By William Woody
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GRAND JUNCTION — A days-long manhunt for a Utah man — wanted on suspicion of murder — ended in arrest Sunday afternoon, in a residential neighborhood following a 45-minute chase with police, Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputies and the Colorado State Patrol.
With police keeping a safe distance, the man sped down some of the busiest roads in the city, sometimes into oncoming traffic. Amazingly no one was injured.
The suspect, identified as 34-year-old James Main Jr. was arrested at gun point and taken into custody at about 1:30 p.m. Police believe he had been in town since Saturday night and considered him armed and dangerous.
Police allege Main kidnapped two men at gunpoint before killing another man in a home Friday night in Roosevelt, which is in Duchesne County Utah.
According to police, Main arrived in Grand Junction sometime Saturday driving a white 2000 Ford F-250 truck with an extended cab with Utah license plate.
Active searches for Main were conducted in neighborhoods surrounding St. Mary’s hospital and the campus of Colorado Mesa University Sunday morning. The Grand Junction Police Department issued a reverse 911 call at around 12:30 p.m. stating residents should remain inside with doors locked.
Minutes later the police issued an alert that Main had shaved his facial hair, changed clothes, and stole a 2002 Buick sedan to avoid capture.
Shortly before 1 p.m. police officers and deputies alerted dispatch they had spotted the car and were involved in a chase.
The chase started around the I-70 business loop where officers there observed Main driving into oncoming traffic in the east bound lanes. Main then drove up 30 road and merged onto North Avenue. When Main arrived onto Patterson road he drove into oncoming traffic and crashed into at least one vehicle.
For public safety, officers did not pursue Main into oncoming traffic.
Officers then stated they had positive identification the suspect was Main.
The chase then moved into residential neighborhoods where residents there stood outside with phones trying to capture a glimpse of the mayhem.
Main then turned from Orchard Ave onto 29 1/2 road and drove south turning onto Gunnison Avenue. With officers close behind, Main then turned north onto Glen road where he crashed his stolen car into a silver Dodge SUV and GJPD police unit.
Eyewitnesses nearby said Main was arrested with a large would on his face. He was then taken to the hospital shortly before 2 p.m.
There was no information if any weapons were recovered from the stolen vehicle.