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Richard McCallum

A Boulder man is accused of kidnapping a friend at knifepoint over concerns that the other man was trying to steal his stash of gold and silver ore.

Robert McCallum, 42, was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree assault, attempted second-degree assault, second-degree kidnapping, felony menacing, aggravated motor vehicle theft, third-degree assault and possession of a controlled substance, according to court records.

He remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail on $25,000 bond as he awaits a preliminary hearing on Dec. 5.

According to an arrest affidavit, Boulder police were called at 3:53 a.m. Tuesday by a man who said his friend punched him in the face and then forced him into a truck at knifepoint.

The man told police he was sleeping in his bed when he woke up to McCallum punching him in the face and talking about gold and silver rocks.

McCallum then ordered the man at knifepoint to get into a vehicle, which McCallum said he was driving to the self-storage unit where he reportedly kept the ore to which he was referring.

Fearing for his life, the man told police he jumped out of the moving vehicle somewhere near the 4000 block of Broadway and called police. The man was taken to the hospital with minor abrasions and injuries from the fall.

According to the affidavit, McCallum also then called police, who tracked him to the area of 28th Street and Palo Parkway. McCallum told police he did punch his friend in the face because he overheard him talking to two other people about stealing his ore stash. McCallum told police he only grabbed the knife because the other man had a stun gun.

McCallum also told police his friend got out of the moving vehicle, but said the friend also stabbed him in the leg. Medical personnel did find a small abrasion on McCallum’s leg, but did not think it was a stab wound.

A small amount of methamphetamine was found in McCallum’s right pocket, and McCallum told police he had been using methamphetamine over the past three days.

According to the affidavit, McCallum told police where to find the with which knife he threatened his friend, and police did find the knife at that location.

As for the ore, police made no mention of whether the collection was disturbed or even existed. McCallum’s friend told police the two people he was talking to were his ex in-laws and had no knowledge of any ore stash.

McCallum has an extensive criminal history in Boulder County, including previous arrests on assault, attempt to escape custody, theft, forgery and numerous drug charges.

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