Brothers accused of murder attempt; both jailed on bond

Two Grand Junction brothers are accused of assaulting a man with a knife and causing a traffic accident during an incident that developed over the span of two days earlier this month, according to an arrest affidavit.

A parole client, Efren Tomas Sanchez, 25, along with his brother, Nicholas Sanchez, 24, were ordered held Friday at Mesa County Jail on bonds of $150,000 and $100,000, respectively, in connection with an incident June 11 near the Department of Energy’s facility on Orchard Mesa. The pair were arrested Thursday on suspicion of three counts each of attempted first-degree murder, among other charges.

The Sanchezes were believed to have been occupants of a Chevrolet pickup found crashed June 11 and on its side near a shooting range at 252 26 3/8 Road, the affidavit said. Witnesses reported two Hispanic men fleeing the scene. Next to the truck, a Chevrolet Blazer was on its roof.

One person inside the Blazer was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of minor stab wounds.

Wayne Kelley, 26, who had been inside the Blazer, told investigators he had agreed to meet a man in the area to secure the return of Kelley’s backpack, which was dropped during a fight with the man the night before. The agreement was made over the phone.

“Mr. Kelley had tried to explain to (Efren Sanchez) by phone that (Sanchez) is on parole, and Mr. Kelley is in Community Corrections, so they should try to settle their differences verbally and without getting into trouble,” the affidavit said.

When they met, the Sanchezes allegedly rushed Kelley and another man with a knife, leaving Kelley and the man fleeing back to their Blazer. The alleged victim and Kelley were able to get back to the Blazer, which sped from the scene.

The attackers were soon seen inside a pickup, “flying at us,” a witness told authorities. The truck hit the back passenger side of the Blazer, causing it to roll.


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