Move over, Balloon Boy dad. Durango has its own alleged prankster.
The Durango Police Department on Tuesday arrested Troy J. Aderholdt, 21, of Durango, after he admitted fabricating an
elaborate story about being attacked at work by a man wearing a scary plastic clown mask with orange hair," said
police Capt. Micki Browning.
Aderholdt falsely reported that the assailant had entered the Alpine Inn, 3515 Main Ave., and threatened to rob him, Browning said. He claimed his skills as a recently returned Special Forces veteran from Iraq allowed him to fend off
the attack, she said.
Investigators were uncomfortable with several inconsistencies in his statement and contacted him again this
morning," she said. Aderholdt admitted to injuring himself and concocting the story, including his participation in
The Durango Herald reported the alleged robbery in a Page 1A story Tuesday.
Aderholdt told the Herald a man in a clown mask exited the driver's seat of a white 1995 Nissan Maxima and entered
the lobby of the motel wielding a knife. The alleged robber took a few punches at Aderholdt and tried to stab him
before fleeing south on Main Avenue, Aderholdt said.
Aderholdt said he recently left the U.S. Army after serving three years in Iraq. He claimed he prevented the robbery.
Police did not return a phone call seeking comment about a possible motive for the hoax or whether Aderholdt's wife
was possibly involved.
Aderholdt's wife, Julianne, who also works at the motel, declined to comment Tuesday. On Monday, she said she was
doing laundry at the time of the alleged burglary. Aderholdt apparently was a live-in manager at the motel and had
worked there only a short time.
A receptionist at Alpine Inn said police arrived Tuesday morning, talked to Aderholdt for about a half-hour, handcuffed him and took him away.
Aderholdt was taken to the La Plata County Jail, where he was being held on suspicion of false reporting, a