2 armed with bats went to home with shooter, witness says
A child-custody dispute erupted Saturday in Grand Junction with one man shot multiple times, along with two other men and a woman being struck with baseball bats, according to an arrest affidavit.
Michael Renteria Jr., 21, 2005 Elm Ave., was booked late Saturday at the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, menacing and reckless endangerment. He’s being held on $100,000 bond. Grand Junction Police Department spokeswoman Kate Porras said an investigation remains active.
Police on Monday released an arrest affidavit for Renteria Jr. with several pieces of information removed, including many names.
The affidavit includes a statement from one witness who told officers Renteria Jr. was among three people who drove up around 11 a.m. Saturday to 476 Glen Road in what started as a custody dispute. The witness said two people had baseball bats and Renteria Jr. had a small, semi-automatic handgun.
Sean Dibble, 30, told officers he felt like his right arm had been broken at the elbow after being hit with a bat by one of the suspects. Erica Dibble, 27, said she had been hit in her left side by a bat-wielding suspect. Her common-law husband, Frank Rodriguez, 37, allegedly was shot twice in the leg by Renteria Jr.
The assailants, allegedly including Renteria Jr., fled in several cars as police were arriving at the scene.
A fourth assault victim, Scott Stallings, 28, who was also hit with a bat, told officers one of the suspects yelled death threats as they were fleeing.
“Stallings said as Renteria Jr. was driving off in the blue Ford Explorer, he saw Renteria Jr. pointing a gun in his direction and fire two to four additional shots at him,” the affidavit said.
One man, who was interviewed at Renteria Jr.‘s home, claimed someone had “jumped” him earlier in the day at the Glen Road home, which prompted the fight.
The man claimed he was unaware Renteria Jr. had a gun when they went back to the home.
Renteria Jr., who fled his home prior to officers arriving, was arrested nearby in the 2600 block of North Avenue.