Man, 29, suspected of eluding deputies, armed robbery

John Morgan

A man who was serving probation was arrested early Thursday on a warrant on suspicion of robbing a man at gunpoint and eluding Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputies in a brief chase earlier this week.

John Nicholas Morgan, 29, 544 E. Valley Drive, was ordered held on $200,000 bond Thursday, a day after authorities allege he drove to a home in the 3800 block of G Road and threatened the residents, including an infant child, according to an arrest affidavit.

A man at the home alleged that Morgan, Benjamin Pelton, 29, and two unidentified women, drove up to the property and began waiving a semiautomatic handgun in the predawn hours Wednesday.

The man said one of the women was angry with him over a text message and called him a liar.

When later asked why Morgan would show up at his home with a handgun, the man told deputies he thought Morgan might believe he’d stolen a pair of shorts.

The affidavit said Morgan was reported to be involved in dealing and using drugs, prior to Wednesday’s incident. The man at the home, though, denied Morgan’s visit was drug-related.

The man said he gave one of the women $75 in cash, before the women, Pelton and Morgan fled in a green Ford Mustang.

Deputies responding to the call pursued a similar car, which ran over a stop sign at one point, for about two miles before the driver stopped around the 700 block of 36 1/10 Road.

The passenger, Pelton, was arrested, but the suspected driver, Morgan, ran away from deputies.

A deputy involved in the pursuit identified Morgan as the driver, based on booking photos on file, the affidavit said.

Inside the car, deputies recovered an ounce of suspected methamphetamine, a pipe, a “large” roll of cash in addition to a box holding .45-caliber ammunition, the affidavit said.

Morgan had been serving probation after his 2005 felony conviction for possession of a controlled substance, according to court records. It was his fourth felony conviction.


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