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Man accused of threatening own children and Teller County grade school had 6 guns, ammo and mystery Mason jar

March 5, 2018 Updated: March 6, 2018 at 7:44 am
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photo - Jason Scott Smith. (Courtesy of the Teller County Sheriff's Office.)
Jason Scott Smith. (Courtesy of the Teller County Sheriff's Office.) 

Six guns, some ammunition and a Mason jar containing two small jars with medical stickers on them were found in the home of a 37-year-old Florissant man accused of threatening his children and an elementary school, his arrest affidavit shows.

Jason Scott Smith's charge of abusing a corpse was dropped Monday "pending further information," said Beth Reed, a prosecutor with the 4th Judicial District Attorney's Office. She declined to explain why it was dropped.

But because of the school threat, he's now being charged with inciting destruction of life or property, a felony, sheriff's spokesman Greg Couch told KOAA-TV.

He also faces felony charges of menacing and possession of a weapon by a previous offender as well as a charge of misdemeanor harassment, court records show. He's being held on a $50,000 cash-only bond.

Smith was arrested Friday after an anonymous tipster said he was shouting at his children, ages 1 to 8, and threatening to harm them, the Teller County Sheriff's Office said last week in a news release. He allegedly threatened a neighbor's family as well, telling them he wanted to be "a school shooter" and mentioning Summit Elementary School in Divide.

"Sheriff Jason Mikesell and the entire department commend the tipster who took action and reported Smith's behavior," the release says. "This may well have prevented another tragedy."

Smith's children are not students in Woodland Park School District RE-2, home of Summit Elementary, said spokeswoman Stacy Schubloom.

The arrest affidavit, which was heavily redacted, says Smith stood 100 feet from a person, pointed a rifle "directly" at him and threatened to shoot him. Smith allegedly threatened to rape and kill people, whose names were redacted from the document. He also "regularly shouts obscene language" at those people.

Woodland Park police were called at least twice after Smith was seen near churches there, said police Cmdr. Chris Adams. The callers said they didn't recognize Smith, and once he reportedly wore a jacket with "hail Satan" and a pentagram on the back.

Police went to Smith's home after the church complaints, but no charges were filed, Adams said. He wouldn't name the churches or say when the complaints were made.

Smith's wife, Nicole Desiray Smith, 27, was arrested on suspicion of obstruction and child abuse, the Sheriff's Office said. She remains in jail on $500 bond, inmate records show, but no court records could be found on her case.

The children, who were not hurt, were taken into custody by the Teller County Department of Human Services.

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The Gazette's Kaitlin Durbin contributed to this report.

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