A Larimer County man accused of attempting to kill a co-worker by running him over with his truck was arrested in Arizona last month.
Christopher Fay, 58, was arrested Nov. 15 on suspicion of felony first-degree attempted murder and transported to Larimer County. Arrest documents alleged Fay ran over a man he had been working with because he thought the man owed him $265.
The victim told police he and Fay had been working together for about three months, and about two months prior they had completed a house painting job together. They had split the payment for that job equally, the victim told police, but Fay had since demanded $265 more.
The victim claimed he didn’t believe he owed Fay any money, according to arrest documents.
Fay also had a history of gambling and often stole items from the victim, the victim told police.
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The alleged incident occurred just before 10 p.m. on Oct. 25. The victim was standing outside his trailer in the 4000 block of S. Lincoln Ave. in Loveland when he noticed Fay’s truck parked nearby, according to arrest documents. The victim said he was worried Fay had stolen from him, or was about to steal, so he approached the truck.
They exchanged “heated words,” and the victim approached the truck, he said to see if any of his belongings were in the truck bed. As he walked up, the victim said Fay made statements like, “I’m going to f—— kill you,” according to arrest documents.
The victim said Fay backed the truck up when he approached, then quickly accelerated forward. The victim wasn’t able to get out of the way, went under the vehicle and was struck by at least two of the tires, he told police. Fay then drove away.
Surveillance video from a nearby commercial building corroborated the victim’s story, according to arrest documents.
After Fay left the area, the victim dragged himself a few feet to a large wooden spool in another parking spot in the lot, hoping a nearby resident would hear his calls for help.
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After a little more than an hour, the victim can be seen in the video getting up and walking to the shoulder of 42nd St. SW — which takes him about 30 minutes. About 12:15 a.m., several vehicles stopped to help him, according to arrest documents.
The victim was taken to the hospital and treated for a fractured right shin, multiple broken ribs and a collapsed lung, according to police.
After the incident, police attempted to contact Fay, but calls went straight to voicemail. On Nov. 15, the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office announced Fay was arrested in Arizona. He was later transported to Larimer County.
Fay is next scheduled to appear in court Dec. 16. He is still in custody at the Larimer County Jail on a $100,000 bond as of Thursday afternoon.
All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Arrests and charges are merely accusations by law enforcement until, and unless, a suspect is convicted of a crime.
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