Justus intervenes in attempted holdup
Jeremy Justus laid down the law.
Soon after 56-year-old Robert Ray Buch handed a brown paper bag to a female employee at Wienerschnitzel, 2550 North Ave. and demanded “all the (expletive) money,” the 22-year-old Justus, the employee’s co-worker, apparently wasn’t impressed when the same demands were made to him around noon Monday, in what authorities allege was Buch’s second failed robbery that morning, according to an arrest affidavit.
Buch was holding his hand in the front pocket of his hoodie, mimicking a gun, through a window.
“(Female) said Justus slammed the window closed on the suspect’s hand,” reads Buch’s affidavit. “She said the suspect pulled free, leaving the bag and fleeing on foot toward Hastings.”
Buch was arrested at a nearby bus stop and later declined to be interviewed by investigators, who booked Buch into the Mesa County Jail on suspicion of the Wienerschnitzel attempted robbery as well as a similar failed bid at Bank of the West, 1211 N. Seventh St. The bank incident, reported around 11:23 a.m., sent Grand Junction High School, Tope Elementary School and a day care center into a brief lockdown.
Buch is unable to post bond at the Mesa County Jail because of a parole hold.
An affidavit alleges a Global Positioning System ankle monitor, which Buch was wearing as a condition of parole, documented his movements between both crime scenes on Monday.
Buch now is alleged to have violated his parole for the second time this year.
He was arrested Jan. 30 for violating parole by failing to provide a urine sample for an alcohol test, according to Katherine Sanguinetti, spokeswoman for the Colorado Department of Corrections. Buch was unemployed at the time and failed to show at several meetings, Sanguinetti said. Buch was sent back to prison Feb. 16, but released again on mandatory parole June 28, she said.
Buch, who has five felony convictions, was sentenced to 24 years in prison in 1997 following a conviction for aggravated robbery in Grand Junction, but granted discretionary parole in July 2009 and released back to Grand Junction.
District Attorney Pete Hautzinger told a judge Tuesday he was “strongly inclined” to file habitual criminal charges against Buch, potentially enhancing any penalties in the case.
Buch is scheduled to be formally charged next Tuesday in District Judge Richard Gurley’s courtroom.