Barricaded suspect surrenders before SWAT entry

Photos by GRETEL DAUGHERTY/The Daily Sentinel—A SWAT team, above, approaches a home at 1615 Orchard Ave. on Sunday after Grand Junction police were told that a man fled to the home after a suspected domestic violence incident nearby. BELOW: Officers are shown arresting Dustin James Grider without incident.

A Grand Junction man eye-balled the massive SWAT vehicle in front of the 1615 Orchard Ave. home where he had barricaded himself Sunday afternoon and decided to surrender.

Dustin James Grider, 35, was arrested about 4:30 p.m. Sunday outside the home, according to Grand Junction Police Sgt. Jim Creasy.  Grider was held on suspicion of third-degree assault/domestic violence, second-degree criminal tampering, criminal mischief and second-degree burglary.

Creasy said officers were called to a home in the 1200 block of Bookcliff Avenue twice on Sunday in relation to suspected domestic violence. The second time, about 2 p.m., the victim said the man may have gone to a the home of a person he knew at 1615 Orchard Ave., a hunch made because the residence was nearby.

Creasy said the hunch paid off and that Grand Junction police officers who arrived at the home saw the man inside and found evidence he had kicked in a gate and gained entry to the home. The residents of the address were not home Sunday afternoon at the time of the incident.

The man did not come out of the house at first, so SWAT team members and a SWAT armored rescue vehicle, nicknamed a “Bearcat,” responded to the scene.

“Just after the Bearcat arrived, he came out,” Creasy said.


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