Thursday, February 11, 2010


Greeley, CO (SafeCITY) - Andrew Charles Donahue, an 18-year-old University of Northern Colorado student is knee deep in dog poo after he was jailed for allegedly being caught red-handed attempting to place a flaming bag of dog poop on his neighbor’s porch.

According to the Greeley Police Department, Wayne Pickens, a 57-year-old long-time Greeley resident and small business man, called police on a bunch of drunken college students who were being loud and disruptive early Sunday morning.

Pickens was awakened again around 4:30 a.m to his doorbell ringing. When he answered the door, his Denver Post newspaper was on fire on his front porch. Pickens promptly put out the blaze and hid behind his bushes waiting for the menaces to return, though he assumed they would not be so dumb.

Pickens then witnessed a couple of young men in the front yard next door holding a flashlight, picking up dog poop, and putting it in a bag. He then waited in ambush as the pranksters walked up to his house with the bag of poop and a box of matches. When they got close, Pickens pounced, tackling Donahue and holding him in custody until police arrived, enduring threats from the other three UNC students.

Pickens’s wife, who called the police during the chaos, was able to take photos of the crimes in progress, which were submitted as evidence.

Donahue was booked into jail and charged with attempted first-degree arson, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, and possession of alcohol by a minor. Bond information was not available.

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