Glenwood Middle School on lockdown
December 8, 2006
Glenwood Springs Middle School was on lockdown early Friday morning due to some “police activity” in the area, resulting in the arrest of three individuals.Around 9 a.m. Friday morning, Glenwood Springs Middle School resource officer Rob Santos responded to assist officers in a possible vehicle theft at the Affordable Inn in West Glenwood.Two men, Joaquin Avalos-Rios, 38, and Israel Avalos-Rios, 21, were arrested on charges of first-degree criminal trespass, theft and possession of burglary tools. No vehicle was stolen, but items from the reported car were found in the suspect’s vehicle. Both men were reported to be Mexican nationals and were transported to Garfield County Jail.While Santos was assisting on the first call, a second “stolen vehicle” call came over the radio. Knowing that another suspect was on the loose in the area, Santos shut down the school.Anthony Villegas, 18, of New Castle was arrested on counts of motor vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trespass and resisting arrest. Police responded after reports of a stolen vehicle, taken from the Target parking lot in Glenwood Meadows Shopping Center, was spotted at the 7-11 store in West Glenwood just after 9 a.m. Friday morning.Middle school principal Brad Ray was impressed with the cooperation from his staff and the police department.”Everything was smooth and the kids did a great job,” Ray said. “It was a good job of communication between the police and the school.”According to Ray, the school was only on lockdown for approximately 15-20 minutes around 9:30 a.m.The Aspen Times, Aspen, Colo.