Delta Police Chief Luke Fedler's fears were realized Nov. 4, when Parker police officers shot and killed Michael Marin, 35, of Montrose, during an exchange of gun fire.
Marin was identified as a suspect in the robbery of the Arby's restaurant in Delta Oct. 14. He walked into the restaurant at 9:50 p.m., had a brief conversation with an employee and left the store with a small amount of cash and coins. He kept his hands in his pockets during the encounter, so DPD was not able to determine whether he had a weapon or not.
Surveillance video and photos from the store were posted to Facebook and Marin was quickly identified.
Chief Fedler was concerned Marin would grow bolder and bolder, and that appears to be the case as he was identified as a suspect in subsequent robberies of the Sonic Drive-in in Clifton on Oct. 22, and the Jimmy John's sandwich shop in Grand Junction on Oct. 29. All three robberies occurred just before closing.
On Thursday, Nov. 2, he became a suspect in a motor vehicle theft from Clifton. Parker Police Department located the stolen vehicle Nov. 4, when officers came in contact with Marin at an apartment complex in the Front Range city.
According to a press release from the Parker Police Department, officers responded to a suspicious person who was knocking on apartment doors at about 9:45 p.m. Officers were given a description of the suspect and his vehicle. When officers responded to the scene, they determined the vehicle was reported stolen out of Mesa County.
Officers located the suspect in the apartment complex at approximately 10 p.m. There was an exchange of gun fire between the suspect and three officers. According to the press release, the suspect was hit and life-saving measures started within minutes. He was transported to an area hospital where he died. The suspect's hand gun was recovered on scene.
The three Parker Police Officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave while the incident is investigated by the 18th Judicial Critical Response Team. None of the officers were injured in the exchange of gunfire.
Chief Fedler said he will not consider the Arby's robbery closed until Marin's death is confirmed by the Parker authorities. Also unconfirmed is a report that Marin's father lived in Parker.
"We were hearing Marin had left the area, and that was indeed the case," Chief Fedler said.
Mesa County investigators would also like to speak with Jessica Rojas, 26, of Montrose, who is believed to have information about Marin's activities.