(UPDATE, WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21) Trajon Ramone Gopher is facing several charges after he allegedly smashed the window of a Great Falls Police Department patrol car and tried to steal a rifle.
Court documents state that officers soon found a man, later identified as Gopher, hiding under a nearby train bridge; Gopher matched the description of a witness statement, was wearing the same clothing as described, was found about 500 feet from the patrol car, and no one else was seen near the patrol car at the time of the incident.
When an officer ordered Gopher to come out from under the bridge, he reportedly ducked back out of sight but was soon found and arrested.
Court documents state that after investigating the scene, officers determined that Gopher used a railroad spike to break the car window. He also reportedly tried to steal an AR-15 rifle from inside the car. The rifle's buttstock was out of the bottom of the cradle, and it appeared that Gopher attempted to tear the rifle out of the secure gun lock in an attempt to steal the rifle.
Gopher has been charged with the following: felony theft; misdemeanor criminal mischief; misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles; and misdemeanor obstructing a peace officer.
(1ST REPORT, TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20) The Great Falls Police Department is asking for help in identifying and locating the person or people responsible for breaking the window of a patrol car.
It happened on the 500 block of Bay Drive on Tuesday, October 20, between 11:30 a.m. and 12:10 p.m.
Officers were called to respond to a disturbance and had to leave the patrol car at the location of the disturbance as they assisted emergency personnel in taking a person to a hospital. When the officers returned, they found the driver-side window broken.
The GFPD said in a Facebook post that the patrol car was turned off and locked at the time of the incident.
If you saw this crime happen or have information about whoever is responsible, you are asked to call the GFPD non-emergency line 406-727-7688 X5 and leave a message for Officer Watson, or send a private message via the GFPD Facebook page.