At approximately 10:40 a.m., three subjects were reported to be trespassing at Bookcliff Middle School, 540 29 1/4 Road. The subjects were located and contacted by a Grand Junction Police Department officer in the area of 29 1/2 Road and Orchard Avenue. One of the subjects was believed to be reaching for a weapon, despite the officer’s commands, and the subjects were detained at gunpoint until back-up officers arrived on scene. Once other officers arrived, all three subjects were placed into custody without incident. Subsequently, a BB gun (photo attached), which looked alarmingly similar to a real firearm, was found in the possession of one of the subjects. The restraint shown by this officer was commendable.
The subjects involved were two 16 year old males, and one 20 year old male, later identified as Frank Foster. Foster was found to have three active warrants, and was searched incident to arrest. Foster was found to be in possession of drug paraphernalia and methamphetamine. Foster was transported to the Mesa County Jail and booked on charges of 3rd Degree Criminal Trespass (PO1), Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO), and Possession of a Schedule I/II Controlled Substance with Intent to Distribute (DF4). The juveniles will be charged with misdemeanor crimes and released to parents/guardians. Bookcliff Middle School went into lockdown during the incident, but was released shortly after, with the assistance of other law enforcement personnel and school security officers on scene.