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Posted on: August 10, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Press Release - August 8, 2020


Park County Sheriff Colorado Badge (Tom McGraw)
Park County Sheriff’s Office
PO Box 604
Fairplay, CO 80440
Sheriff Tom McGraw


On August 8, 2020, the Park County Sheriff’s Office responded to a residence in the Fairplay area for a domestic violence situation. Upon arrival at the residence, contact was made with a female subject who reported that her live in boyfriend had been holding her against her will and had assaulted her physically and sexually. Further information from the female party indicated that her boyfriend was armed with several firearms and wanted to commit “suicide by cop”. Surveillance was maintained on the residence and a subject was observed walking around outside the residence with what appeared to be an AR-15 type rifle. Based upon the information received, the decision was made to request mutual aid from the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in the form of a SWAT team. The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Fairplay area with the proper assets to contain a potentially dangerous situation. Due to the potential for a violent confrontation, Life Flight and ambulance crews were also on standby.

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team then contacted the suspect at the front of his residence where he turned himself in with no incident. No persons were injured in the event. The suspect was taken into custody and transported to the Park County Jail.

James Schwarz DOB 4/27/1984

Charged with the following:

  • 2nd degree kidnapping (F)
  • Menacing with a weapon (F)
  • Sex Assault (F)
  • 3rd Degree Assault
  • Obstruction of Telephone
  • False Imprisonment
  • Criminal mischief
  • Harassment
  • Domestic Violence

After being advised by the Judge, bond was set at $10,000 cash or surety.

Tom McGraw


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