A Grand Junction man wanted by law enforcement and a woman in his company were arrested Wednesday night after allegedly barricading themselves at the Quality Inn in Delta.
Jay Linkenhoger, 36, and Alexandra Gomez, 19, were accused of multiple offenses after refusing to leave the hotel for about two hours, despite being told via loudspeaker that they were under arrest, according to affidavits.
According to Delta County Jail records, Linkenhoger remained in custody Friday; Gomez had been released on a personal recognizance bond.
The Delta Police Department on Wednesday was alerted by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Unit that Linkenhoger, who was wanted on several warrants, had been seen at the hotel, along with Gomez. Linkenhoger was “known to be on run from the police,” his arrest affidavit states.
According to the document, deputies from the Street Crimes Unit had learned Linkenhoger allegedly was armed “and was possibly going to shoot it out with law enforcement.” He further was known to use illegal drugs and flee from police contacts in Mesa County, the affidavit alleges.
At about 9 p.m. Wednesday, a man and woman were seen running from the west and into the hotel. The affidavit states police called a room there and Gomez answered but abruptly hung up when she learned the police were outside. The document does not indicate how police knew which room to call.
About 30 minutes later, a task force investigator allegedly saw Linkenhoger try to make it out the window. The suspects then allegedly barricaded themselves in the room by using the furniture to prop the door and block the window, trashing the room in the process.
The Mesa County Special Weapons and Tactics members surrounded the room and, via loudspeaker, repeatedly told Linkenhoger and Gomez they were under arrest.
Police said the two emerged from the room only after its window was broken, and were taken into custody.
The affidavit says police found a handgun 3 feet from the door, as well as suspected methamphetamine in a coffee filter that had been placed in a plastic container, plus more suspected meth in a tissue box.
The police also reported finding a pen that can be used to smoke meth and “various sizes” of ammo.
“Several bump keys/jiggle keys,” a lock-pick kit and weighted gloves “used to break items when punched” were also reported found, along with several unidentified pills floating in the toilet, which were dissolving.
The affidavit says room’s interior was “destroyed” and its carpets soaked with an unknown alcoholic beverage.
Per the document, Linkenhoger was previously convicted of weapons possession by a previous offender; he also was wanted on warrants.
He was arrested on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance; as a special offender; weapons possession by a previous offender; possession of burglary tools, tampering with physical evidence, criminal mischief, failure to leave premises and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Gomez was arrested on suspicion of drug possession; possession of of burglary tools, tampering with physical evidence; criminal mischief; failure to leave premises, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana paraphernalia by a person under 21.
Formal charges have not been filed.
Both suspects are set for court Sept. 19.
The Delta incident occurred several hours after a barricade incident at a Montrose hotel Wednesday morning, in which the suspect was shot in the hand after allegedly taking aim at an officer.
Delta Police Chief Luke Fedler could not be immediately reached for comment on the Quality Inn matter Friday, when his department issued a news release about the incident.