Trespassing Denver man says he was looking for Ted — or Isaac — to sell him an ATV

By on April 6, 2016

A Denver man has been charged with felony trespass after his excuse for being on a stranger’s porch failed to hold water.

According to police, the homeowner returned to his home in the 100 block of South Fourth Street on Feb. 23. to find a strange vehicle in his driveway and a stranger on his enclosed back porch.

Rick E. Jones

Rick E. Jones

Rick E. Jones, 45, of Main Street, was subsequently charged with felony trespass and driving on a suspended license.

Jones was arraigned and bail was set at $40,000. Jones hired a bondsman to post bail.

“It is unclear why Jones went to the home and was in an enclosed porch area,” Brett Hambright, a spokesman for the Lancaster County district attorney’s office, said in a release. “He provided the homeowner with a reason that proved to be false.”

According to the report, the homeowner approached Jones, who said he was looking for his “old boss Ted.”

The homeowner took a photo of the intruder and told him to stay where he was, according to the report. But, as the homeowner checked his house for stolen items, Jones drove away.

Jones later admitted to being at the home in an interview with police. He said he was there to find “Ted” to sell him an all-terrain vehicle. He later said Ted’s name was actually “Isaac,” police said.

Police said they contacted a former coworker of Jones’ named Isaac, who denied wanting to buy an ATV.

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