Man wanted on the Front Range arrested by SWAT team in Pear Park neighborhood

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A man wanted out of Denver is in custody after a SWAT team arrested him in a local neighborhood Wednesday night.

It all started around 3 p.m. Saturday when police got a tip that Jonathan Hallam, 32, was in a house near 30 1/4 Road and could be armed and dangerous.

He was wanted on drugs and motor vehicle theft charges out of several counties on the Front Range, including Adams, Jefferson and Denver counties.

"All of those warrants totaled $18,000 in bond," said Megan Terlecky, a spokesperson for the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

The SWAT Team arrived to take him into custody. A notice was sent out to neighbors to shelter in place.

SWAT members tried to talk to Hallam and convince him to come outside peacefully, the sheriff's office said. But he failed to comply. After using a couple of flash bangs and tear gas, authorities eventually took Hallam into custody.

"Hard to believe that this neighborhood would come to that,” said Laury Scott, who lives nearby.

Scott has called this area home for 35 years, and SWAT being called out isn't common.

"There are a lot of young kids in this neighborhood so it's a little scary,” said Scott.

Now the neighborhood can go back to the way Scott said it usually is.

"Pretty quiet, lots of kids, they come and go to the school and play to the schoolyard and thank goodness it was away from all that,” said Scott.

In addition to those felony warrants, the sheriff's office said Hallam has previous felony convictions for narcotics, weapons violations and property crime.

All photos: David Jones

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