Armed assault call prompts measures at 2 Grand Junction schools

Grand Junction police are looking for a man armed with a knife who reportedly assaulted a woman this morning, prompting safety precautions at West Middle School and Grand Junction High School.

Police said West Middle was initially ordered into lockdown, then transitioned at 11:15 a.m., to “shelter in place” after officers were called to the 1700 block of N. First Street after a woman reported she was assaulted by a man she knew. The suspect reportedly kicked in her door, assaulted her and fled. Police are still looking for him.

Aside from West Middle, extra officers also went to Grand Junction High School as a precaution, police said.

“At this time,” Grand Junction police said in a release, “they have not located the man but do not believe the schools are in danger.”

As of 12:15 p.m., West Middle had returned to normal operations. Outside gates leading into the courtyard at the school will remained locked today, with a staff member at each one, according to District 51.

Anyone with information about the incident was asked to call 242-6707.


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