One-time Springs city councilwoman arrested on domestic violence allegations, charges dropped
All charges tied to claims of domestic violence for a former Colorado Springs city councilwoman were dropped.
Prosecutors dropped the felony charges against Lisa Czelatdko on Tuesday,
A former Colorado Springs city councilwoman is facing a slew of charges after allegedly greeting her husband with a can of mace, then hurling knives at him while trying to force him out of their house.
Court documents obtained by our news partners at The Gazette claim 48-year-old Lisa Czelatdko screamed at her husband Thomas to "get the hell out of my house," then started pulling items off of shelves and chunked them at him. A large tool missed Thomas Czelatdko and smashed through a car window, the arrest affidavit says.
The fight then moved from the garage to the house, where Lisa allegedly opened a drawer and collected a handful of knives to throw at her husband. Court documents say one of the knives hit Thomas in the knee.
Thomas, 51, told police he was scared for his life during the Jan. 18 attack.
Lisa's attorney issued a statement to The Gazette suggesting she may have been defending herself.
"Lisa Czelatdko is a devoted mother of four, a hardworking businesswoman, and she was a dedicated public servant who has always put family and community first. Eventually, they find themselves in the difficult position of having to protect themselves from harm. We fully expect the truth will come out. At this time, I ask that the media respect her and her children’s privacy during this trying time.”
Czelatdko posted a $10,000 bond Tuesday, four days after her arrest. She is currently facing charges of second-degree assault, felony and misdemeanor menacing, and misdemeanor criminal mischief charges for the damage to the car.
Czelatdko served as a Colorado Springs city councilwoman from 2011-2013. She and her husband have been married 22 years and have four daughters.