Suspect, Justin Pohlmann, accused of pistol-whipping, shooting at co-workers in Larimer County

Man allegedly attacked tree-cutting crew members

LARIMER COUNTY, Colo. - A 29-year-old man has been arrested and accused of pistol-whipping and firing shots at two co-workers on a tree-clearing crew in Larimer County, authorities said Monday.

Justin Kane Pohlmann is being held without bond at the Larimer County Jail on investigation of two counts of assault with a deadly weapon, two counts of menacing with a weapon and three counts of reckless endangerment.

The incident began Thursday, when a 34-year-old Denver woman with facial injuries reported to the sheriff's office that she had been attacked by a co-worker on a crew clearing trees on private property at 2468 Deer Park Drive in northern Larimer County.

The woman said she and a co-worker, later identified as Pohlmann, had an argument and he struck her in the face with a pistol and shot at her, Larimer County sheriff's Lt. John Feyen said.

During the investigation, deputies learned of a second victim, a 27-year-old Denver man, who said he'd been similarly attacked two days earlier by Pohlmann as they worked clearing trees at the Deer Park Drive property. The male victim said Pohlmann had struck him on the side of the head with a pistol and shot at him after an argument.

Investigators obtained an arrest warrant for Pohlmann and a search warrant for the property, which covers several acres and contains a trailer and a shed, Feyen said. On Saturday, SWAT teams from Larimer and Boulder counties executed both warrants and arrested Pohlmann on the property, Feyen said.

Pohlmann has been previously accused of violent crime.

In 2012, Pohlmann was arrested in Thornton on charges of attempted murder and assault with a deadly weapon causing serious bodily injury, according court records. However, he was acquitted on all charges after a jury trial in March 2013.  

In 2011, Pohlmann was arrested by the West Metro Task Force in Jefferson County on drug, theft and firearm charges, court records state. He pleaded guilty to misdemeanor possession of marijuana concentrate and was sentenced to a year of probation. The rest of the charges were dismissed.

Anyone with information regarding this incident or any crime is asked to call Larimer County Sheriff’s Office at 970-416-1985 or Crime Stoppers at 970-221-6868 where you will remain anonymous and possibly be eligible for a cash reward.

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