Lauren Boebert's son was arrested over a spate of thefts as his mom tries to convince voters to look past her chaotic family life

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Lauren Boebert's son was arrested over a spate of thefts as his mom tries to convince voters to look past her chaotic family life
Colorado Rep. Lauren Boebert with her ex-husband and four sons.Lauren Boebert for Congress
  • Lauren Boebert's son Tyler Boebert was arrested on Tuesday afternoon.
  • He's facing 22 charges in connection with a series of crimes in Rifle, Colorado.
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Rep. Lauren Boebert's 18-year-old son, Tyler Boebert, was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and is facing 22 charges, including several felony charges relating to a string of crimes in her Colorado district.

The Rifle Police Department said in a Facebook post that the 18-year-old Boebert was arrested after a "recent string of vehicle trespass and property thefts" in Rifle, a town in Colorado's 3rd congressional district.

According to Garfield County Jail's records, Tyler Boebert is facing four counts of criminal possession of a financial device, four counts of criminal possession of ID documents, and a count of conspiracy to commit a felony.

He's also charged with four misdemeanor counts of ID theft, three misdemeanor counts of first-degree criminal trespass, and three misdemeanor counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

In addition, he's also charged with three counts of the petty offense of theft of less than $300.

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The arrest adds another layer of turmoil to Lauren Boebert's campaign, which is in danger of being completely eclipsed by family issues.

Lauren Boebert announced earlier this year that she intended to run for a new seat in 2024, shifting her campaign to Colorado's 4th district.

She mentioned her family troubles and "children's future" in a Facebook video announcing the decision, calling it a "fresh start following a pretty difficult year for me and my family."

The past year has seen Lauren Boebert's ex-husband arrested twice, the issuance of a restraining order, and her appearing to get handsy with another man in a local theater.

Lauren Boebert has been involved in a contentious and very public split with her ex-husband, Jayson Boebert, with whom she shares four sons.

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In December 2022, Tyler Boebert called 911 to say his father was "throwing" him around the house, according to an emergency call obtained by Business Insider's Haven Orecchio-Egresitz.

The teen then called back to say his father hadn't been physical, with Jayson Boebert later telling BI that it was solely a verbal argument.

In January this year, Jayson Boebert was arrested following an altercation at a restaurant.

Three days later, Tyler Boebert accused his father of shoving him to the ground and putting his hand in his mouth, as well as arming himself during the incident, according to a police report. Jayson Boebert was re-arrested.

This month, the congresswoman was granted a temporary restraining order against him.

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Jayson Boebert told the Denver media outlet Westword that the restraining order was a "prison sentence" to keep him from his family.

Meanwhile, in March 2023, Lauren Boebert said she was becoming a grandmother at the age of 36, announcing that Tyler was expecting a baby with his girlfriend.

She was herself a teenage parent.

Her divorce was finalized in October, but a month earlier, she faced public embarrassment when she was captured on video vaping and appearing to be fondled during a date at a theater in Denver.

The regular parade of news headlines is unlikely to help her election campaign.

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Last week, The Wall Street Journal reported that she was trying to convince her new district that she wasn't all drama.

In a statement provided to BI by email, Lauren Boebert said: "I love my son Tyler, who has been through some very difficult, public challenges for a young man and the subject of attention that he didn't ask for."

She added: "As an adult and father, Tyler will take responsibility for his actions and should be held accountable for poor decisions just like any other citizen."

February 29, 2024 — This story has been updated to include a response from Lauren Boebert.

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