UPDATE: Police: GJHS on lockdown after nearby attempted bank robbery

A Grand Junction man who attempted to rob a bank and a restaurant this afternoon, struck out both times not getting away with any cash, according to the Grand Junction Police Department.

Robert Buch, 56, was arrested as the suspect thanks in part to a global positioning system unit that he was required to wear as a condition of parole.

Buch is accused of attempting to rob Bank of the West, 1211 N. Seventh St. just before 11:30 a.m. Less than an hour later, a suspect matching Buch’s description attempted to rob Weinerschnitzel, 2550 North Ave.

Officers detained and arrested Buch south of North Avenue.

Several schools including Grand Junction High School and Tope Elementary and nearby daycare centers were placed on lockdown as police sought a suspect in the attempted burglary.

Police said data from Buch’s GPS device placed him the area of the Bank of the West and Weinerschnitzel respectively during the times a suspect attempted the rob those businesses.

Police are seeking a suspect in an attempted bank robbery at Bank of the West, 1211 N. Seventh St. that occurred just before 11:30 a.m.

Grand Junction High School is being put on lockdown as authorities seek the suspect, according to scanner reports.

Police are seeking a white man in his late 40s, about 6 feet tall, with a dark gray goatee. The man is wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and had a plastic bag in his left hand.

Police said the man left headed toward the high school.


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