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STEAMBOAT SPRINGS, COLORADO-September 28, 2022-Two individuals arrested yesterday, 18-year-old Zachery Durham and 19-year-old Damion Rhodes, in conjunction with the incident that occurred at the Steamboat Springs High School (SSHS) were issued bond and a protection order by the Routt County Court today.
Judge Erin Wilson set bond for Damion Rhodes, a student at SSHS, at $2,000 with additional conditions. A $5,000 bond was set for Zackery Durham. In addition, both men cannot possess or use firearms, weapons or ammunition and no alcohol or controlled substances. They are not permitted on SSHS property or contacting staff or students. Their next court date is scheduled for Tuesday, October 4.
The arrest stems from an incident yesterday where the Steamboat Springs Police Department (SSPD) received a Safe2Tell complaint about a potential threat. SSPD Officers arrested Durham and Rhodes yesterday afternoon on charges of Interference with Educational Institution and Attempted Felony Menacing.
This case arose from an online post of Durham holding what appeared to be an AR15 style weapon and threatening to do a drive by. There was no location or area specified in the threat as well as no threat targeting a school.
Officers quickly investigated the threat and as part of that inquiry went to the school to contact staff about Durham. Officers learned Durham may be in the area of the school and as a result, the school staff placed the school in “Secure Perimeter,” which permits instruction to continue and students to move inside with the doors locked.
Officers located Durham in the school parking lot a short time later and saw Rhodes loading a magazine into what appeared to be a rifle. Officers contacted the individuals and located an Airsoft gun concealed in their vehicle along with several knives. The pair was arrested without incident.
Safe2Tell is an anonymous way for students, parents, and the community to report any issues concerning safety or the safety of others. SSPD encourages anyone who is concerned about school safety to utilize Safe2Tell (Safe2Tell.org).
ContactsSherry Burlingame, Police Chief, 970.879.4344 or emailMark Beckett, Commander, 970.879.4344 or emailMichael Lane, Communications Manager, 970.871.8220 or email