Orchard Mesa Couple Robbed at Gunpoint in Broad Daylight, Four People Detained

By: Tim Ciesco Email
By: Tim Ciesco Email

The Grand Junction Police Department says four people have been detained following an armed robbery at an Orchard Mesa apartment Sunday afternoon.

Harold Williams was in the backyard of his David Street home, when he figured out something going on.

"I heard the yelling," says Williams.

He says his wife was peering out the front window of their apartment just seconds before things got loud, and she saw two men dressed in plain clothes walk to their neighbors' door.

"When she saw them, she thought they were basically normal people," says Williams.

Those neighbors did not want to go on camera, but tell 11 News the men knocked on their door and began demanding several items including money. The woman who lives there says the men then forced their way inside the apartment, showed her and her husband a gun, and threatened to kill them if they tried to call police.

"We've had problems [in this area]," says Williams. "But not to this extent."

The couple said the men took their computer, their flat screen TV, and their cell phones, then fled the complex in a white pickup truck.

Williams and his wife rushed over to their neighbors and let them borrow a cell phone. They then called police and told them what had happened.

"We're all a family and a community and if one does not watch after the other, what are we doing?" says Williams.

Officials say as officers were on their way to the scene, they found a truck matching the description the victims gave and cornered it in the 3000 block of Rood Avenue. With guns drawn, they handcuffed the four people inside the truck on suspicion of armed robbery.

"That was a relief," says Williams. "That they were able to catch them so quickly was a great thing."

Officials say two handguns and property from the apartment were found in the truck.

The victims say despite police taking potential suspects into custody, they don't feel safe in their home. And watching his kids playing in the yard, Williams says it will probably take a while for the complex to shake this one off.

"When you can't even be safe in your own home during the day, it scares me," says Williams. "It really scares me."

Officials say charges against the four people officers detained are pending a full investigation.

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