Raymond Davis, CIA Contractor In Colo. Parking Lot Fight, Accused Of Causing Spine Fracture (UPDATE)
P. SOLOMON BANDA, Associated Press
CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- A CIA contractor caused a vertebrae fracture and other injuries to a man during a fight over a parking space in Colorado months after the contractor was involved in a fatal shootout in Pakistan, according to court documents released Tuesday.
The Denver Channel reports the CIA contractor, Raymond Davis, (also known as 'The Highlands Ranch Rambo'), has been charged with second degree assault, disorderly conduct and crime of violence.
An arrest warrant affidavit identified the victim as Jeffrey Maes and said he also suffered head injuries, abrasions and contusions.
Maes attended a court hearing Tuesday and had a large U-shape wound on his forehead. He left the courtroom with an armed deputy by his side who told reporters Maes did not wish to comment.
Davis was allowed to leave the courtroom through a back hallway and avoided reporters.
In January, Davis said he shot two Pakistani men who tried to rob him. Pakistan released him March 16 after the victims' families agreed to accept $2.34 million. The shooting remains under investigation by U.S. authorities.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Rich Orman mentioned the shooting while asking County Judge Susanna Meissner-Cutler to forbid Davis from carrying a firearm while free on bail.
Orman said he wanted to avoid another situation where there could be "potential lack of judgment."
"We need to consider this fact, and I don't believe the defendant should be allowed to carry a firearm," Orman said.
Davis' defense attorney William Frankfurt countered that the two incidents "are miles and worlds apart" and that Davis was acting in his capacity as a federal government contractor in Pakistan. The investigation may eventually show that Davis used good judgment in the shooting, he said.
"It's important to recognize where the incident took place. It was a war zone," Frankfurt said.
Standing next to Frankfurt, the 5-foot-9-inch, 235 pound Davis spoke once in a quiet voice, about a weapon: "I'm not carrying, your honor. I'm an instructor."
Meissner-Cutler agreed to allow Davis to use firearms only at his work in the Washington, D.C., area. She released Davis on $10,000 bail and said he could travel out of state for his work. She also ordered him to stay away from Maes and his family.
The arrest affidavits said a witness to the fight told investigators that a white Ford "swarmed" into a parking spot that Davis had been waiting for. The witness said Davis walked over and calmly told Maes, "'I was waiting for that spot, it was not right of you to take it.'"
Maes replied, according to the witness: "'I have a family and I'm not going to look for a spot all day.'"
Maes and his wife, Jacqueline, who was in their vehicle with their two children, dispute that version, saying Davis aggressively got out of his car and approached them while shouting and cursing. Maes got out of his vehicle and got into an argument with Davis, with Maes telling Davis to "quit being stupid," the document states.
Jacqueline Maes said Davis hit her husband in the face when he turned away to reach for something in the car.
Jacqueline Maes and another witnesses said Davis knocked Maes to the ground. Maes told investigators he may have been knocked out but wasn't sure.
Maes got up and Davis swung at him again, saying "'It's over,'" according to Jacqueline Maes.
The two men wrestled and fought until two bystanders broke up the fight. Witnesses told investigators that Davis kept trying to get at Maes even after the two were separated. Another witness said Maes' children were crying and afraid.
One witness said he never saw Davis throw a punch, and it appeared Davis was defending himself from Maes.
"I don't understand how he can hit me five times and I'm the one going to jail," Davis is quoted by a deputy as saying as he was being transported to jail. The deputy also quoted Davis as saying he hit Maes first: "I admit it, I slapped him open-handed."
Davis said Maes got his cuts by falling into rocks.
Investigators said doctors told them Maes suffered a compression fracture of a vertebrae in the middle of his back, which is considered serious bodily injury. Maes appeared able to walk without visible assistance following the hearing Tuesday.
Davis is scheduled to return to court Dec. 15 for a preliminary hearing.
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