Dec 23, 2011 3:10 PM by David Ortiviz

"Nutcracker" used in attempted murder of businessman

A man armed with a nutcracker allegedly tried to kill Pueblo real estate developer Louie Carleo on Tuesday. According to an arrest affidavit the suspect, Michael T. Singleton "vigorously opened and closed the nutcracker device three times." However this was no ordinary nutcracker. Pueblo police say it was rigged into a homemade gun, complete with a barrel, firing pin and a live round.

The attempted murder happened at Carleo's office in Pueblo. Police say Singleton, 41, went to the office bearing a fruit basket with walnuts. According to Carleo, Singleton claimed he forgot the nutcracker and was heard saying "it's like giving a toy without batteries."

When Singleton returned, he allegedly stood in front of Carleo and tried shooting the device three times at Carleo's stomach. Singleton took off. The device was found on the counter. Carleo wasn't hurt.

Pueblo police later tracked Singleton down at his home. Officers fired three rounds of gas into the house and arrested him.

Singleton is facing a charge of attempted 1st degree murder. He's being held in the Pueblo County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Click here to read the Arrest Affidavit.


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