by Eric Mullens
LA VETA — On March 21 several individuals in La Veta helped a neighbor who had come across a suspected burglar breaking into her home.
As mentioned in a letter to the editor in this week’s Huerfano World Journal by Russell Keeling, his wife, Pat, had gone home for lunch and found a young man attempting to get into the residence through the front door.
Pat Keeling left, went to Charlie’s Market, reported what was happening and employees there alerted the sheriff’s office. Three other individuals met Keeling and were advised of the incident and they, along with two town employees, identified by Keeling in his letter to the editor as Shannon Shrout and Chris Knowles, went to the residence.
The La Veta citizens confronted the young man, identified by Huerfano County Sheriff Bruce Newman as Robert Yoe, 27, of North Carolina, and detained him for authorities.
Newman said the responding citizens tied Yoe to the flagpole at the Keeling home with baling twine. Newman said Yoe was highly intoxicated when taken into custody but did not offer any resistance.
Yoe was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor count of criminal trespassing.
Newman said the investigation showed Yoe was staying with a relative in La Veta and in his intoxicated state mistook the Keeling home for the one he was staying at.
Yoe was held initially at the Huerfano County Jail until medical clearance was obtained and then he was transferred to the detox facility in Trinidad where he remained earlier this week.