Two Garfield County men arrested in Grand Junction shooting
GRAND JUNCTION ” Two Garfield County men have been arrested in connection with a Grand Junction shooting that has hospitalized two other men.
The shooting occurred on Friday night a little after 10 p.m. in the Orchard Mesa area.
According to a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office press release, Tommy Lee Perez, 25, was arrested on suspicion of criminal attempt to commit murder in the second degree and first-degree assault, and his brother Joshua Ray Perez, 22, was arrested on suspicion of being an accessory to commit murder in the second degree and accessory to commit first-degree assault. They were both taken into custody on Saturday and transported to the Mesa County Detention Facility.
It’s believed that both suspects are from Parachute.
Investigators conducted interviews during the night, including with the two shooting victims. Some of the information gained led Rifle Police to contact the two Perez men.
Mesa County deputies were dispatched to 297 Boston Lane in Grand Junction for a report that two people were shot. When deputies arrived, they found one man at the doorway of the home and the other man was on the ground in the driveway of the home.
The two victims were identified as Anthony Garcia, 36, and Clinton Waters, 24. The press release said the men were transported to St. Mary’s Hospital. The shooting occurred at Garcia’s home.
According to the arrest affidavit, witnesses said they heard gunshots and then saw three Hispanic males flee the scene in a silver or gold Yukon or Trailblazer SUV.
The affidavit said that Garcia had been shot in his left leg, near the groin, and on the right side by his ribcage. His leg was broken from the bullet.
Walters was shot three times in the abdomen.
Following surgery, Garcia’s condition was listed as stable and Walters as critical, according to the arrest affidavit.
A cell phone found at the scene helped connect investigators to Tommy Perez.
Rifle Police were informed that Tommy Perez was at the Rifle hospital receiving stitches in his upper lip due to being in a fight with Joshua Perez. The siblings had inconsistent stories as to where the fight occurred but seemed to indicate it was in Grand Junction, the affidavit said.
A weapon was found nearby on the 29 Road Bridge and identified as a Colt .357 handgun. The revolver had five spent casings and one unfired round. An Investigator noted there was engraving on both sides of the grip of the revolver. The engraving was the name R Ybarra. Police said they believe the suspects attempted to throw the weapon into the river.
The affidavit said that based on the investigation and witness statements, there is probable cause to believe Joshua Perez fired five rounds from a .357 magnum handgun at Walters and Garcia. Tommy Perez was present at the shooting, and left the scene with Joshua Perez and an unidentified third male after the shooting.
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