LONGMONT -- A man accused of assaulting his estranged wife at her Longmont home on May 25 and then fleeing to Canada with their 3-year-old son was extradited back to Boulder County on Monday to face felony charges.
Monty Turner, 51, was arrested in Brandon, Manitoba, on suspicion of assault, kidnapping, and burglary on May 26 after Longmont investigators and the FBI tracked him to the Casa Blanca Motor Lodge. His son, Luke Turner, was in good condition and returned to his mother.
Longmont Police Cmdr. Jeff Satur reported on Monday that investigators confirmed that Turner entered Canada illegally. Authorities there ruled last week that he should be deported. Turner was returned to the custody of Longmont police at 10 a.m. Monday.
According to police, Turner forced his way into his estranged wife's Longmont home May 25, shocked her with a stun gun, sprayed her with pepper spray, and fled on a bicycle with their son. Brandy Turner had a court order restraining Monty Turner from contacting her or their son. Police issued an Amber Alert seeking the father and son.
Luke Turner was returned to Brandy Turner in March after police retrieved the boy from a Washington County property owned by the Turner family. Monty Turner had left with the boy in July to go on a camping trip and did not return. At the time, both parents had full rights to the child legally, so police did not consider the disappearance a kidnapping. Prosecutors are now exploring additional charges in that case because the boy was kept from his mother for nearly nine months.
Turner is scheduled for a first appearance in Boulder County Court at 2 p.m. on Tuesday.
Pierrette J. Shields can be reached at 303-684-5273 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.