Man held after standoff

A suspect is in custody after barricading himself inside an apartment at the Racquet Club Apartments on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mesa County Sheriff’s Office reports Grand Junction resident Kelsten Chessani, 28, was arrested following an hourslong standoff inside the apartment.

Chessani had several active warrants for his arrest, including a felony warrant with the Grand Junction Police Department.

When deputies with the Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit attempted to contact him in the apartment complex parking lot he reportedly took off running, eventually barricading himself inside the apartment.

Two people inside the apartment were escorted outside, but Chessani refused to come out, the MSCO reports.

The SWAT team was called in to assist.

At 5:30 p.m. Wednesday the suspect was reported to be in custody and the shelter-in-place for the area was lifted.

Bookcliff Middle School students were already released for the day and deputies escorted children walking in the area at the time.

Nisley Elementary School was put under a shelter-in-place order, the Sheriff’s Office reported.

Parents were told to pick up their children from the school and students were escorted to the bus from school.

Residents in the area were also asked to shelter in place. Residents of the apartment complex were asked to evacuate as a precaution.

The Sheriff’s Office reported that gas was deployed into the apartment and Chessani surrendered.

Arrest made after car chase

Cipriano Vasquez, 22, is accused of vehicular eluding and driving under the influence and received a $5,000 cash-only bond on Wednesday.

A vehicle was seen driving through a red light at the intersection of E and 32 roads at 12:03 a.m. on Tuesday, according to the arrest affidavit.

When the officer attempted a traffic stop, the vehicle accelerated, reaching speeds of 100 mph.

The vehicle was later seen driving into oncoming traffic on the 29 Road overpass, the arrest affidavit said.

The vehicle allegedly swerved in and out of both lanes, driving into oncoming traffic. Officers were instructed to pursue and stop the vehicle because of the extreme danger the driver presented to the public.

The driver was placed in custody at around 12:16 a.m., reportedly telling officers he believed he was in Rifle.

Robbery, assault alleged

Jonathan Kronus, 36, is accused of robbery and third-degree assault and received a $10,000 cash-only bond Wednesday in Mesa County Court on Wednesday.

Twenty-first Judicial Chief Deputy District Attorney David Waite accused Kronus of getting extremely violent with several individuals in a local store, alleging he injured a pregnant bystander in the altercation.

Kidnapping, other charges

Kenneth Bloomquist, 31, is accused of second-degree kidnapping and second-degree motor vehicle theft and received a $25,000 cash-only bond on Wednesday.

Twenty-first Judicial Chief Deputy District Attorney David Waite accused Bloomquist of being involved in a very serious kidnapping situation that got violent very quickly.

“Very concerning in terms of the underlying behavior,” he said.

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