Grand Junction Police and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office teamed up to capture and arrest three armed robbery suspects early this morning.
Antonio Mack, of Clifton, and Isaiah Medina and Jonathan Melton of Aurora were arrested on a variety of charges including aggravated robbery and felony menacing.
All three are 19 years old.
The three are believed to have committed a pair of armed robberies in the early morning hours at a convenience store and gas station.
According to a press release, at 1:34 a.m., GJPD was dispatched to a report of a robbery at the convenience store at 2847 North Ave.
The report said that three males wearing dark clothing and hooded sweatshirts robbed the store at gunpoint and fled with cash from the register.
Police were dispatched 16 minutes later to the gas station at 599 29 1/2 Road for a second armed robbery. The descriptions of the three suspects was the same as the first robbery.
The person who called in the robbery said the males were armed with two handguns and possibly an automatic rifle of some sort.
The suspects again fled the scene, this time with cash, merchandise, the reporting party’s wallet, and multiple cell phones taken from victims inside the store.
No one was injured in either robbery.
Neighboring law enforcement agencies were notified and area convenience stores were contacted and advised to lock their doors until further notice.
A K9 handler and his partner were called out to begin a scent track of the suspects.
Around 3 a.m., a deputy with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office spotted a vehicle parked near the gas station at 32 ½ Road and F Road. When the deputy attempted to contact the occupants, the vehicle drove away. The vehicle would later get stuck on the railroad tracks nearby and three males, who matched the description of the suspects from the armed robberies, fled on foot. The deputy pursued and was able to detain one of the males.
An emergency “shelter-in-place” notification was sent to area phone numbers and Union Pacific was contacted to halt all train traffic until the suspect vehicle could be removed from the tracks.
The other two suspects were eventually located and placed into custody, with the assistance of the K9 tracking unit.
Cash, two handguns and an additional automatic firearm were found, the press release said.
Mack, Medina and Melton were taken to the Mesa County Detention Facility.