It took a team effort, but Summit County’s law enforcement agencies were able to apprehend an Iowa man suspected of using a shotgun to rob the 7-11 and Shell gas station located at 120 Blue River Parkway in Silverthorne.
The alleged crime took place shortly after midnight on Saturday, June 28, when James Ray Ross allegedly walked into the 7-11 convenience store, brandished a long-barreled shotgun and demanded money from the cash drawer, according to a town of Silverthorne news release.
Within minutes officers from the Silverthorne, Breckenridge, Dillon and Frisco police departments, as well as deputies from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the Colorado State Patrol, were all searching for Ross, who was ultimately taken into custody without incident about four hours after the initial call.
Silverthorne police chief Mark Hanschmidt offered the good working relationship among local law enforcement agencies as a warning to future criminals who may be eyeing Summit County as a potential location for their next heist.
“That’s what happens when you try to do an armed robbery in Summit County,” he said. “We had police officers from Breck, Dillon, Frisco, the sheriff’s office and Colorado State Patrol assisting us with the search in a matter of minutes.
“When an agency needs assistance, everyone shows up to help. That’s the way we train here. That’s the way it works in Summit County.”
Upon their first arrival at 7-11, officers learned from store employees that Ross fled the scene with an undisclosed amount of money in a dark sedan towards Chipotle at the Outlets at Silverthorne. He was first spotted by law enforcement parked behind trees at the Tesla charging station, also located at the Outlets.
When first approached by police officers, Ross allegedly backed his sedan up into a Silverthorne police car and attempted a getaway down Ptarmigan Road. Because Ptarmigan Road dead ends at the Daley Ranch, officers decided to form a perimeter and wait Ross out, rather than get involved in a high-speed car chase and put lives at risk, Hanschmidt said.
At about 4 a.m., officers stationed near the intersection of Summit County Road 2020 and Ptarmigan Road noticed a dark sedan approaching cautiously. Officers conducted a stop and Ross surrendered without incident.
Ross is in custody on $100,000 bond at the Summit County jail, according to the news release. He’s been charged with one count each of aggravated robbery, menacing, vehicular assault and vehicular eluding, all felonies, as well as one count each of theft, prohibited use of a weapon and reckless driving, all misdemeanors.
“That’s what happens when you try to do an armed robbery in Summit County. We had police officers from Breck, Dillon, Frisco, the sheriff’s office and Colorado State Patrol assisting us with the search in a matter of minutes. When an agency needs assistance, everyone shows up to help. That’s the way we train here. That’s the way it works in Summit County.”
Silverthorne police chief