Arrest Warrants Issued In Paonia Assault

By: Natalie Pallone Email
By: Natalie Pallone Email

In August a Paonia man was nearly beaten to death, now more than four months after the incident one person is under arrest and police are looking for three others.

Natalie Rupe is already behind bars and now police are looking for her husband Brent along with Dustin Carver and a juvenile.

Officials say on August 12, the four people assaulted Jim Lord outside of Thomas Waldo's Tavern in Paonia.

Lord's family says he was beaten so badly that he'll never be the same.

The Rupe's are facing the most serious charges including felony assault while Carver is only facing misdemeanor charges.

Police from four different agencies worked on the case and they say it took so long to issue warrants because of the number of suspects involved, and the number of agencies.


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  • by Jay Location: Paonia on Apr 20, 2008 at 10:06 AM
    What the heak is wrong with you People? If I would have done what the Rupes did I'd be in Prison along with my kid. Oh my Gosh!!! Innocent until proven guilty my but ladies! We all know there is no two sides to a drunk beating!The Paonia boys were like 50 years old!!!! Oh yeah like they'd start a fight with a bunch of big drunk younger people! Are you dunce?If the Rupes get away with this there is sure to be an investigation on this valleys police force and DA! I would never trust them to protect us again. This is not allowed in larger cities! It just goes to show that in a small town its not what you do but who you know. Shame!!!!!!
  • by Ester Location: GJ on Apr 20, 2008 at 09:58 AM
    I have been around for a long time, I cant foresee this turning out the way it should. I hope Mr. Lord is ok. I hope The Rupes aren't able to weasel their way out of this horrible thing they have done. I am thinking of the juvenile also... He should be taken away and fostered by parents that will show him love not destruction.
  • by Sherle Location: Hotchkiss on Apr 20, 2008 at 09:53 AM
    Last time I checked...it wasn't legal to do what the Rupes did. I don't want to hear why they hurt those people in front of their kid. I just want to know it wont be happening again.
  • by Heather Location: Grand Junction on Apr 20, 2008 at 09:49 AM
    I am so dumb-founded that things like that can happen in such a small town and nothing serious be done about it! What kind of parents would bring a kid out at 2 am anyway?And what do you mean if Mr. lord was worried about his kid what was he doing at a bar? Wouldn't you? Just because something tragic happened doesn't mean life is over.... Good for him for being strong enough to be with his friends! Holy cow you small town people are really blinded by false loyalties! If some people I know got the crap beat out of them by a bunch of drunks and a kid...well I'd want them off the street as fast as legally possible. If that kid grows up to think stuff like this is ok for him to do can you imagine the damage it could do to his morals? Get some sence and punish him now before hes an adult and doesnt get a second chance.!
  • by Amber Location: Paonia on Apr 17, 2008 at 04:37 PM
    it amazes me to think that criminals get more rights than should be allowed. It also saddens me for people to say "oh poor them" when nothing has happened to them besides reprocoutions from their own sick choices. I believe the Rupes knew their choices and of the choices they bestowed their child for subjecting him to such things. Shame on the people that can afford to not recconize wrong when it presents its ugly face. I cry out to the family of the fun loveing jim lord and can only hope that the people that have never known him can still see the man he is still inside though his exterior has been wreaked havic apon.
  • by teresa Location: grand junction on Jan 20, 2008 at 05:12 PM
    if lord man was worring about his daughter have a brain injury why was he at the bar!!!!!!!2 sides to a story what really happend like to hear the other side.......
  • by innocent till proven guilty Location: hotchkiss on Jan 7, 2008 at 05:18 PM
    yeah i agree, i'd like to hear the rupes side of this. i've heard to many stories about the lords to believe anything they say.lords should stop bad mouthing the rupes innocent till proven guilty.seems like someone should be thinking about the juveniles feelings!!!!
  • by Sister of Victim Location: Denver on Dec 27, 2007 at 09:14 AM
    I would like to respond to Laurie in Windsor...My brother was the victim and will NEVER be the same because of what happened to him. Two weeks prior to what happened to him his daughter was injured in a horrible bike accident and receive a severe brain injury, now who is going to support his family, the Rupes , or maybe the juvenile? It might be good for them all to pay restitution since Jim can no longer work to support his family ( wife and three daughters) so maybe they all will think twice next time. His family has waited months for an arrest and we will all be there for the trial.
  • by Laurie Location: Windsor on Dec 18, 2007 at 07:04 AM
    What ever happened to innocent until proven guilty. I would like to hear the Rupes' side of the story. I feel bad for the man but is anyone thinking of the juvenile and how this has effected him? Has anyone talked to the Rupe's to get their side of the story???
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