Nathan Craw charged with first degree assault

Nathan Crow

On July 1, Nathan Craw, 37, appeared before Judge Nicholas Catanzarite on charges of first degree assault and a surety bond of $500,000 was set.

The charges resulted from an incident occurring last week.

On Thursday, June 27 at approximately 10:25 p.m., the Kremmling Police Department responded to a stabbing at a Kremmling residence where Craw had lived with the victim since January of 2019.

When responding to the scene, Lieutenant Todd Willson, of the Kremmling Police Department, noted both parties had been consuming alcohol.  Methamphetamine use was also suspected but was not confirmed from details in the arrest warrant.

The arrest warrant stated Craw did not remember stabbing the victim and had blacked out.  Earlier he and the victim had fought about the victim’s dog.  Craw had told the victim the relationship wasn’t going to work because the dog was a problem.  The dog was aggressive towards Craw and was put outside before Craw went to the Family Dollar to get cigarettes.  After he returned home, the situation escalated, and Craw believes the victim initiated the assault, coming at him with a knife. 

It was Craw who called 911, and according to the arrest warrant, the victim was leaning over the bed when first responders arrived.  

Both parties were transported to Middle Park Health, and the victim was medevaced to St. Anthony’s.  Craw was transported by ambulance to St. Anthony’s for a laceration on his hand.  

According to 14th Judicial District, Chief Deputy District Attorney Kathryn Dowdell, the victim is still hospitalized in an intensive care unit and suffered seven stab wounds in her back.  “The victim’s most serious stab wound was into her skull.  It penetrated the skull and touched the membrane going to her brain,” said Dowdell.

Dowdell asked the court for the $500,000 bond, noting Craw has no ties to the Kremmling community or anywhere else. She explained his plan was to live homeless in Denver after being released from the hospital, and he did not plan to return to Kremmling to retrieve his personal items.

While setting the bond, Judge Catanzarite acknowledged Craw’s lack of community ties, a lengthy criminal history, and previous failures to appear.

Craw was taken into custody on Saturday, June 29 in the Denver area and transported to the Grand County Jail in Hot Sulphur Springs.  He is expected to stay in custody.  His next court date is July 23.

The investigation is still ongoing.  The investigation is being led by the Kremmling Police Department with the Colorado Bureau of Investigation and the Grand County Sheriff’s Office assisting.

Kremmling Chief of Police, Jamie Lucas, commented, “The incident, although unfortunate, showed the importance of Kremmling Police Department to continue building partnerships, not only with our community, but with other law enforcement agencies to continue to keep our communities safe.”