A Grand Junction man, who was wanted for multiple warrants, barricaded himself in a home in the 1300 Block of White Avenue today, resulting in a shelter in place order, as well as the evacuation of several homes in the area.
Law enforcement attempted contact with Eric Valdez, 30, earlier this afternoon, after it was reported that he was in violation of a restraining order. Valdez also had numerous active warrants for his arrest, for charges including harassment, felony menacing, and criminal mischief. Additionally, Valdez was the subject of a GJPD domestic violence investigation which occurred on July 25, and a warrant was obtained in that case for numerous charges, including menacing, assault, and false imprisonment .
Officers and deputies with the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office responded to assist. Valdez initially refused to exit the residence, and out of an abundance of caution, an order to shelter in place was sent out to homes within a one block radius of the address. Additionally, several homes in the immediate area were evacuated.
After approximately an hour, Valdez surrendered without incident and was remanded to the Mesa County Jail for his outstanding warrants.