Shooting suspect posts bond, arrested again
The suspected gunman in a melee last month in Grand Junction was arrested Thursday — his second arrest in 12 days — for allegedly possessing a little more than four grams of methamphetamine.
Michael Renteria Jr., 21, had been free after posting a $100,000 bond on Feb. 19, three days after he was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder, assault and menacing, among other charges, relating to the shooting of 37-year-old Frank Rodriguez, who was wounded twice in a leg in the front yard of 476 Glen Road. Two other men and a woman were injured with baseball bats.
On Thursday, officers were looking for Renteria Jr. after a warrant issued alleging he failed to appear in court Monday for a minor traffic case. When he was placed in handcuffs Thursday afternoon at 2005 Elm Ave., Renteria Jr. was asked by an officer if he had anything in his pockets that might hurt the officer, according to an arrest affidavit.
“I don’t know, these aren’t my pants,” Renteria Jr. replied, adding they belonged to a friend.
A bag with suspected meth, weighing 4.1 grams, was found in his left pocket as well as a syringe, the affidavit said. The affidavit notes caseworkers with Mesa County Child Protective services were also at the Elm Avenue home on Thursday to check on the welfare of several children.
Renteria Jr. was arrested on suspicion of possessing more than two grams of meth, possession of drug paraphernalia and violation of bail-bond conditions. Visiting Judge Art Smith on Friday ordered he be held at the Mesa County Jail on a $10,000, cash-only bond.
Renteria Jr. was arrested just hours after his father, Michael Renteria Sr., 47, was advised in court on suspicion of several charges relating to the Feb. 16 incident on Glen Road.
A brawl that day stemmed from a child-custody dispute, an affidavit alleges.
Renteria Sr. and a woman drove to 476 Glen Road to pick up his 19-month-old grandson, who was staying there, the affidavit said.
A witness told police Renteria Sr. was “honking his horn and yelling for them to bring the child out,” the affidavit said. Rodriguez came out and tried calming him down, at one point leaning against the car door to prevent Renteria Sr. from getting out.
Authorities have alleged Renteria Sr. left but soon after returned to the address, armed with a baseball bat, while several witnesses said Renteria Jr. brandished a gun and shot Rodriguez. A third suspect, who has yet to be charged in the case, was also believed to have been with the Renterias.