Police nab fugitive in Glenwood raid
December 12, 2005
It ended with tiny beanbags, not bullets.For that a lot of people including Mary Lincoln slept better last night.Everybodys prayers are answered and were just saying prayers of thanksgiving, a tearful Lincoln said Sunday night after her son, 24-year-old Samuel Kingman Lincoln, was arrested in Glenwood Springs.Lincoln, Grand Valleys most wanted fugitive, was arrested after an 18-day local manhunt when he walked outside a room he was staying in Glenwood Springs Budget Host, 51429 Highway 6&24, around 6:15 p.m. Sunday.Lincoln reportedly had two handguns strapped to his body and ignored verbal commands to surrender. Glenwood Springs Police Chief Terry Wilson said Lincoln had two high-powered guns, a 9mm handgun in a shoulder harness and small semiautomatic assault pistol in a sling. Both weapons were fully loaded.This is a bad character a very bad dude, Wilson said.Officers fired several beanbag-like projectiles at Lincoln and were able to get him on the ground, according to Mesa County Sheriff Stan Hilkey, who stood near a miniature Christmas tree in the lobby of the sheriffs office Sunday night.Christmas had come early.Were just happy hes safely in a Colorado jail, Hilkey said.Law enforcement had been on Lincolns trail throughout the weekend. Hilkey said theyd received tips Lincoln had possibly been traveling through Delta and Montrose counties over recent days. Glenwood police received a call from Mesa County around 1:30 p.m. that Lincoln was at the motel with a woman. No information was released about the woman and Wilson said that no charges were filed against her.Once the motel was secured and surrounded, Wilson said that they called the room and asked that the woman go to the front desk.Then both of them came out. She walked toward the office and he went to the back of the property, Wilson said.Wilson said it was the best possible scenario.Our No. 1 concern was that he would use the woman as a hostage or a shield, he said. This really could have been a full-blown shoot-out, but [the tactical operation] performed flawlessly.On Thursday, Hilkey offered a $5,000 reward for Lincoln. Did anybody earn the money?Thats too early to tell, the sheriff said.A car identified with Lincoln was reportedly involved in a high-speed chase with Montrose County sheriffs deputies on Saturday night. That suspect car, Hilkey said, was found abandoned around midday Sunday in New Castle. Local authorities were tipped early Sunday that Lincoln could be at the Glenwood hotel room.SWAT officers with the Grand Junction Police Department joined counterparts with Glenwood Springs Police and the Garfield County Sheriffs Office for Sunday nights operation. The hotel had already been evacuated by the time Lincoln ventured outside his room, Hilkey said.Weve been told [Lincoln] hasnt been cooperative and [Garfield County jail] has not been able to get a mug shot, sheriffs spokeswoman Susan McBurney said at 8 p.m. Sunday.