Four-hour standoff leads to arrest

A Craig man who sheriff's deputies say ran from them Friday was arrested Sunday night after a four-hour standoff with police at his home in the 1200 block of Legion Street.

Officers tried to arrest Shaun Philip Sanchez, 26, of Craig, based on several outstanding warrants Sunday, according to a statement from Craig police.

When officers contacted Sanchez, he ran into the house and refused to leave, according to the statement.

Officers suspected Sanchez was armed, and the Special Response Team went to the location, according to the statement. The team includes officers from the Craig Police Department and deputies from the Moffat County Sheriff's Office.

Three other people were in the house when police arrived, but they eventually went outside, police spokesman Lt. John Forgay said.

The people who left the house told police that Sanchez had also left, Forgay said. But officers thought he was still in the house, Forgay said.

Sanchez did not respond to numerous attempts to contact him or commands to leave the house, according to the statement.

Sanchez responded to officers after they sprayed gas into the house, according to the statement.

He said he would cooperate and surrender, but instead opened the door, shouted profanities at officers and went back in the house, according to the report.

The team entered the home and shot Sanchez with a Taser, according to the statement.

Sheriff's Office spokesman Sgt. Rick Holford said that before the standoff, Sanchez was suspected of driving a stolen car found Friday in Craig.

Deputies reported seeing Sanchez driving the stolen Pontiac on Friday night on the west side of Craig, Holford said

When deputies approached the car at the Signal Hill parking lot, the driver and passenger fled, Holford said.

Deputies followed tracks in the snow to the Loaf and Jug, 2401 W. Victory Way, where they arrested Gary Eugene Higgins, 19, of Craig, who they thought was the passenger of the vehicle, Holford said.

Deputies could not find the driver, who they thought was Sanchez, Holford said.

Higgins was arrested and booked into Moffat County Jail on charges of obstructing a peace officer. He posted $750 bond and was released Saturday.

After Sunday's standoff, Sanchez was booked into Moffat County Jail on $30,000 bond for the outstanding warrants.

Sanchez is being held on an additional $15,000 bond on charges of aggravated motor vehicle theft, third degree assault and criminal mischief with domestic violence.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or bjohansson@craigdailypress.com.

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