BREAKING NEWS: Authorities Arrest Man Suspected of Attempting to Rob Two Businesses
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - A man is in custody, after officials say he's suspected of trying to rob a bank and a nearby restaurant in Grand Junction just after 11 a.m. Monday.
Around 11:20 a.m. authorities got a call that a man had walked into the Bank of the West on North 7th Street in Grand Junction and demanded money.
According to police scanner activity, the suspect was described as a white male in his late 40s, with gray hair and facial hair. He reportedly had a plastic bag over his left hand and was wearing a dark sweatshirt.
The suspect reportedly fled from the bank on foot heading towards Grand Junction High School, which was temporarily placed on lockdown, as well as Tope Elementary.
Then, just after noon, authorities received reports that a man with a similar description to the attempted bank robber, went up to the Wienerschnitzel walk-up window on North Avenue and demanded money. According to authorities the suspect then fled on foot towards Hastings where he was later arrested shortly after 12:30 p.m. nearby in front of Taco Time.
The man, who has been identified as Robert Buch, remains in custody and authorites are asking bank witnesses to identify him.
The lockdowns at Grand Junction High School and Tope Elementary School have now been removed and the schools are running normally.
We will bring your more details on the attempted robberies as soon as they become available.