An aerial view of the Sunshine Canyon home where police say a resident was the victim of a home-invasion robbery on Nov. 10. (Courtesy 7News Denver)

Boulder sheriff: Second suspect in Sunshine Canyon pot heist arrested

BOULDER — The second suspect in an armed marijuana robbery in Sunshine Canyon on Nov. 10 has been arrested a little more than a week after the other suspect in the case was shot and killed by police following two separate high-speed chases.

Garrett Lee Mendes, 28, of Loveland, was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree kidnapping, first-degree burglary, aggravated robbery, first-degree assault, theft, felony menacing and criminal mischief, according to jail records.

According to a release from the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, Mendes was pulled over for speeding in Greeley when the officer saw there was warrant out for Mendes’ arrest.

The kidnapping, assault, burglary and robbery counts are all Class 3 felonies and are punishable by up to 12 years in prison. The theft and menacing charges are Class 5 felonies, while criminal mischief is a misdemeanor count.

Garrett Lee Mendes (Boulder County Sheriff's Office)
Garrett Lee Mendes (Boulder County Sheriff’s Office)

The alleged home invasion began around 9:30 a.m. Nov. 10, when Boulder County units were called about an armed robbery in the 5200 block of Sunshine Canyon, in the foothills west Boulder.

According to the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office, two men entered the victim’s home and demanded marijuana from the resident. When he didn’t comply, one suspect fired a shot into a sofa and then “pistol-whipped” the resident. The victim, a 45-year-old man, was transported to the hospital, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening.

The suspects then fled the area in a white 2012 Chevy Suburban with an undisclosed amount of marijuana and drove into the city of Boulder. They were pursued by Boulder police and sheriff’s deputies before the officers abandoned the chase on Colo. 128 near Arvada.

According to the sheriff’s office, detectives executed a search warrant in Adams County and found the Suburban, but not the suspects.

Around 9 p.m. Nov. 10, Longmont police tried to stop a different vehicle that they thought contained one of the suspects, Jason Leanard Mesaros, but he refused to pull over.

A second chase ensued and, about 30 minutes later, Mesaros’ vehicle struck another car — officials have not yet confirmed whether that car belonged to police or to a civilian. Radio traffic indicated Mesaros was eventually driving with at least one flat tire.

Multiple agencies responded to the second chase, and, by 9:45 p.m., Mesaros was confirmed to have been shot and killed near the intersection of U.S. 85 and Bromley Lane in Brighton. No officers were injured.

Officials have not yet released any details about the shooting itself, including how many officers fired on Mesaros.

The day after the shooting, officials revealed that they were searching for a second suspect in the case.

Officials indicated today that other arrests in the case may be pending.

Mendes remains in custody at the Boulder County Jail and is scheduled for a first appearance this afternoon.

Mitchell Byars: 303-473-1329, or

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