Cops: Man ran down alley to lose intruder

Michael Lewis

A Grand Junction man was behind bars Sunday on allegations that he pushed in the door to an acquaintance’s home, attempted to force the man into his vehicle, threatened to assault him and chased the man down an alley when he attempted to flee, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Michael Steven Lewis, 33, 1120 Rood Ave. No. 4, was arrested on suspicion of felony charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree kidnapping, menacing and other related misdemeanor charges.

According to an arrest affidavit for Lewis, the man said he was watching a movie alone at his apartment Saturday afternoon when he answered a knock at the door and a person later identified as Lewis pushed his way inside.

The man said after Lewis kicked the door in, he agreed to go outside to where a truck and another man were waiting. The man said it appeared Lewis was going to hit him with a Maglite flashlight so he fled down an alleyway, with Lewis chasing him for about 20 to 30 feet, the affidavit said. The man lost his slippers in the muddy alleyway and was found wearing muddy socks when contacted by police.

Friends had told the man that Lewis would be coming to his house to kill him, because Lewis believed he had broken into his home and stolen items from him, the affidavit said. However, he told Lewis and police officers that he did not steal from Lewis.

Lewis was in jail Sunday on a no-bond hold because he was on probation during the time of the incident.


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