Kidnap suspect wore chain mail, made death threats in past

10:52 AM, Jun 29, 2010   |    comments
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Boulder County Sheriff's deputies arrested Joseph Scott Carter on Monday afternoon while he was walking along the Peak to Peak Highway. A spokesperson for the sheriff's office says it appeared as if Carter had been living in the area for several weeks.

Carter is expected in a Boulder courtroom Tuesday afternoon.

Four months ago, the Longmont Police Department says they ran into Carter while the 42-year-old man was wearing a "chain mail hood (and) chain mail body armor" while threatening to kill a one-time co-worker.

When officers approached the clearly very agitated Carter in February, "Carter continued to repeat that he was going to kill (the co-worker), and nothing we did would stop that," according to a Longmont Police report.

One officer noted, "Based on my prior experiences with Joe I know him to be antagonistic and unstable. Joe is very scared of any government employee. The last time I met Joe he was forecasting a government collapse."

They say Carter was working selling rugs and was living in the Longmont business at the time.

Carter is currently being held at the Boulder County Jail for allegedly kidnapping two people who were hiking along the Peak to Peak Highway over the weekend.

A 32-year-old Fort Collins woman and a 44-year-old Berthoud man said the suspect fired one shot and tied them to trees Saturday while they were hiking near Nederland's Rainbow Lakes.

The man freed himself and ran for help. Officials say the assailant released the woman. The man suffered bruised wrists and a cut leg. The woman was unharmed.

The names of the victims have not been released. 

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