I-70 Temporarily Shut Down During High-Risk Traffic Stop

Mesa County Sheriff's Deputy's temporarily shut down part of Interstate-70 Wednesday night, while executing a high risk stop.
The incident was set into motion shortly before 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, when the Sheriff's Department received the call about a man allegedly kidnapping a woman and two children at gunpoint and driving a vehicle headed to the Rifle area.
Palisade Police spotted the suspect's green Chevy Tahoe a short time later heading towards I–70 and assisted the Sheriff's Department in the high-risk stop.
According to the Sheriff's Department, the suspect, 22-year-old Marco Sanchez, was having domestic problems with his girlfriend who at the time of the alleged kidnapping, was clearing out of the apartment the two shared.
Sanchez told the woman he had a gun and forced the victim and two children into the vehicle.
The Sheriff's Department initiated the high-risk stop at mile marker 46 on I–70, closing the eastbound side for nearly 20 minutes. Sanchez did not put up a fight and while the initial 911 call indicated he was armed, law enforcement officials say a weapon was not found in the vehicle.
The Sheriff's Department also said Wednesday's incident stems from a weekend domestic violence episode with Sanchez and the victim.
Sanchez has been booked at the Mesa County Jail on a number of charges, including 2nd-degree kidnapping, felony menacing, criminal impersonation and two counts of child abuse.


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