This morning, at approximately 9:30am, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the 600 Block of Grand View Drive. A reporting party called and stated that his car tires had been slashed by his neighbor, and the suspect was yelling, screaming, and threatening other neighbors with a knife.
The suspect in this incident is known to law enforcement, and has a history of threats and violence toward police, to include an assault against a Grand Junction Police officer with a firearm in 1986. Because of his volatile history, a shelter in place was sent out to several residences in the area, including two daycare facilities. Numerous attempts were made to communicate with the suspect over the phone, with no success. Ultimately, ten houses in the immediate vicinity of the suspect’s residence were evacuated by law enforcement, and the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team responded to assist in the apprehension of the suspect.
Ultimately, the suspect, 69 year old David Hendricks, of Grand Junction, exited the residence and was taken into custody at 2:47pm. After being medically cleared, Hendricks was remanded to the Mesa County Jail for criminal charges including felony menacing. Once law enforcement ensured the area was safe, the shelter in place order was lifted at 3:35pm.
We want to urge Mesa County residents to sign up for emergency alerts through the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center. Emergency alerts are a vital communication tool that allows us to notify residents of critical safety information in their area, such as shelter in place orders. If you haven’t already done so, please take a moment to sign up to receive emergency alerts today by clicking here.