Robbery victims arrived home to find man fleeing
Specific details about a Wednesday home robbery, auto theft and lengthy SWAT standoff were released by law enforcement Friday, and indicate that the robbery victims arrived at their Little Park Road home to find a man fleeing out the back door.
Police allege Chad Evans, 23, then fled down the driveway, where he encountered the mother of the homeowner, who lives in another house on the property, arriving in her car. After trying to jump a fence and falling, Evans is alleged to have stolen the woman’s car, which she left running when she jumped out to confront Evans, according to police.
The victims were able to provide a clear description of Evans — a white man with a close-shaved haircut wearing a blue camouflage jacket, carrying a large backpack with items allegedly taken from the home. More property was stacked on the back deck of the home, according to police.
The white 2008 Honda CRV taken from the residence sped away, nearly hitting one of the robbery victims.
A business owner soon after reported a suspicious vehicle in the Riverside neighborhood, where police descended about 3 p.m.
Police contacted two juveniles in the neighborhood, who said they had been approached by an apparently injured white man who asked the two boys “if he could stay in their house,” according to an affidavit.
The man police say was Evans claimed “he had been beat up by some ‘Mexicans’,” according to the boys.
Police say that one of the juveniles told Evans “he would have to ask his mom” — before Evans ran into an empty shed nearby.
He eventually kicked in the front door of a neighboring abandoned home, at 636 1/2 Lawrence, which police quickly surrounded when alerted to his presence.
A search warrant was served by the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County SWAT team some hours later, and Evans was taken into custody.
Evans of Delta was booked into Mesa County Jail on charges of second-degree burglary, theft, robbery, identity theft, second-degree aggravated motor vehicle theft, second-degree criminal trespassing and driving with a canceled driver’s license.