SWAT team responds to possible hostage crisis; one man arrested

A man is taken away in handcuffs from Racquet Club Apartments, 2915 Orchard Ave., by two Mesa County sheriff’s deputies Sunday morning, after a reported domestic violence incident. A woman was taken from the scene to a hospital with non-life threatenting injuries, according to Lt. Jim Fogg. A SWAT team had surrounded the building in reponse to a possible hostage situation.

In response to a call about a possible hostage situation, members of Mesa County’s Sheriff’s Department’s SWAT team surrounded an apartment building Sunday morning at Racquet Club Apartments, 2915 Orchard Ave.

Deputies arrested one man in connection with a possible domestic incident, but it wasn’t clear early Sunday afternoon whether the man had held a person hostage, according to Lt. Jim Fogg with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department.

SWAT team members were working from a phone call Sunday that a man at the apartment complex had held a woman hostage with a knife and had been beating her for three days.

The identity of the man taken into custody Sunday wasn’t immediately available. A woman and a baby were seen taken away from the apartment complex.

The woman was taken to a hospital with injuries that were not life-threatening, Fogg said. The incident occurred in the third story of apartment building D.

The man and the woman walked out of the building as the SWAT team was setting up outside, Fogg said.

“Lucky for us they came out without knowing they were coming out to us,” he said.

The morning incident was one of many that kept deputies hopping on Super Bowl Sunday.

Just after noon, deputies had 20 other calls, mostly reports of domestic violence, Fogg said.

“You’ve got people drinking and partying and the stress of the game itself,” he said of the increase in calls.

Mesa County Sheriff’s Department deputy Garrett Henderson was busy with the increased calls Sunday.

“It’s a tad busy,” he said. “We’re still trying to play catch- up. That’s what happens when you mix alcohol and humans. It’s a little more steady than normal.”


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