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Boulder Police arrest man suspected of brandishing machete in 2 separate incidents

In one incident, the victim walked outside of his residence and found a man in his bushes

BOULDER, Colo. — On Wednesday the Boulder Police Department (BPD) arrested a man in connection with two crimes involving a machete earlier this week. 

BPD said they arrested John Paul Gadreau, 31, after they responded to a call of a woman who spotted him riding her stolen bike Wednesday.

Gadreau is facing charges of aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary, felony menacing, second-degree burglary and felony criminal mischief, BPD said.  

The first incident happened at about 9:45 p.m. Monday, according to BPD, in the 1500 block of Spruce Street. The victim walked outside of his residence and found a man in his bushes. The man pulled out a machete from his backpack, threatened the victim then walked away, BPD said.

The second incident happened Tuesday before 5 p.m. in the 2100 block of Grove Circle, BPD said. The victims caught a man burglarizing their home, according to BPD. The man then pulled out a machete from his backpack, threatened the victims then rode away on the bicycle. 

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call Detective Frey at 303-441-3369 reference cases 21-1565, 21-1590, 21-1597. Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Tips may also be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at crimeshurt.com

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Calls to the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers are not recorded and the phone does not have caller ID, according to the NoCoCrimestoppers website. A coordinator completes a tips information form, makes initial inquiries and passes the information along to investigators. 

A two-way dialogue system online also allows tipsters to come back and provide additional information and ask questions.  

A community board of directors meets regularly to evaluate arrests and determine reward amounts. 

> More information about Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers can be found here. 

> Additional NoCo Crime Stoppers bulletins can be found here. 

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