Bail for a Colorado man who held two roofing salesmen at gunpoint after accusing them of being members of antifa was increased to highlight the severity of the accusations against him.
NBC-affiliated KUSA reports that Scott Gudmundsen, 65, faces two charges of felony menacing and two counts of false imprisonment following his actions in Loveland last month. Gudmundsen appeared in court via video last week, as he is being treated at the UCHealth Mountain Crest Behavioral Health Center in Fort Collins. Larimer County District Judge Michelle Brinegar agreed with the prosecution’s request to increase his bail, setting it to $50,000.
Reports indicate on June 11, Gudmundsen called 911 to report the two masked salesmen to the police, calling them “antifa guys.” He explained that he would confront them and hold them until police arrived.
In reality, they were two salesmen from Premier Roofing Company that were soliciting new business for the roofing contractor following recent hailstorms, and had knocked on Gudmundsen’s door the previous day. They were wearing masks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Around 6 p.m., reports say Gudmundsen ordered the salesmen to the ground at gunpoint. He is accused of kneeling on the neck of one of the men before shoving a pistol into his back. This individual was identified as a Colorado State University football player who is black and works part-time for the roofing company.
According to KUNA, a court-appointed attorney argued that Gudmundsen is a former law enforcement officer without a criminal history. Judge Brinegar ultimately agreed with the bail increase, saying Gudmundsen faces serious allegations and was concerned for public safety as well as his safety and mental health.