April trial date set for man in standoff

A case against a Craig man who held police at bay in a standoff stemming from a domestic disturbance in July will go to a three-day trial in April.

Jonathon Crook, 23, faces attempted second-degree assault and third-degree assault charges in an alleged domestic abuse incident involving his former girlfriend, 18-year-old Megan Valenzuela.

After hearings in the case, a judge reduced the charges from attempted second-degree murder and second-degree assault.

According to court documents, Valenzuela told police that Crook had choked her until she blacked out, hit her in her eye with a fist and threw a beer bottle that struck the left side of her head.

Police officer Dale Secules found Valenzuela crying and holding her head July 26, the documents state.

She was taken to The Memorial Hospital and treated by Dr. Allan Reishus, who later completed a serious bodily injury form for police.

During a September preliminary hearing, Valenzuela recanted that she had blacked out after Crook choked her and admitted that she had been on a drinking and methamphetamine binge during the incident.

Valenzuela told police that she and Crook were fighting because of two people who had come to the residence, 796 Barclay St.

Valenzuela also first told police that Crook had a 12-gauge shotgun and that he had sawed off the barrel.

She said the gun had been brought over by one of two people who were visiting the residence.

Responding to the alleged assault, police surrounded the home and demanded that Crook come out of the residence.

At one point in the roughly 12-hour-long standoff, Crook told police to shoot him because he didn't want to go back to jail, police said.

Jonathon Crook came out of the house and immediately was arrested after police fired a tear gas-like substance in the residence early July 27. Ted Crook, Jonathon Crook's father, said his son slept through most of the night.

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