By Jeff Todd
BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– Police in Boulder arrested a man accused of handcuffing and assaulting victims at a business.
“I think we learned he came out here for this specific purpose of doing this,” said Sgt. Tom Dowd of the Boulder Police Department.
Investigators say Daniel Shea, 45, walked into the Goozmo office in tactical gear. He demanded all but two employees leave. Then spent up to an hour attacking the two victims. He also demanded money from them, according to investigators.
Court documents say a second suspect, known as Davy, set up a meeting at Goozmo Friday morning. It was a set-up for Shea.
“It’s not clear how long Davy was inside the business. It doesn’t appear that Davy was involved in the assaults and threats,” Dowd said.
Davy is described as a white male, 5-foot-6, 180 pounds, dark hair, in his late 20s to early 30s.
During the ordeal, Shea allegedly threatened the victims physically with a knife to their neck and pointed a gun at their heads. He also made threats to the victims’ families.
An arrest affidavit states Shea was upset about the job done on his website yogible.com, which offers yoga-centered vacations around the world.
Shea allegedly told the victims the website ruined his life and he wanted $30,000 in return. Court documents also state Shea demanded another $20,000 and in return the victim’s families would stay safe.
CBS4 learned Shea left without any money, only an apology letter from the company.
Despite threats against their lives, the victims went to Boulder police Friday around noon and identified Shea as the main suspect.
He was eventually found at a nearby residence outside of Lyons and was arrested.
Shea is facing a number of charges including burglary, kidnapping and impersonating an officer.
Additional Information from Boulder Police:
Anyone with information is asked to call Det. Kirshbaum and Detective Ramos at 303-441-3330.
Those who have information but wish to remain anonymous may contact the Northern Colorado Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or 1-800-444-3776. Tips also can be submitted through the Crime Stoppers website at www.crimeshurt.com . Those submitting tips through Crime Stoppers that lead to the arrest and filing of charges on a suspect(s) may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $1,000 from Crime Stoppers.
Jeff Todd joined the CBS4 team in 2011 covering the Western Slope in the Mountain Newsroom. Since 2015 he’s been working across the Front Range in the Denver Headquarters. Follow him on Twitter @CBS4Jeff.