DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — Two people were arrested Wednesday after deputies said they set up a possible booby trap outside their door that sent a man to the hospital.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO) said they were first notified of the possible booby trap on March 10 after someone called 911 to report that the device had injured someone.
Deputies responded to a house in the 9200 block of Ashburn Court in Highlands Ranch after a door-to-door salesman said he was conducting business at the house when he was injured. The 25-year-old victim told deputies when he was walking to the front door he hit a wire near his feet which caused something to make a loud boom noise. He did not see where the noise came from, DCSO said.
The victim told DCSO that he had pain in their ear and that his vision was affected. He told deputies that he believed the wire was suspended over one of the steps that led to the front door.
In the arrest affidavit for one of the suspects, it says that the victim's co-worker heard the boom noise and ran to see what happened. They believed that the victim might have been shot, and checked his body to verify that he was not. At that time a man opened the garage door and told the victim and his co-worker "no trespassing."
The sheriff's office said the victim then left the area with a co-worker and went to the hospital.
Days after the incident, deputies were at the house and saw a similar device as described by the victims. One neighbor told deputies that they were aware of the device and the man that lives in the house warned them not to have their kids near the house because they could get hurt, the affidavit said.
Investigators believe the device that made the loud boom noise was a 12-gauge shotgun round without the projectiles, the affidavit said.
On Wednesday, deputies conducted a search warrant at the house. They found a device on the steps leading to the front door and a similar device on the steps at the back of the house. According to the affidavit, one of the suspects told deputies that they set up the device as a "warning device."
DCSO also located an additional device in the backyard that was loaded with a chemical agent and aimed up toward somebody's face. The affidavit said the chemical had the same consistency of pepper spray.
After conducting the search warrant, deputies arrested a man and woman in connection to the incident. The affidavit said that the victim's hearing was not back to what it was prior to the incident.
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