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Arrest affidavit released for person of interest in menacing investigation

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Daniel Nations is being held in the Teller Co jail on a weapons charge. Daniel Nations is being held in the Teller Co jail on a weapons charge.

Court documents released following the arrest of an Indiana man driving through Woodland Park explain why he's charged with a weapons violation in Colorado.

The arresting officer explains noticing a red Chevrolet sedan described as being involved in reported menacing incidents near Mount Herman and Monument last weekend.

A traffic stop was initiated based on a broken tail light. The officers found Daniel Nations, his wife and their two children in the car. 

While being questioned, the couple admitted to having a hatchet and a recently purchased .22 caliber rifle in the trunk of the car. The wife claimed she bought the gun for protection after a recent car break-in.

The arrest report states, "(the officer) was interviewing D. Nations regarding the menacing incident and I did hear D. Nation say he had a hatchett (sic) in the vehicle but he had not menaced anyone with it and stated 'we're not that kind of people.'"

According the officer's report, Nations said someone claiming to have been run off the road had reported him, but he had only shaken his fist at the other driver.

El Paso County Detectives came to the scene to take over interviews with the couple, specifically about the time they spent in the mountains of the county.

The complaints about menacing came to the forefront of residents' minds following the killing of bicyclist Tim Watkins earlier this month. Watkins was reported missing on September 14th. Authorities found his body on September 17th. Preliminary information indicates he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

Investigators have not released any information on a possible suspect in the homicide case. If you have any information, contact the El Paso County Sheriff's  at 719-390-5555.

The weapons charge filed against Daniel Nations is related to his prior felony conviction for domestic violence in Indiana. He's being held on a $10,000 bond and his next court appearance is scheduled for mid-October. The arrest affidavit also states that Nations is a sex offender based on a conviction in Indiana.

Authorities in Indiana are now looking into whether Nations has any connection to the killings of two Indiana girls last February.

However, Indiana State Police say they've received hundreds of tips following the release of a composite sketch during their investigation into the killings of 14-year-old Liberty German and 13-year-old Abigail Williams.

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