Denver police identify suspect, Thomas Valdez, in standoff at S. Colorado Blvd. and E. Florida Ave.

DENVER - Denver police have identified the suspect accused of barricading himself for nearly six hours Sunday inside a record store at South Colorado Boulevard and East Florida Avenue.

Thomas David Valdez, 31, is being held in the Downtown Detention Center for investigation of felony menacing, criminal mischief and refusal to leave premises involving a weapon, according to jail records. 

Police said they received a report at 2:35 p.m. of a robbery at Second Spin and then a report of a barricade situation in a building.

According to an arrest affidavit, Valdez entered Second Spin with one or two guns and pointed them at two people in the store. He told everyone to get out of the store and then damaged property in the shop.

During the standoff, police notified nearby businesses to shelter in place. They also asked the media not to show photos of officers outside the building, in order not to alert the gunman to their positions.

Police said the suspect didn't make any demands and never made voice contact with officers during the standoff.

Police said they entered the building and conducted a room-to-room search before finding the suspect. Police said Valdez surrendered without incident at 8:19 p.m.

In 2009, Valdez was arrested in Denver on suspicion of felony sexual assault and trespassing in an auto with intent to commit a felony, according to court records.

Valdez pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual contact and prosecutors dismissed the auto trespassing charge, court records show. He was sentenced to five years of Sex Offender Intensive Supervised Probation and 20 months in jail.

 

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