Shortly after 11:00pm on Wednesday night, a reporting party called 9-1-1 to report that an adult male, who was known to have multiple warrants for his arrest, was at a hotel in the 2700 Block of Crossroads Boulevard. One of the warrants was related to a domestic violence incident and the victim of that incident was reported to be staying at the hotel.
Officers responded to the hotel and were contacted by a second reporting party, who claimed that she was an acquaintance of the suspect and that she believed he was inside her hotel room. The reporting party also stated that another male who was staying in the room with her was likely still in the room with the suspect. Officers, who had set up a perimeter at the hotel, witnessed a male matching the description of the suspect look out the window. The male refused to open the door to the hotel room and repeatedly told officers to go away.
Officers were able to make phone contact with the suspect. The suspect made numerous threats, including stating that he was in possession of explosives and officers should evacuate the building. The suspect stated that he would get into a gun fight with police, and officers were able to hear what sounded like items being placed against the door in the interior of the room. The suspect also claimed that he had a hostage in the room with him. Officers contacted another reporting party who stated that she had received a phone call from another male in the room with the suspect who stated that the suspect would not permit him to leave.
Officers evacuated numerous rooms in the hotel and the SWAT team was called out to assist. Ultimately, after several hours of attempted negotiations with the suspect, the officers used force to breach the door to the hotel room and they took the suspect into custody without further incident. The other adult male in the room was safe and uninjured. Inside the room, a multi-tool with a fold out knife was located, along with several needles, prescription pills, and other drug paraphernalia.
The suspect, identified as Bucky Burke, age 41, of Grand Junction, was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Detention Facility on numerous charges related to this incident, as well as warrants for prior incidents. The charges stemming from this incident include:
1st Degree Burglary (F3)
Felony Menacing (F5)
2nd Degree Kidnapping (F2)
False Imprisonment (F5)
Obstructing a Peace Officer (M2)
Resisting Arrest (M2)
Criminal Mischief (M3)