Gerardo Grajeda, 30, is facing charges of felony menacing following a New Year's Day disturbance in downtown Delta.
Officers responded to Days Inn, 903 Main Street, after staff reported an intoxicated individual had stopped in to ask about a room.
He reportedly headed toward the back reception/bar area, which was closed for a private party. An argument ensued and Grajeda was escorted from the premises.
According to the arrest affidavit, he then tried to enter a motel room after knocking loudly on the door several times. The occupant opened the door and Grajeda asked to use the phone. As he walked toward the phone, he flashed a gun tucked into his waistband at the occupant's wife. When she asked if that was a gun, he quickly left the room.
Grajeda allegedly walked across the street to Hellman Chevrolet and fired a single shot into the air.
When Delta Police officers arrived on scene at about 4:20 p.m., witnesses pointed out the suspect. Several saw him fire the gun into the air, and all agreed he appeared to be intoxicated.
The officers followed Grajeda down the alley where they saw him toss what looked like a black revolver into the locked fenced area behind the Shell Gas Station (Grand Valley Convenience) at 766 Main Street.
With their duty weapons drawn, the officers ordered Grajeda to lie on the ground and they handcuffed his hands behind his back. He was transported to Delta County Jail. Additional possible charges include disorderly conduct, concealed carrying of a firearm, obstruction, violation of a restraining order and reckless endangerment.
Grajeda is a resident of Delta. His first court appearance is Jan. 8, when a formal complaint could be filed.blog comments powered by Disqus