August 27,2013 Boulder Colorado (ABC7DENVER) – A former University of Colorado running back was arrested this weekend, suspected of stealing a car and then stopping at a crosswalk for the car’s owner.
Davien Payne, 20, is in custody on suspicion of stealing a Black Jetta on University Hill, just blocks from the CU campus. He was dismissed from the CU football team this past spring.
Alex Walden and her boyfriend, Ryan Tippetts, first thought her Jetta was towed from 16th Street near Aurora Avenue early Saturday morning.
“We heard some music playing, coming out of nowhere. It seemed to be coming from a house, but it was my phone on the ground,” said Walden. “The guy had chucked my phone out on the street and we heard the music.”
She called police to report her car stolen. Minutes after she hung up, the couple walked across the street as a car slowed to let them pass.
Walden realized it was her Jetta with a man behind the wheel.
“‘What are you doing?’ I asked him, and he said, ‘Uh, I’m trying to let you cross the street.’ Cause he didn’t put two-and-two together that I was the owner of the car he’d just stole,” said Walden “I had my hand on the handle, he started drive away and then…”
“And then, I just jumped in through the passenger window and landed on his girlfriend’s lap,” said Tippetts.
According to the police report, a woman was in the passenger seat.
“He started driving away. My feet were hanging out the window,” said Tippetts. “He started screaming at me, ‘I’m going to shoot you, I’m going to shoot you. I’m going to kill you. Get out of my car.'”
Tippetts said the woman in the car started screaming. He said he made his way onto the center console to try to get Payne to stop the car.
“I had my hand on the steering wheel and my hand on his right hand, and so then he just started wailing on me with punches. He got me like 20 times,” said Tippetts.
The car finally stopped and Payne took off running.
“He was telling me he was going to go call the cops on me for stealing his car,” said Tippetts.
After taking punches to the face, Tippetts was taken to the hospital. He needed surgery for a broken larynx.
“Four titanium plates and like eight screws holding my throat together now,” said Tippetts.
Payne was caught by officers in a nearby alley.
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