Nevada man charged with breaking through motel room window​

Answered door naked when police arrived
Marlo Pronovost
Thursday, January 2, 2020
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A Nevada man has denied a felony charge stemming from an alleged drunken fall through a motel window and subsequent naked interaction with police in late November 2019.​

Duncan Monroe, 51, appeared in 22nd Judicial District Court recently via Vision Net and pleaded not guilty to one felony count of criminal mischief and one misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct.​

Monroe had already posted a $10,000 bond and was allowed to remain free on that, pending specific release conditions. He must stay in Nevada but was given permission to travel to Montana for court hearings.​


On Nov. 21, 2019, Columbus Police Officer Aaron Uecker was summoned to the Columbus Super 8 Motel on a report of a guest who had broken out a window and was being loud, according to court documents.​

As Uecker approached the room, he could see the window had been broken out, with the screen partially off and the curtain sticking out from the broken window. Officer Uecker looked through the window and could see Monroe on the ground on all fours, vomiting into a garbage can. Stillwater County Sheriff’s Deputy Cactus Anderson, who was assisting Uecker on the call, requested Columbus Fire Rescue respond at that point.​

Officer Uecker went inside the motel and from the hallway, knocked on Monroe’s door three times. Each time, the officer heard a man’s voice inside speaking “unintelligibly,” according to court documents. The officer also heard a woman’s voice.​

After the third knock, Monroe opened the door, completely naked. Uecker could smell the strong odor of alcohol coming from Monroe and noted that his eyes were glazed over, according to court documents.​

Uecker asked Monroe how it was going, to which Monroe answered “obviously I’m naked, and everything else,” according to court documents. Monroe was told to put some pants on, and he grabbed a pair of sweatpants, sat down on the bed, stared at Uecker and said “You better be really f-----ammoed up on this man,” according to court documents.​

The officer again told Monroe to put on pants so they could talk, to which Monroe said he had been drinking and that he was a veteran. Monroe then asked the officer what was going on. Officer Uecker responded that the window was broken out and that it was clear that Monroe had fallen through it. Monroe then looked at the window and said “really.”​

Monroe then grabbed his ear and said he was deaf. Officer Uecker again told him that he had fallen through the window. This time, Monroe looked at the officer with a surprised look and said “You’re ------ me,” according to court documents. Monroe then tried to put pants on twice and fell forward both times.​

When told that an ambulance crew was going to check him over, Monroe became agitated and accused Uecker of “going after him” because he was a veteran. Uecker told Monroe to “quit playing the vet card” because he himself was also a veteran and that EMTs were being called in because Monroe was in “no condition to take care of himself,” according to court documents.​

Monroe continued to become aggressive with Officer Uecker, questioning his military service. Monroe also became aggressive with ambulance and hospital crews, according to court documents.​