Authorities Release Suspects Identity


After nearly three days of investigation, authorities release the identity of the suspect who was shot by officials atop the Monument and say he has an extensive criminal background.

Andrew Young of Colorado Springs is facing more than 35 charges in Mesa County. 11 News has learned that Young has served a number of years in prison already and has a lengthy rap sheet which stems from October of 1996, and he's also wanted for murder in another part of the state.

In December of 2004 the El Paso County Sheriff's Office executed an arrest warrant out of the South Denver area for first degree murder and robbery charges. According to authorities there they did take Young into custody. At that time he was also facing theft and third degree assault charges as well. Authorities there aren't saying why or how Young got out. But one thing's for sure; he resorted back to his old ways.

On Monday morning Young was shot multiple times after eluding Grand Junction Police officers during a traffic stop, later trying to steal a car in Glade Park and eventually ramming his vehicle head–on into a law enforcement blockade.

The Mesa County Sheriff's Office has charged the 28–year–old with three counts of attempted first degree murder of a peace officer and nine counts of attempted murder in the first degree; both of which are class two felonies. He is also charged with 12 counts of first degree assault.

Young was released from St. Mary's Hospital and is being held at the Mesa County Detention Facility.

The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Team is still collecting and reviewing evidence.


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