The suspect who Boulder police believe to be the man who hid in a portable toilet at a weekend yoga festival is under arrest.
Luke Irvin Chrisco, 30, was being held at the Vail Police Department Thursday evening after being arrested by Vail police on a traffic charge earlier in the day.
The traffic stop stemmed from an incident at a Vail gas station after witnesses reported that Chrisco had been panhandling.
Boulder detectives received more than a dozen tips regarding the case, and investigators were looking for Chrisco in Boulder. Vail and Avon police stopped Chrisco on Interstate 70 during their investigation of the panhandling incident, and an officer realized that he resembled the portable toilet suspect. A Boulder police department detective interviewed Chrisco Thursday afternoon and arrested him on charges related to the yoga festival incident.
On June 17, a woman entered a portable toilet at the Hanuman Yoga Festival in Boulder. She noticed movement in the tank when she lifted the lid and immediately left and asked a nearby man for help.
The man entered the portable toilet and said he saw the suspect hiding inside the tank. The man left and the suspect locked himself inside, and then attempted to leave after about 10 minutes, police said. A security supervisor for the festival was waiting, and although she tried to stop him, the suspect ran away.
Police have been searching for the suspect since the incident.
Chrisco is being held for investigation of unlawful sexual contact and criminal invasion of privacy. Chrisco will remain in the custody of the Vail Police Department until he posts bond. If he does not post bond, he will be transferred to the Eagle County Jail.
Bond for the traffic offense in Vail is set at $1,000. Bond for the Boulder charges is set at $1,500. Chriscos booking photo was not be released, pending further investigation.
Boulder Police Chief Mark Beckner thanked the public for providing valuable information to detectives.
"We are grateful to the public for helping us resolve this disgusting case in an expeditious manner. They gave us a number of tips which pointed us in the right direction. Our gratitude also extends to the Vail and Avon police departments for their assistance."
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