Man arrested on suspicion of pulling knife on store clerk in Durango

The Durango Police Department arrested a man suspected of menacing a clerk with a knife Monday at the SkyRidge Market in east Durango.

The incident was reported at 1:49 p.m. in the 100 block of Jenkins Ranch Road.

Morgan Miller, the clerk, said a man walked into the store and asked him if he liked to fight. Miller said “no,” and the man pulled a knife from his pocket and started to play with it.

“He says, ‘You don’t need to worry. I don’t need a knife to fight,’” Miller said.

The man started to leave the store, but he poked his head back inside and said, “Do you have a gun to protect yourself?” and then he left, Miller said.

“He was just looking for someone to fight I guess,” Miller said. “Something wasn’t firing right. He didn’t seem drunk or high or something like that.”

Police spotted a maroon Nissan sedan matching the vehicle description near 12th Street and Camino del Rio. They followed the vehicle until enough backup officers were available to initiate a felony traffic stop, in which officers arrest someone at gunpoint.

The vehicle, a rental car, was stopped near River Road and South Camino del Rio, near Home Depot, said Cmdr. Bob Brammer, with the Durango Police Department.

Officers used de-escalation skills to calm the man and make an easy arrest without incident, Brammer said.

“They did a fantastic job,” he said.

The man, whose name, age and hometown were not immediately available, was possibly experiencing a mental health situation, Brammer said.

He was taken to the La Plata County Jail for booking and further questioning.

shane@durangoherald.com

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