Earlier this year, Stephen Hamper was found guilty on multiple counts in the beating of a Denver police officer whom he said he would have killed if only he’d been able to get hold of her gun. Since that ruling, he’s been hit with three more charges of assaulting law enforcers while in custody awaiting a hearing to determine if he’s a habitual criminal.
Our previous coverage, which has been incorporated into this post, dates back to shortly after Hamper’s September 6, 2014, bust.
According to the affidavit in the case, the bizarre incident spiraled out of control shortly after Officer Aubree Thompson responded to a call about a homeless man, later identified as Hamper, who was trying to wash his clothes in a drainage grate at a very busy place — the Downing Street off-ramp to Interstate 25.
The document describes Hamper as acting “strange” when Thompson attempted to handcuff him. Before the restraints could do their work, he allegedly wheeled and punched her several times in the face.
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Next, the report continues, Hamper raced toward the police cruiser only to return and continue his assault. Additional punches to the face and body are said to have brought Thompson to the ground.
At that point, Hamper allegedly climbed on top of the officer, resumed his face-punching and tried to grab her gun — something she was able to prevent by pinning his hand against her body.
Still, there’s no telling how long she might have been able to hold him off if it weren’t for the timely arrival of passersby Tyler and Holly Ingels, as well as Mike Guillan.
Between the three of them, they were able to get Hamper off Thompson long enough for the officer…
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