A first date gone wrong led to the arrest of a 50-year-old Fort Morgan man last Saturday.
The incident took place when the suspect, Bryan Michael Zima, traveled to the home of a Weld County woman that he met through the online dating app “Zoosk.”
Zima agreed to meet at the woman’s home in the 4200 block of Weld County Road 10, about 14 miles southeast of Roggen for their first date, Joe Moylan, public information officer for the Weld County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release.
After having a couple of drinks outside while watching the sunset, Zima and the woman headed back inside the house where Zima became spooked by “something” he saw in the basement.
Zima pulled a gun and tried to get the woman to leave with him.
The woman gave Zima an excuse and freed herself, escaping back into the house where she locked herself in the cellar and called 911.
With help from the sheriff’s department, the woman was able to get Zima to admit to holding a gun to her head and trying to get her to leave with him. Zima also admitted the crime to deputies when they contacted him at his house in Fort Morgan the following day.
Deputies booked Zima into the Weld County Jail on Sunday, Oct. 18 on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping and menacing, both felonies, and a misdemeanor charge of harassment. He was released Tuesday after posting a $7,500 bond.
Weld County Sheriff’s Department advises community members to “exercise commonsense when getting together with someone face-to-face for the first time.”
Conduct first dates in public places around a lot of people and not at your home or business. With COVID-19 limiting gatherings, opt for a socially distanced group date with friends or virtual meetings for the first few times until you feel comfortable meeting in person.