Steve Jackson, ex-Westword staffer, threatened in crime spree: "Drop the f*cking phone"

Categories: Colorado Crimes

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Steve Jackson in an image from 9News. More photos and images below.
Steve Jackson is singularly qualified to recap at least part of a crazy Jefferson County crime spree involving a couple busted on charges including robbery, vehicle theft, burglary and attempted murder. A former Westword staff writer (here's his author page), Jackson is a crime-book author of national renown -- and his account of what happened, shared on his Facebook page, is as vivid and exciting as expected. See it along with photos, video and details below.

See also: George Roloff, guilty in bizarre crime spree, inspired by fears of witchcraft?

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Screen captures from 9News coverage.
According to 9News, the incident got underway around 2:40 p.m. yesterday, when a man and a woman identified as a juvenile traveling in a Ford Crown Victoria were pulled over by a Jefferson County deputy.

The man handed over his driver's license, but as the deputy was checking it, he hit the gas and took off.

The deputy didn't immediately pursue owing to Jeffco's car-chase protocol, which seeks to avoid such incidents unless it's determined that members of the public are endangered -- and such evidence surfaced about half an hour later. That's when the couple allegedly carjacked another vehicle, a blue Subaru, and split, only to crash the car shortly thereafter.

This mishap led to another: The couple is said to have swiped a white truck from a home on the 26000 block of Centennial trail, then wrecked it as well.

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By this point, the pair were being tracked not only by a legion of Jeffco authorities, but also by a local media helicopter. However, Jackson got a closer view of the action -- because the young woman knocked on his door, beginning a sequence of events that didn't end until he was facing the business end of a rifle.

As Jackson tells it, he had returned home after losing not one but two softball games and was working around 3 p.m. when "a young woman with a bad wig" knocked on his door. Jackson wasn't initially taken aback either by her appearance (such occurrences are "not unusual in my life," he notes) or her story, which involved an auto crack-up. However, his suspicions began to bubble up when he asked where the accident had taken place and she was unable to tell him. Instead, she asked for a ride on behalf of her and an injured boyfriend and offered him cash to drive them.

After the woman testily asked, "Are you going to help us or not?," the boyfriend appeared; Jackson describes him as a "scraggly looking MF with prison tattoos on his arms." The man was holding his ribs with one hand and hid the other behind his back as he said, "Please, sir, please, help us, I'm injured."

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In response, Jackson writes that he pulled out his phone and announced he would call 911. That's when the man whipped out an AR-15 Bushmaster, pointed it at Jackson's head and said, "Drop the fucking phone. Drop the fucking phone."

Instead, Jackson, who was not especially interested in being "taken hostage or murdered," slammed the door and ran into the house. He had the option of heading to his bedroom, where he stored an 870 Remington 12-gauge, or his garage. But when he heard the stained-glass window in his front door shatter and realized how long it would take him to ready the weapon, which was sheathed and unloaded, he opted for the latter destination and dialed 911.

Moments later, the dispatcher told Jackson the couple had been seen elsewhere in the vicinity -- and indeed, they were captured separately in the Lookout Mountain area after 4 p.m.

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Steve Jackson's damaged front door.
As for Jackson, he came through unscathed and with a fresh tale to tell when promoting his next book: "BOGEYMAN, coming out on August 5!!" Afterward, while imbibing at a local watering hole, he was filled with anger -- but not for the most obvious reasons.

"I still am FUCKING PISSED that we lost two games," Jackson concedes. "I should have shot the fucker out of spite. Next time I will."

Continue to read Jackson's unedited Facebook account of his experience and see raw helicopter footage of the pursuit.


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38 comments
krisinluck
krisinluck

Just a few things that jumped out at me, especially the video.  


He leaves the girl in the dust while he makes his way around the cops.  LOSER.


The girl is obviously not brilliant, since she's following along.  LOSER.


Is he unaware there is a damned helicopter over his head?  LOSER.


I wish Steve had shot his ass too - it would have saved a lot of money on this asshat being held until trial, where, with this footage, it's a no brainer this idiot is going down.

DonkeyHotay
DonkeyHotay topcommenter

Why are all the Ex-staffers so much more talented than the current staff at Wasteword ?


Inquiring minds want to know.

Steve At Work
Steve At Work

It never pays to argue with a knucklehead. They lack the necessary cognitive skills. Glad you're ok. Glad he's locked away. Crazy times.

Aaron Rutan
Aaron Rutan

Dumb shit story. Bushmaster is a brand name. And yes as he said he should have shot the little mofo with prison tats, difference is when my life is in question I wouldn't hesitate to make that move.

Erik Martinez
Erik Martinez

This guy is awesome! I love the quote at the end where he says he can't believe they lost 2 games and he "should've shot the fucker out of spite"! Priceless!!!! I'm going to go like this guys page right now!!

Travis Farmer
Travis Farmer

Those ar 15s are accurate as fuck, I have the bushmaster and it is an amazing rifle.

Vanessa Banker
Vanessa Banker

This guy was one of the best teachers I ever had. Glad to see Steve is ok!

Beki Kelly
Beki Kelly

Even if his gun had been loaded he was caught off guard.. There would not have been time to get his gun.. Unless you all think everyone should answer every knock on the door with a loaded gun...

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

All I learned about being an asshole, I learned from your beloved "Natives."

Lillia Jackson
Lillia Jackson

On my level? I'm pretty sure my vernacular crushes your use of geezer and jackass. You're not on my level. And if you want to argue, try to be intelligent and polite.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

I just wanted to make sure you understood. Sorry I had to get on your level. This is Westward after all. Better toughen up if you're going to be on here.

Lillia Jackson
Lillia Jackson

If you know I'm his daughter why would you maintain such a rude attitude? The fact is there are small children that live in that house and it is a very quiet very small town. The fact that you assume that you know everything about everybody only further implies the rash ignorance I suspected from your initial comments. I'm a 20 something girl and you're more catty than I am.

Hot.Sauce
Hot.Sauce

So an unnamed civilian successfully defended himself against armed criminals?

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

Perfect example, you're his daughter. I'd hope you're mature enough not to play with daddy's guns.

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

There are ways to secure a weapon and have it accessible to only an adult. BTW, did you pay any mind to the photo? I highly doubt this old geezer had any small children.

spjbooksfans
spjbooksfans

Ha don't worry about it Lil ... there's always some idiot living in his mom's basement who "knows" what he would have done, where he would have had his weapon, plays with his gun while playing with himself, blah blah blah. I didn't realize Westword would pick up on my little adventure story on my Facebook page (I still don't know how the internet works) or I would have told you these morons would write in.

Lillia Jackson
Lillia Jackson

You don't keep a loaded gun in a house with small children...

Lillia Jackson
Lillia Jackson

And he did have a gun. He doesn't keep it loaded cuz there are kids in the house^^

Lillia Jackson
Lillia Jackson

Yeah he's totally fine thanks for asking meg! I got a text from him while I was at work saying "did you hear about my little adventure?" By the time I called him after work he was in a bar laughing it up and getting free drinks. Hahaha

Daniel Shalik
Daniel Shalik

If he carried a gun he could have protected himself.

Cliff Lopez
Cliff Lopez

typical left wing...blame "da" gun..never the individual.

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

But Jordan... it adds to the sensationalism!

Josh Bradley
Josh Bradley

Good point Stan. It blows my mind when people keep weapons for self defense but leave them unloaded and locked away. Granted I don't think he had the shotgun for self defense so I'm not surprised it was unloaded. But your point is very applicable. If you live alone leave it loaded. Doesn't hurt anything. If kids come over and you're worried unload it. Simple.

Toya Cooper
Toya Cooper

Lol still wanna go to look out mountain babe Chris Ross ?

Stan Salazar
Stan Salazar

That's why you keep your gun loaded jackass.

muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

You would wet yourself then start to cry.

spjbooksfans
spjbooksfans

That it is. Lucky I didn't have to find out what kind of shot he was.

spjbooksfans
spjbooksfans

Haha Beki. It's really okay. These experts have, of course, a "plan" on what they would do. Pretty amusing really. Take care.

spjbooksfans
spjbooksfans

Haha that's my girl. But don't feed the trolls baby, they'll miss their mom telling them dinner's ready.


muhutdafuga
muhutdafuga topcommenter

Yeah, guns don't kill people, right wing gun freaks with guns kill people.

hahahaha
hahahaha

^typical tiny minded and easily manipulated moronic partisan response utilizing "left wing/right wing" partisan rhetoric. Like an asshole.

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