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Armed Suspect Barricades Himself in Olde Town Arvada


Arvada police responded to a call in the 5600 block of Olde Wadsworth Boulevard  around 12:30 pm on February 4, 2009, regarding a barricaded man armed with knives and other sharp objects.

The suspect was standing on the balcony of a second story apartment, allegedly armed with a knife and other sharp instruments. A female employee on the first floor reported to police that the suspect had threatened her.

When officers arrived, the suspect had returned to the apartment and refused to come out.  Jefferson County SWAT, along with police negotiators, were called to the scene.

Schools Put in Modified Lockdown

As a precaution, Olde Wadsworth Boulevard was closed off between West 57th and Grandview Avenue. 

Three schools were placed on modified lockdown:  St. Anne's Catholic School, Arvada Middle School, and Lawrence Elementary.  Parents were allowed to pick up their children, the school buses were operational, but no students were allowed to walk home.

Suspect Arrested

Negotiators and SWAT were communicating by telephone with the suspect, trying to get him to surrender.  There were no hostages involved.  The suspect finally gave up just after 6:30 p.m.

The suspect, Michael Julio Duran, date of birth, 10-18-74, turned himself over to SWAT officers without incident.  He faces charges of felony menacing and refusal to leave premises upon lawful order.