Florencio Gonzalez, 19, was arrested on several outstanding warrants after attempting to flee from officers in a stolen vehicle, and then barricading himself in a home on West Main Street in the early hours of this morning.
Shortly after 10:oopm on Thursday night, officers observed a suspect driving a stolen vehicle on D 1/2 Road. Officers followed the vehicle for several minutes, but when the suspect failed to yield, officers did not pursue. Multiple officers were able to maintain visual contact with the stolen vehicle in various areas of town, and eventually located the stolen vehicle unoccupied near the Riverside area. Officers were able to observe a male, matching the description of the driver of the stolen vehicle, on foot in the Riverside neighborhood. Officers were able to determine that the male broke into a residence in the 800 Block of W. Main Street. They observed fresh footprints in the snow, leading up to the backdoor of the residence, as well as a boot print on the door, which had sustained some damage.
Multiple officers quickly set up in the area and conducted surveillance of the residence, and observed movement in the home, indicating it was occupied. Through a search of dispatch records, contact was made with the renters of the home, who were able to confirm that they were out of town, and no one should be in the house. Officers received consent from the renters, as well as the property owner, to enter the home. Officers also located numerous rounds of ammunition in the abandoned stolen vehicle, which the owner said were not there when the vehicle was taken. Emergency medical personnel staged in the area, and the SWAT team was called out, as well as the mobile Incident Dispatch Team and a K9 unit. A shelter in place was sent out for a three block radius from the house.
Multiple loud hail commands were given, ordering the suspect to exit the residence, and he failed to comply with officers’ instructions. Ultimately, a small amount of gas was deployed into the house, and the suspect then surrendered without further incident. Gonzalez was booked into the Mesa County Jail for multiple outstanding warrants, stemming from charges of armed robbery, burglary, and motor vehicle theft, among others. Additional charges stemming from this incident are pending.
This is another example of great collaboration among multiple specialized units, including SWAT officers with the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. Ultimately, the actions of Gonzalez demanded a large amount of law enforcement personnel and resources for over five hours.