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One arrested in 11th and Bookcliff assault incident, two other alleged suspects at large

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Published: Dec. 29, 2020 at 9:00 AM MST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2020 at 2:45 PM MST
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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KJCT) - The Grand Junction Police Department (GJPD) released on Wednesday that one person has been taken into custody following an early morning incident that closed Bookcliff Ave between 11th and 12th Street for several hours on Tuesday.

Police say Brian Burstein, 51, was arrested in the incident and is facing kidnapping and assault charges (list of charges can be found below).

Police were originally called to the 1100 block of Bookcliff Ave. around 5:30 a.m. after the reporting party found a woman who had been assaulted at a nearby residence. Upon arrival, officers found the injured woman, and she was swiftly transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The woman who was assaulted told the responding officers that she had been kidnapped and assaulted by known persons. Officers set up a perimeter around the residence and closed traffic between 11th and 12th Street on Bookcliff Ave.

Police repeatedly tried to contact one of the suspects involved, who had barricaded himself inside the residence.

After several hours of unsuccessful contact, the SWAT Team made entrance into the residence and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident according to the GJPD.

Police say they are still searching for two other alleged suspects tied to this incident. However, this incident is believed to be isolated and there is no outstanding danger to the public.

Burstein is facing the following charges:

  • Second-degree kidnapping
  • Attempted second-degree assault
  • Felony menacing
  • First-degree criminal trespass
  • Assault in the third degree
  • False imprisonment
  • Obstructing a police officer

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