A Colorado man is facing criminal charges after he allegedly threatened a couple with a gun after they performed a U-turn in his driveway.
Paul Favret, 58, is facing five criminal charges including two felony menacing charges and three misdemeanors related to firearms, according to the Douglas County District Attorney's Office. Favret has been identified as the CEO of energy development company Resource Energy Partners LLC, but a spokesperson for the company said he is on administrative leave.
“After being made aware of this last week, Resource Energy Partners placed Mr. Favret on administrative leave and retained outside counsel to conduct a thorough review of the incident," the statement read.
Chris Ochoa said in a Facebook post he and his girlfriend were on their way to a friend's wedding rehearsal dinner on June 12 when his GPS led him to Elk Canyon Estates in Sedalia, Colorado. Ochoa said he performed a U-turn in a driveway and got back onto the main road where he called a friend for directions.
As he was driving away, Ochoa said a truck pulled in front of him and Paul Favret got out and pointed a gun at him and his girlfriend.
"He then ran to my driver’s side window (which was down) and continued to point the gun and yell that he was “going to blow our head off!” Ochoa wrote."We apologized for turning around in his driveway but he would not put the gun down."
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As Favret moved closer to their rental car, Ochoa said his girlfriend took photos and called 911. Favret then left the scene.
Ochoa said he initially wanted to press charges, but was told not to do so by the owner of the home where the wedding was being held.
"I was in disbelief that she put me in the position of choosing between ruining my best friend's wedding or doing what is right," he wrote. "After staring into a gun with my girlfriend after an honest GPS mistake, we feared for our lives, and yet there’s no consequences for this man."
Ochoa, who identifies as Mexican-American, told KUSA-TV the incident scared him so much he did not attend the wedding the following day, and he asked the Douglas County Sheriff's Office to reopen the case after the ceremony took place.
Favret told local media through a company spokesperson that he deeply regrets his actions, but that the Facebook post "does not portray an accurate version of the events."
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“I had no way of knowing the identities of the individuals in the vehicle," Favret said. "I just saw the unknown vehicle very close to the home at a time when we were not expecting any visitors and our property is clearly marked with our address and is about 1/2 mile from their destination."
Favret also noted that he’s had intruders on his property who have been illegally hunting elk in a statement to KUSA.
Favret initially told authorities he did not pull out his gun, but when deputies showed him the photos taken by Ochoa's girlfriend, Favret told police he was on pain medication and did not remember that part of the incident, according to an affidavit.
No court dates have been scheduled yet as the defendant has not surrendered to the sheriff's office, a spokesperson for the district attorney's office said.
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