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Wanted suspect arrested after 6-hour standoff 

Released on Friday, August 14, 2020
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A wanted suspect is safely in custody after a six-hour standoff with police.

At 6:24 p.m. on August 13, 2020, Fort Collins 911 received a report of a residential disturbance in the 300 block of Edwards Street. When officers arrived, three people exited the home. None reported injuries. They indicated that one man was still inside. The man was identified as John Jimenez, 48, of Fort Collins, a suspect wanted on numerous charges related to a previous FCPS investigation.

Jimenez refused to comply with police, barricaded himself in the home, and said that he had a gun. In addition to patrol officers and detectives, FCPS crisis negotiators and the SWAT team responded to assist in resolving the high-risk situation.

Police used numerous less-lethal tools in an effort to safely get the suspect to surrender. Just after 12:30 a.m., Jimenez exited the home and complied with officers. He was treated for exposure to chemical irritants used during the incident, then was booked into the Larimer County Jail on his existing warrants for the following charges:

Retaliation Against a Victim/Witness (class 3 felony)
Stalking – 2 counts (class 4 felony)
Violation of a Restraining Order – 2 counts (class 1 misdemeanor)
False Imprisonment (class 2 misdemeanor)
Violation of Bail Bond Conditions (class 3 misdemeanor)
Harassment (class 3 misdemeanor)
Domestic Violence Enhancement – 2 counts

Additional charges are pending.

“The mission of SWAT is to save lives,” said FCPS Lieutenant Dan Murphy, who oversees Special Operations tactical units. “We want everyone to go home safely. In the end, the outcome is really up to the suspect. Our officers did an outstanding job using different tools and tactics to safely resolve and de-escalate this situation.”

All charges are simply an accusation by law enforcement officers, and any arrested party must be presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.