Guns drawn in normally routine arrest

Oct 8, 2017 By Katie Roenigk, Staff Writer

A scuffle involving a couple of bail bondsmen who were taking someone into custody Sept. 29 in Riverton caused some alarm for passersby, especially after witnesses noticed one of the individuals involved was carrying a gun.

Officials responded at about 2 p.m. Friday to reports of a fight in the parking lot of Smith's, where the bail bondsmen were attempting to arrest Garrett Goudeseune, 30, of Lakewood, Colo.

Riverton Police Department Lt. Wes Romero said that bail bondsmen typically work for private agencies that provide loans to individuals in custody in order to get the subjects out of jail.

If the subject fails to appear in court and fails to repay his or her loan, bail bondsmen are hired to find the individual.

"They track them down and arrest them and bring them back to court, (so the agencies) don't lose their money," Romero said.

Bail bondsmen aren't trained law enforcement officers, he continued.

"But they grant them that authority to arrest them on that," Romero said. "It's a little different. ... Sometimes they have a badge, but they don't have a uniform."

When Goudeseune was contacted by the bail bondsmen on Friday, Romero said Goudeseune was "being loud and shouting," and someone nearby called the police because they could see one of the bail bondsmen had a gun.

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