Jared Polis, Colorado Democratic gubernatorial nominee, allegedly pushed a female employee who had been stealing files from an office in Boulder, Colorado, according to a police report dated June 23, 1999.
In the police report that was obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, Polis admits to police that he shoved Patricia Hughes “at an office Polis had in Boulder for a company called JPS International LLC.”
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Polis, whose legal name at the time was Jared Polis Schutz, told authorities that Hughes “had given her resignation a few days earlier, but called him on the day in question saying she had information to ‘go after’ him if her exit from the company did not go smoothly.”
Polis changed his name “to honor his mother’s maiden name” in 2000, according to the Washington Free Beacon. Polis (Schutz at the time) told Hughes not to take any sensitive documents, and drove quickly to the office.
“After hanging up with the dispatcher, Ms. Hughes attempted to leave the office. Mr. Schutz physically blocked the door to prevent her from leaving. She moved toward him again, this time hitting him with one of her bags. Mr. Schutz then put both of his hands on her shoulders and pushed her back to prevent her from leaving,” according to the report filed by the officer who interviewed Polis.
Polis’s account of the extent of the physical contact differs greatly from what Hughes told a separate interviewing officer.
“Hughes then tried to leave and Schutz did not let her leave. Hughes said that he grabbed her and pushed her back into the office. Hughes said that when Schutz pushed her she was pushed back into a file cabinet, hurting her leg.”
“Hughes said that she then said that she was going to call 911 and went to the phone. Hughes said that she tried calling 911 three times and twice Schutz hung the phone up. The third time Hughes got through,” according to Hughes’s interview with police.
Police noted observing ” “two bruise marks on Ms. Hughes left inside bicep and a red welt on her thigh,” which she claimed Polis caused.
“The welt on her thigh she said was from Mr. Schutz pushing her back when she attempted to leave,” the report continued. “The welt was conducive with the a [sic] file cabinet in front of the door. There was also a key protruding from the upper right hand corner of the cabinet that could have produced the welt.”
After police inspected Hughes’ bag, they found that she “did knowingly and unlawfully take several files with original contracts and other sensitive documents” from Polis’ office.
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Separate court documents show that Hughes sought and was later granted a temporary restraining order against Polis just two days after the incident. Around three weeks later, however, the order was vacated.
At the time of the incident Polis was 24, and Hughes was 46. She remarried, and died in August of 2014, reported the Washington Free Beacon. Her obituary did not include the cause of death.
Polis is currently serving the remainder of his 5th term as representative to Colorado’s 2nd Congressional District. Polis won the Democratic nomination for governor in late June of this year, having defeated a field of rivals which included a former state senator, former state treasurer, as well as a current lieutenant governor.
At the time, Polis invested around $11 million of his own money in his campaign. Polis has been listed as one of the ten-richest members of Congress, due in part to early entrepreneurial internet endeavors which he sold for millions of dollars.
Polis faces Republican state Treasurer Walker Stapleton in the November general election.