Arizona murder suspect arrested in Grand Junction |

Arizona murder suspect arrested in Grand Junction

Paul Shockley
Grand Junction Correspondent
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado

GRAND JUNCTION ” A man wanted in connection with an Arizona murder was arrested outside a Grand Junction home Tuesday afternoon.

John Neal, 19, walked out of 1945 N. Fourth St. shortly after 4 p.m. when Grand Junction Police SWAT officers had called inside the home.

Several other people inside the home were detained then released. The home includes a married couple who have a son and three daughters ” Neal was acquainted with one of the daughters.

Grand Junction police officer Chip McIntyre said they learned Tuesday morning from Arizona authorities that Neal was in Grand Junction ” the home was under police surveillance the rest of the day.

Neal was wanted in connection with a December murder in Mohave County, Ariz. ” a detective from the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday was seen questioning people who were in the home with Neal.

Grand Junction SWAT, along with Mesa County Sheriff’s deputies, closed off North Fourth Street near Orchard Avenue.

George Cook, who lives across the street from the home, said heavily armed police descended on his street around 3:30 p.m.

“I’ve been here 53 years and haven’t had any excitement like this,” said Cook, 88.

Cook said Neal has been at the home “a couple months.”

“I’m shocked,” Cook said. “He seemed quite nice. He came over three times just to shovel snow out of my driveway. Had to make him take money.”

Neal is expected to appear in Mesa County court today for an extradition hearing.

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