Home invaders rob Orchard Mesa couple

By LE ROY STANDISH

At least two people were arrested after a home was robbed around 3:15 p.m. Sunday, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

The robbery took place at a small, ground-level block of apartments at 1821 David St. on Orchard Mesa, where a married couple reside.

“They kicked the door in and they said, ‘We are here from out of state and we are here to collect money for a person you owe money to,’ ” said one of the two residents of the apartment. The 51-year-old man, asked not to be identified.

One of the men had a gun under his shirt. “He actually lifted up his shirt and showed me the gun,” said the man’s 43-year-old wife.

The couple said they do not owe anyone. “These people were just desperate for money,” the husband said.

At first, the men asked for $2,000, then $200, then they just started grabbing things, said the couple. The men stole cell phones, a computer tower and a television set, they said.

One of the men held the husband in a chokehold, pinning him down in a chair, while the others ransacked the apartment, they said.

After the men had grabbed what they could, they told the two not to call police and threatened to kill them if they did, they said.

“The guy shook my hand as they went out the door,” he said.

The man of the apartment said he didn’t listen to the crook’s advice. He followed them on foot, got the license plate of their getaway truck and called the Grand Junction Police Department.

Officers responded quickly.  A sergeant said at least two people were arrested and that their identities would be released Sunday night or today.

The man who lives at the apartment said he recognized one of the people held by police as a person who burglarized his apartment last year. The renters said they now have bars on their windows to keep from being burglarized.

No one was hurt.

The couple said they were nervous now about where they live.

“Now I am a nervous wreck,” the man said. “Now I don’t feel safe in my home.” 


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