Neighbors Say They Were Evacuated After Overnight Incident
KREX News Room
CLIFTON, Colo. Residents in one Clifton neighborhood say they were evacuated out of their homes overnight. Just after midnight Mesa County Sheriff's Deputies were called to Delicious Drive for a possible domestic violence incident.
According to an arrest affidavit, when officers arrived Michael Ridenour refused to exit the home he was in after an alleged assault. With reason to believe he was in possession of a weapon, authorities took action.
One neighbor, Krista King, tells NewsChannel 5 she was at home when an officer asked her to turn her porch light off. Moments later an officer knocked on her door again, telling her everyone in the house had to evacuate through the back door. She says she and other neighbors were escorted to 33 Road and asked to stay out of the area until further notice.
"I was just staying strong for the kids but inside I was freaking out. After I helped my landlord get her kids in the car, when her mother came to get her, I just started hyperventilating and freaking out. My fiance has just gotten off work so he was freaking out because I said SWAT team was there and we were escorted out and that we either had to go to a hotel or his mom's house," said King.
Another neighbor tells NewsChannel 5 that at around 5 a.m. he received a call saying he could go home.
Ridenour is facing charges including menacing and assault.