Suspect identified in two attempted robberies

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Two separate attempted robberies, one at Bank of the West and another at Weinerschnitzel, lead to the arrest of one Grand Junction man this afternoon.

Robert Buch, 56, is behind bars after being charged with two counts of attempted robbery.

Grand Junction police say he walked into the bank at north 7th street about 11:30 this morning, demanding money, but no money was exchanged.

Less than an hour later he tried to rob the Weinerschnitzel at North Avenue, but he was not given any and was arrested minutes later.

Officers collected various pieces of evidence and witness statements to connect Buch to both crime scenes.

Police say Buch wears a tracking device because he's on parole, and that device also helped lead to the arrest.

Grand Junction typically averages 30 to 50 robberies per year, and officials say being able to give physical descriptions of the suspect as well as how they sound or walk is the best way to help investigators.


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO) -- A man is in custody after he allegedly tries to rob a fast food restaurant. Police say the incident may be tied to an attempted bank robbery about half an hour earlier.

Around 11:30 a.m. on Monday, a man walked into the Bank of the West at 1211 N. 7th Street, stepped up to the teller and demanded money, according to Kate Porras with the Grand Junction Police Department.

He was not given cash, so he left and walked toward the high school.

"Because he was heading toward the high school, we put the high school on lockdown, as well as nearby Tope Elementary and several daycares that were in the area," said Porras.

R-5 High School was also placed on lockdown at 11:50 a.m., but all school were cleared around 12:30 p.m.

At noon, police received reports of an incident at the Wienerschnitzel at 2550 North Avenue.

Porras says a man had attempted to rob the fast food restaurant, but it's unclear if he escaped with any money.

Witnesses gave police a description of the suspect, and officers tracked him to 23rd and North Avenue, where they detained him.

According to Porras, police believe the man may have been involved in the attempted bank robbery as well because witnesses at both the Bank of the West and Weinerschnitzel gave similar descriptions of the suspect.


GRAND JUNCTION, Colo (KKCO) -- GJHS and R-5 high schools and Tope Elementary are all clear after police searched the area around 7th Street in Grand Junction for a suspect who tried to rob a bank.

According to the School District 51 website, GJHS was put on lockdown at 11:30 a.m. due to an issue in the neighborhood.

About 10 minutes later, R-5 High School was locked down as well.

At the same time, the D51 website reported Tope Elementary had been placed on 'shelter in place.' With a shelter in place restriction, classes resume as normal, but no one is allowed in or out of the building.

Initial reports indicate an attempted robbery at Bank of the West located on N. 7th Street. Police are in the area looking for the suspect, using a tracking dog.

KKCO 11 News has a reporter on scene. We'll update this story with more information as we get it.

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