Friday, November 15, 2019

One person detained after standoff

MESA COUNTY, Colo – Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies arrested Andrew Arms, 19, of Grand Junction this afternoon following an hours-long standoff at a home on the 900 block of 24 Road.

This morning deputies investigated multiple reports of car break-ins and home burglaries in the area of 24 Road and I ½ Road. Several items including two guns were reported stolen. Through the course of the investigation deputies identified a person of interest at a nearby residence.

When deputies attempted to contact the subject, he barricaded himself inside the residence and refused to come out. Given guns were stolen, the subject was believed to be armed. Out of an abundance of caution, the joint Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Junction Police Department SWAT Team was called in to assist.

After several hours, Arms gave up and was arrested without further incident. Charges related to this incident and the recent thefts are still under review pending further investigation.

A community notification to shelter in place was sent to 61 residences in the area. It has since been lifted. Appleton Elementary School delayed a bus for about ten minutes to keep students away from the area. Middle and High School buses were not affected.

The case is still under investigation.