GPS directions led Chris Ochoa and his girlfriend to the wrong home while driving to a friend’s wedding rehearsal dinner some 30 miles south of Denver, prompting the irate homeowner to chase Ochoa down in a truck, cut him off and point a gun to Ochoa’s head, according to Colorado law enforcement records.
“I stayed as still as possible because I knew he was in a rage, I knew he could shoot any time, and I knew I could die at any time based on how he was reacting,” Ochoa, 26, wrote in a statement to law enforcement. “As a minority, I felt in danger.”
In the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) incident report, Ochoa told deputies the homeowner, later identified as Paul Favret, chased him down in a truck and yelled, “I want to blow your f*****g head off” after he made a U-turn on Favret’s driveway.
Ochoa told deputies Favret didn’t listen to his apology but continued to act in an aggressive manner while waving the gun around.
The Douglas County District Attorney’s Office has filed five criminal charges against Favret, including two felony menacing charges and three misdemeanors.
Favret, the CEO of Resource Energy, is seen in Facebook images shared by Ochoa standing next to a red pickup with a pistol in his hand.
The images were captured by Ochoa’s girlfriend, Ochoa wrote in a Facebook post detailing the incident.
The encounter between Favret and Ochoa happened on June 12, just south of Sedalia at the intersection of Elk Canyon Place and Elk Canyon Drive in the wealthy neighborhood of the Elk Ridge Estates.
“The Facebook post in question does not portray an accurate version of the events. However, I deeply regret my actions that day,” Favret said through a company spokesperson.
“In the incident report, Favret initially denied to a responding deputy that he pulled out his gun when confronting Ochoa,” 9News reports. “He changed his story when the sheriff’s deputy showed him the photos taken by Ochoa’s girlfriend. Favret told the deputy he didn’t remember that part of the incident. According to the report, Favret told officers he was on pain medication.”
Ochoa, who identifies as Mexican-American, said the incident scared him enough that he didn’t end up attending the wedding in the same neighborhood the following day.
According to his LinkedIn profile, Favret serves as the chief executive officer and was the CEO and president of Resource Energy Partners. Prior to that, the bio says, Favret founded Source Energy Partners. Favret’s bio has since been removed from the company’s website.
“After being made aware of this last week, Resource Energy Partners placed Mr. Favret on administrative leave and retained outside counsel to conduct a thorough review of the incident,” a statement released by a company’s spokesperson read.