Standoff suspect to remain in prison |

Standoff suspect to remain in prison

A Craig man who was in a 4-hour standoff with police earlier this month will remain in jail on $45,000 bond, at least until his preliminary hearing next month, a judge ruled Tuesday.

Shaun Phillip Sanchez, 26, of Craig, was arrested Dec. 5 after a standoff with police at his home in Craig.

Sanchez is charged with felony aggravated motor vehicle theft, robbery, criminal mischief and third-degree assault. Because the victim was Sanchez’s girlfriend, according to police reports, each charge is attached with a domestic violence modifier.

Sanchez also has an outstanding warrant from Garfield County for drug charges and a warrant from Mesa County for failure to appear in court.

Sanchez appeared for a status hearing before Moffat County Judge Mary Lynne James Tuesday via video conference from the Moffat County Jail.

Sheryl Uhlmann, Sanchez’s public defender, asked the judge to address Sanchez’s bond, but the judge declined.

Sanchez has charges from other jurisdictions. James said she didn’t want to change bond on those charges.

James set a Jan. 3 preliminary hearing for Sanchez. At the preliminary hearing, the judge will address the bond amounts, she said.

Police say Sanchez stole his ex-girlfriend’s car Dec. 1 after assaulting her.

Police found the car abandoned a day later. But when they returned to get the car, it was gone, according to police reports.

Sheriff’s deputies reported seeing Sanchez driving the car Dec. 2. When they approached the car, Sanchez ran away, according to reports from sheriff’s deputies.

Police say they contacted Sanchez at his home on Legion Street on Dec. 4.

Police say Sanchez refused to come out of the house for four hours before police sprayed gas into the house and shot him with a Taser gun.

Sanchez has been in Moffat County Jail since his arrest.

Brandon Johansson can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 213, or

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