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Monday, July 17, 2006

Bridge Troll Sighting in Denver?

Denver & the West
Boulder deputy clubs menacing bridge "troll"

By John Ingold
Denver Post Staff Writer

A golf club-wielding man who tried to extort tolls from people crossing a bike path bridge while claiming to be the bridge's troll is facing menacing and drug charges, police said.

The troll's reign of terror came to an end, police said, when he threatened an off-duty Boulder sheriff's deputy, who snatched the clubs from the man and whacked him with one. Even after a Boulder police officer, with a drawn stun gun, arrived and ordered the man to the ground, the man "continued to be verbally antagonistic, yelling that it was his bridge ... and that he was a troll," according to a police report.

The incident happened July 6 along the Bear Creek bike path near Colorado Avenue and Foothills Parkway.

Boulder police said they arrested Robert Hibbs, 19, on suspicion of felony menacing and drug possession and Bradley Boville, 18, on suspicion of drug possession and menacing.

Boville told officers that he and Hibbs had ingested a hallucinogen and then wanted to smoke a large marijuana cigarette that officers found on Boville, according to the police report. However, the pair didn't have a lighter so they decided to go to the bridge and start "asking" people for money to buy a lighter, the report said.

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