When police arrived at the scene in the 900 block of East Main Street in the parking lot by Big J Jewelry and Loan, they found the victim “lying on the ground and bleeding from his face and elbows and knees, kind of skinned up,” said Cmdr. Gene Lillard of Montrose Police. Lillard said the victim, a 52-year-old man, stated that two males beat him up and took his wallet.
The call came in just a few minutes before midnight, Lillard said, and the victim, who was walking home from a store, was attacked between 11 and 11:30 p.m.
Police and Montrose sheriff’s deputies rushed to the scene, where a 16-year-old boy spotted running nearby was chased to a house in the 1000 block of South First by Deputy Steve Gustin, Lillard said. A Montrose police officer knocked on the door and asked if the boy was inside, and his mother said he was. He was taken into custody and is being held on a $15,000 bond at Grand Mesa Youth Services, the juvenile detention center in Grand Junction.
At about the same time, Officer Gio Mendoza spotted the other suspect running down an alley in the 600 block of South Second Street. When other officers tried to contact him, Tomas Chavez took off, but was tackled and “ended up in a wrestling match,” Lillard said. Chavez, who Lillard said, “was combative the whole time,” didn’t stop when officers used a Taser on him because it hit his backpack, so they Tazed him again, Lillard said.
That didn’t stop Chavez, who was possibly drunk, from remaining combative, and he shoved his head against a police car window, giving himself a bloody nose. Before being taken to the Montrose County jail, officers took Chavez to the Montrose hospital for medical clearance, Lillard said.
Chavez, 19, is charged with suspicion of robbery against an at-risk adult, third degree assault, resisting arrest and underage consumption of alcohol.
The 16-year-old boy faces similar charges of robbery against an at-risk adult, third degree assault, obstruction, and underage consumption of alcohol. He is being held in the Montrose County jail, also on a $15,000 bond. Both boys appeared to be under the influence of alcohol, Lillard said.
Lillard praised the combined efforts of Montrose Police patrol officers and detectives as well as the Montrose County Sheriff. “Our guys were on the ball,” he said. “They wouldn’t have caught them if they hadn’t been paying attention, doing what they get paid for.”