Suspect in slaying, robbery arrested
A Grand Junction man wanted in connection to a shooting during an attempted robbery that left another man dead was arrested early Sunday morning.
Joshua Eugene Ringold, 22, was taken into custody on suspicion of single counts of first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder, aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary and two counts of menacing with a deadly weapon. He is being held without bail in the Mesa County Jail pending his first court appearance, which is expected to be today.
Mesa County sheriff’s officials said they received an anonymous tip that Ringold, who was considered armed and dangerous, was believed to be at a relative’s home at 597 Darby Drive, sheriff’s spokeswoman Lisa McCammon said. Sheriff’s deputies and a sheriff’s Special Weapons and Tactics Team responded to the location and arrested Ringold, who offered some resistance, with the help of Grand Junction police and a Fruita K-9 unit at 2:11 a.m., McCammon said.
Deputies had located Ringold in a house in the 2900 block of Globe Willow Avenue early Saturday morning, but he fled before he could be apprehended.
When asked if any of Ringold’s relatives could be investigated for aiding or harboring a fugitive, McCammon said it would be hard to say, given the ongoing nature of the investigation.
Authorities identified Ringold as the shooter in an attempted robbery allegedly perpetrated by Ringold, another man and a teenage boy at 293 1/2 28 Road early Friday morning. The homeowner at that location found three men making banging sounds at the front door and armed himself with a metal pipe. He was shot, but not before he was able to hit one of the assailants with the pipe, according to sheriff’s officials. The name and condition of the homeowner haven’t been released.
One co-conspirator, 16-year-old Cody English, also was shot and died. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office said English died from a gunshot wound to the chest and ruled his death a homicide.
A second co-conspirator, 20-year-old Jeremiah Carey of Grand Junction, was arrested Friday on suspicion of aggravated robbery and first-degree burglary.
Much of the details of the robbery and shooting remain unknown to the public. The arrest warrant affidavits for Ringold and Carey are sealed.
Both Ringold and Carey have criminal histories in Mesa County.
Carey was sentenced to three years on probation and 18 months in work release a year ago for cultivation of marijuana, forgery and burglary, according to Colorado Bureau of Investigation records.
Carey at one point was affiliated with a group of youth known as Hawthorne Park, or HP, which some believed to be a gang.
In an interview with The Daily Sentinel in 2008, Carey and other teenagers insisted they were merely friends who live near the downtown Grand Junction park and that the group was about making rap music.
“It’s like a clique; we ain’t violent,” said Carey, who was 16 at the time.
Ringold pleaded guilty in 2009 to first-degree criminal trespass and tampering with evidence and was sentenced to three years on probation.
He also was arrested last year for failing to appear in court and contempt of court.