Shortly before 8:00am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the City Market on Rood Avenue on a report of a robbery in progress. Initial reports indicated that a male entered the store, approached the service counter, requesting a paper and pen, and proceeded to write a note to the employee, stating that he was robbing the store, and demanded money.
Upon the arrival of officers, the suspect, identified as Terry Betts, 39, was still on scene, and was taken into custody without incident. In fact, Betts had been released from the Mesa County Jail just 15 minutes prior to committing the robbery, and stated that he wanted to go back to jail, where he feels “safe and stable.” Betts claimed that he never had any intention of robbing the store, and was only trying to get arrested again. At one point during his attempt, he asked the store clerk “what was taking the police so long.”
Although Betts told store employees that he was armed with a gun, a search incident to arrest revealed that he was not in possession of any type of weapon.
Betts was successful in getting himself arrested, and was remanded to the Mesa County Jail, on charges of Attempted Robbery (F4) and Felony Menacing (F5).