You Don’t Have to Go Home, but You Can’t Stay Here #GVCopBeat

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SchnellerOfficers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a home in the 1100 Block of Colorado Avenue at approximately midnight on Sunday, November 30, on a report of a male entering the residence and refusing to leave when instructed to do so by the homeowner.  Upon arrival, the victim advised that the suspect, who was unknown to the victim, had made himself at home, and was seated in the dining room area.

The victim stated that he had been watching television when he heard a loud crash coming from the rear of the home.  The victim stated that he observed the suspect, later identified as Tanner Schneller, 27, enter the back door into the kitchen.  The victim stated that he ordered Schneller to leave his home 10-15 times.  Schneller refused, telling the victim that he “comes to this address to hang out all the time.”  The victim again confirmed that he did not know, nor had ever seen, the suspect.  Eventually, the victim stepped out of his house, and called 911.

Upon taking custody of Schneller, officers observed that he appeared to be highly intoxicated, with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech, and poor balance.  Schneller told officers he was extremely high from smoking marijuana.

Schneller was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on one charge of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of a Dwelling, a class 5 felony.

2 thoughts on “You Don’t Have to Go Home, but You Can’t Stay Here #GVCopBeat

    Samantha Swingle said:
    November 30, 2015 at 7:49 pm

    Thanks to officers response, this episode ended well. What does the GJPD recommend residents do if someone enters their house? Should the resident leave? Lock themselves in a room and call 911?

      GJPD responded:
      December 1, 2015 at 10:17 am

      That’s a great question, Samantha. We recommend keeping doors and windows locked whenever you can, even when you’re home. If you should be faced with an intruder into your home, demand that they leave and call 911 as soon as possible. Get you and your family to a safe place. That may mean leaving the residence, or locking yourself in a room with an exit point, such as a window. No property is worth the life of your or your loved ones. Thanks for asking!

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