Bail set for man in standoff

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Charges have been filed and bail has been set at $50,000 in a case against a Craig man accused of holding off police in a 12-hour standoff earlier this week.

Jonathon D. Crook, 23, is being held in the Moffat County Jail on charges of attempted second-degree murder, first- and second-degree assaults and possession of a dangerous weapon.

Additional charges may be pending, said Amy Fitch, chief deputy district attorney.

Crook allegedly held officers at bay from a house at 796 Barclay St. the night of July 26 after police came to arrest him in connection with a domestic disturbance. Crook's girlfriend told police that he had been beating her for almost 24 hours prior, and that Crook had sawed off the end of a shotgun that one of his friends had brought over.

Police made phone calls into the house to lure Crook out of the house but received no reply. At about 4 a.m. Tuesday police fired CS gas, a chemical similar to tear gas, into the home. Crook left the house immediately and was arrested.

According to court documents, Crook was arrested by Boulder Police in a November 1996 incident and charged with assault, menacing, reckless endangerment and carrying a concealed weapon. Crook also was arrested by Denver Police in an October 2001 incident and charged with vehicle theft, driving without a license and proof of insurance. Craig police arrested Crook in December 2003 as a fugitive from another jurisdiction.

Sgt. Bill Leonard of the Craig Police Department said he thought police handled the incident well because nobody got hurt.

"The bottom line is no innocent citizens got hurt," he said.

The incident also gives police a chance to review standoff protocol.

"You just go with the best plan and hope that it works," Leonard said.

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