The DA today said Ms. Ripple will be charged with felony criminal trespass. The couple, who are both psychiatrists, were consulted on the charging decision.
When someone illegally enters your home, ignores your demand to leave and continues their approach, I think any reasonable person would believe they intended physical harm — especially when it’s dark and they can’t see the intruder.
Ms. Ripple will likely end up with a plea that avoids a felony conviction and ensures she gets treatment. She’s lucky she wasn’t killed.
That being said, the couple, Timothy Justice and Doreen Orion, should start locking their screen door when they go to bed. It may be the People’s Republic of Boulder, but this isn’t the sixties and it’s felony stupid to believe because you live in a progressive college town, no one would break into your house.