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May 18, 2012
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Update: Armed man booked on 8 charges

A Rifle man arrested Thursday after taking a handgun into Crossroads Assisted Living in Rifle was booked into the Garfield County Jail on eight charges related to the incident, authorities said Friday. No shots were fired or injuries resulted.

Gregory Roberton Blurton, 54, of Rifle, was arrested for alleged failure or refusal to leave the premises or property upon request of an officer, felony possession of a handgun, a misdemeanor count of carrying a concealed weapon, criminal mischief, first-degree burglary, two misdemeanor counts of crimes against at risk adults and felony menacing.

A news release from the Rifle Police Department said officers responded to Crossroads, 375 W. 24th St., at 2:47 p.m. and learned Blurton was in a resident's room, but they were unsure if he was alone or had taken a hostage. Officers found Blurton locked in a rest room, determined there was no hostage and began to negotiate with him.

After a short time, officers gained access to the rest room and took Blurton into custody at 3:26 p.m. They also recovered a handgun.

During the incident, Crossroads residents and staff were evacuated for a short time. The news release said the E. Dene Moore Nursing Home staff offered to house the residents and the Garfield School District Re-2 transportation department was ready to take them to the nursing home, but were not needed.

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