Authorities Continue Investigation into Bomb Incident, No Arrests Made
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Local investigators spent their Monday executing several search warrants and questioning numerous suspects in Sunday’s bomb incident at the Racquet Club Apartment complex in Grand Junction.
Authorities have yet to release any names or make any arrests, but say they're looking for more than one person.
“Me and Tanner were completely unaware of this because he was sleeping,” said Tiffany Elliot, neighbor. “So I snatched him out of bed and I was really rattled.”
Elliot and her 2-year-old son were among the dozens of residents who had evacuated their homes at the apartment complex Sunday afternoon during the search.
Neighbors say authorities ran through building E, telling residents to leave because a bomb and bomb materials had been discovered.
“So we went outside and just sat down here for a while and watched the bomb squad come and put on the big suit and go in there and check it out,” said Elliot.
Authorities found a backpack with canisters filled with gun powder and sealed with duct tape. They took it to a separate location away from the apartments and rendered them safe.
Officials do not believe the suspects lived at the apartment complex, but rather left the backpack at a friend’s apartment. Those friends then went ahead and called 911 when they discovered what was inside of it.
“The GJ Police Department Bomb Squad had to activate it for it to go off,” said Heather Benjamin, public information officer for Mesa County Sheriff’s Office. “Unofficially at this point, we don't have reports but it could have been very dangerous had it gone off.”
Authorities say this case has been moving very quickly because of all the information they've received.
“Investigators have great leads on their suspects so they are going to move forward with that information right now,” said Benjamin.
But even though the scene has since been cleared, and investigators continue their search, Elliot can't help but to think back to that day she could only sit and wait in fear.
“Well this is my child,” said Elliot “The life of my child is very important to me so I was very scared.”
Authorities say a case like this hasn't happened locally in over 5 years, and believe no residents living at the apartment complex are of any targets.