Women assaulted at the Durango Transgender Rights March
Wesley Devilbiss, 59 was arrested Sunday on “suspicion of disorderly conduct” after knocking a woman down who was marching in the trans rights parade in downtown Durango.
UPDATE: Additional charges against the suspect Wesley Devilbiss are being considered. We are aware that multiple people possibly took cell phone video of the incident. If you have cell phone video of the incident, please contact Officer Connor Lowande at 970-764-5365
Devilbiss was seen imbibing at a local establishment along the route when he started yelling at marchers. When one of the women began singing Devilbliss left the restaurant and knocked her to the ground.
A female in the group started singing, and “that infuriated him,” Durango Police Department Cmdr. Ray Shupe said. Devilbiss came around the outside patio area, got in her face, and ripped the mask off the woman’s face, police said.
Another woman tried to break up the fight and Devilbiss allegedly threw her to the ground. Calls reporting the incident started to come into Durango police around 6:30 p.m., Shupe said.
Initially, officers were just going to write Devilbiss a ticket.
“But he continued to be belligerent and we took him into custody,” Shupe said. “He was intoxicated and didn’t want to mellow out.”
Devilbiss was being held on suspicion of disorderly conduct and disturbing the peace. He was taken to the La Plata County Jail on a $499 bond.
Shupe said Devilbiss was not arrested on an assault charge because there were no reported injuries to anyone involved.
“Disorderly conduct is still unwanted touching or grabbing,” he said. “He definitely was confrontational with them, and it spiraled into disorderly conduct.”
Shupe said Devilbiss was not charged with any hate or bias-related crimes.
“No one on scene said he spouted any kind of slurs that would indicate bias,” Shupe said. “I think it was more he was irritated because his dinner was interrupted.”
If you witnessed this assault and saw or heard anything indicating a possible hate crime took place please contact the Durango Police at 970-385-2900.