Fountain PD investigating racial harassment, gun threats
Last updated 7/7/2020 at 3:49pm
In recent days a number of Fountain residents have taken to social media to express anger over an incident where they allege two white men racially harassed a group of teenagers and children – including black and Hispanic individuals, and some as young as 4 years old – as well as threatened them with a gun.
According to comments made to police and recorded in a video posted to Facebook by one of the individuals who says he was threatened, this is about the fifth incident of this nature involving the same group of people.
While friends and family are calling for justice, the Fountain Police Department responded with the following statement:
“On July 4, 2020, officers responded to the 7000 block of Araia Drive for reports of a loud party, with a large number of people in attendance. Due to the amount of people at the party, the number of complaints received, and the hour of night, officers requested party goers disperse for the evening.
"During the early morning hours of July 5th, several teens from the earlier call on Araia Drive were walking in the 7000 block of Willowdale Drive when they got into a verbal altercation with an adult male who lives in the area. Officers arrived within 5 minutes of the 911 call and spoke with all individuals involved. The teens stated the adult male brandished a handgun and placed it on the hood of his vehicle. This situation is still under investigation and all information obtained has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for determination of charges.
"On July 5, 2020, officers responded to reports of harassment in the 7000 block of Araia Drive. During the investigation, officers learned one of the parties involved, who was not involved in the incident on the 4th, used a racial slur. We at the Fountain Police Department take incidents like these very serious.
"29 year old, John Taylor Barclay, was charged with Harassment with a Bias Enhancer, which is a misdemeanor. Barclay was served a summons to appear in El Paso County Court. Due to the crime being a misdemeanor, it is common practice to serve and release individuals charged with a misdemeanor. The El Paso County Jail does not normally book individuals on misdemeanor charges, unless it is a warrant or domestic violence related. Maximum penalty for a Misdemeanor 1 is 18 months in jail and/or $5,000 fine.
"The Fountain Police Department cares deeply about the safety of all our citizens. We are completely invested in this situation and we will continue to investigate the circumstances.”