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Man charged with alleged break-in, knife threat

Nick Greise Nick Greise

As Nick Greise tells it, he had an uneventful Thanksgiving night — spending time at a bar and then going home to bed.

Park County prosecutors, however, allege Greise also stopped by a female friend’s house, where he broke in, grabbed her by the neck and threatened her with a pocket knife.

The 23-year-old Powell man has been charged with felony counts of aggravated burglary and aggravated assault and battery, along with a misdemeanor count of battery.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Waters set Greise’s bond at $10,000 cash during an initial hearing that was held Sunday because of the holiday schedule. Greise remained in the Park County Detention Center on Wednesday.

The case started around 11:20 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, when a woman called 911 to report that Greise had broken into her North Bernard Street home and attacked her.

The woman told police that Greise showed up at her home intoxicated and she asked him to leave. However, she said that just minutes later, Greise broke through the locked back door and chased her to the front door. There, she said Greise held her up against the wall, squeezing her neck with his left hand and making it hard for her to breathe.

“Greise then took out a pocket knife and held the blade against her cheek and told her that he was going to cut her, he could kill her right now and asked her what she was going to do about it,” Powell Police Sgt. Matt McCaslin wrote of the woman’s account in an affidavit filed in support of the charges. The woman told McCaslin she eventually got away and ran outside.

After spending 10 or 15 minutes trying to catch her dog — which had gotten out of the house — she said she returned home and called 911.

McCaslin found that curtains had been pulled off the wall in an apparent struggle and the back door appeared to have been knocked open, with the door jam broken and the knob still locked. The woman also showed McCaslin three red marks on the right side of her neck, which “were consistent with her story of being choked with Greise’s left hand,” McCaslin wrote.

Police found Greise at his East Jefferson Street home around 12:40 a.m. — roughly an hour and 20 minutes after the woman reported the alleged attack.

“Greise ... appeared to have just woken up,” McCaslin wrote.

Greise told police he had left the K Bar around 9 p.m., walked home and gone to sleep. McCaslin added that, “Greise did not have anyone who could account for his whereabouts after leaving the bar until we contacted him at home.”

Greise told the responding officers that he had not been to the woman’s house; Greise said he’d last talked to her a week earlier, when she and her husband threatened to come over and bust his door in.

According to McCaslin’s affidavit, the woman had previously stayed with Greise; she said it was not a romantic relationship, but there were bad feelings between Greise and her husband, McCaslin wrote. Her husband was working out of town at the time of the alleged assault.

In addition to the three charges relating to the alleged assault, Greise has also been charged with a misdemeanor count of possessing a controlled substance, as police reportedly found a bong for smoking marijuana at his house.

A preliminary hearing in the case to determine whether there’s enough evidence for the case to proceed to district court is tentatively set for Monday.

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