me for stealing his car," said Tippetts.
After taking punches to the face, Tippetts was taken to the hospital. He needed surgery for a broken larynx.
"Four titanium plates and like eight screws holding my throat together now," said Tippetts.
Payne was caught by officers in a nearby alley.
"I can't believe this idiot just came back to the scene of the crime," said Walden.
She told police she had her car key and did not have any spare keys inside the car.
According to the police report: "There was a key in the ignition of the vehicle that was collected for evidence. Walden stated she had never seen the key before and had no idea where it came from. She did state the key could have been hidden somewhere in the vehicle without her knowledge of it."
Payne told police he had called a friend for a ride and that she picked him up in a Black Jetta.
That friend told police that Payne told her he "had a car and was coming to pick her up."
Police said they had contacted Payne an hour earlier, just blocks from where he was later arrested for the auto theft. A resident had called police to report a man trying to open car doors on the street. An officer made contact with Payne, but since he did not have any stolen property and was not seen entering a car, he was let go after having his ID checked.
When Payne was arrested, police say he pushed an officer and struck the officer on the side of the face. He was arrested in an alley after hiding on someone's property. That property owner wanted Payne charged with trespassing.
Payne was charged with aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree assault, resisting arrest, obstruction of a peace officer and trespassing.