Man responsible for evacuation of county buildings in custody for unrelated incident |

Man responsible for evacuation of county buildings in custody for unrelated incident

The man suspected of making threats Tuesday that led to the evacuation of two Garfield County offices was arrested in Edwards later in the day after a separate incident.

Second-hand threats relayed to authorities by the man’s estranged wife led workers at the Garfield County Department of Social Services to evacuate the Mountain View Building in Glenwood Springs and the department’s offices in Rifle Tuesday afternoon.

The man was believed to be headed for Glenwood Springs, and county officials elected to clear the buildings. Police stood by until the offices were empty and locked.

Meanwhile, Gregory Young, 47, of Edwards, was arrested around 8 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of felony menacing, reckless endangerment, carrying a concealed weapon and unlawful use of a weapon.

Eagle County deputies were called by the manager of Young’s apartment complex in Edwards after Young locked himself out of his apartment, Eagle County sheriff’s spokeswoman Kim Andree said.

When Young went to the manager’s office for help, he allegedly made menacing statements to the manager. The manager said he felt threatened and thought he saw a gun in Young’s hand, so he called police, Andree said.

When Eagle deputies arrived at Young’s home, they knocked on the door. While they were still outside, they heard what they thought was a gunshot and ran for cover. Young eventually came out with his hands up and was taken into custody by police, Andree said. He was freed Wednesday on a $15,000 bond.

Authorities declined to reveal the nature of the threats to Social Services workers.

“Nothing ever happened. He never made it here,” said Glenwood Springs Police Lt. Lou Vallario. Police have closed the case, he said.

However on Monday Young was arrested by Garfield County sheriff’s deputies on suspicion of third-degree assault, domestic violence and possession of drug paraphernalia, Garfield County Undersheriff Jim Sears said.

That arrest followed an incident involving Young and his wife, from whom he is separated, Sears said.

Young also is related to a four-month-old infant who died at a home on Marand Road in Glenwood Springs on Monday, but that situation is unrelated to the other incidents, Sears said.

“It just happened that everything happened at the same time,” Sears said. “When we arrested him on the domestic violence, at the time, the deputy didn’t know about the baby being dead.”

The death of the infant, whose name was not released, is being investigated by the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Garfield County Department of Social Services. An autopsy was conducted, but results were not yet available.

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