Halloween "Pranks" Not So Harmless
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. First responders were kept busy Halloween night as several pranks went too far. One incident put a man behind bars and the other involved explosive devices.
Just before 8 p.m. Grand Junction Police authorities responded to reports of a loud boom in the area of Sherwood Park. Officers began looking in the area but did not immediately find where the sound came from. Just after 8:30 p.m., a second explosion was heard in the area, and a nearby officer spotted a flash and smoke at the Salvation Army building.
Firefighters and officers responded to the building. Officials say two separate devices were placed underneath the downspouts, and caused the explosion. The bomb squad collected evidence, but haven't confirmed what the bomb was made of. They are unsure if it was homemade or a commercial device.
There is no suspect information at this time. Officials are asking the public if they saw anyone suspicious in these areas.
A separate incident that happened in Grand Junction put a man in jail. Just after midnight an officer was walking on the 500 block of Main Street near the breezeway. A man who was standing in the breezeway, later identified as 29-year-old Patricio Preciado suddenly smiled and held up his gun, saying he was just kidding and that it was a toy gun.
The officer then took the fake fun from Preciado and called for additional officers. Preciado told the officer that he did not know he was a cop. The officer was in full uniform at the time and arrested Preciado for attempted robbery and felony menacing.
Based on his training and experience, the officer involved believed based on Preciado's posture as he held what looked to be a real gun and Preciado's tone of voice, that his life was in danger. Whether Preciado was kidding or not, officials say his actions put himself in grave danger.
Grand Junction Police authorities say the officer's alertness, discipline and continued training allowed him to end this dangerous situation in a manner that stopped the criminal conduct and allowed the officer to take the suspect into custody without further incident.