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Gazette Premium Content Man's alleged violent streak ends after police use stun gun

By Andrea Sinclair Published: October 11, 2013

A man went on a rampage Friday, assaulting several people and resisting arrest until officers used a stun gun to subdue him and take him into custody, Colorado Springs police reported.

Benjamin Rippy, 29, was arrested on suspicion of first-degree criminal trespass, third-degree assault and resisting arrest, police said. He was booked into the El Paso County jail and was being held on $1,000 bond, court records show.

About 4:40 p.m., Rippy allegedly walked up to a vehicle parked outside a Denny's Restaurant on Harrison Road and started pounding on the driver's side window. When the driver rolled the window down, Rippy allegedly punched him in the face, police said.

Rippy then reportedly walked over to the Best Western Executive Inn and Suites, where he confronted a man and his wife. When the man refused to give him money, Rippy allegedly pushed him and kicked the tail light on the man's vehicle, breaking it.

Police were talking to the victims when they got word that Rippy was back at the Denny's parking lot, trying to break into several vehicles. When officers caught up to him, Rippy allegedly had a knife in his hand and was hostile, police said. Rippy dropped the knife but violently resisted arrest, prompting police to use a stun gun and take him into custody.

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