Two Hour Standoff Ends With Two Arrested In Idaho

On February 4, 2019, at approximately 2:11 p.m., Idaho State Police had contact with Gustavo Chavez, 23, of Idaho Falls at the southbound Blackfoot rest area.  Chavez was in a 1995 Nissan pickup with passenger Jose Moreno, 19, of Shelley.  Chavez fled on foot and the passenger was later detained and arrested, according to police.   There was a firearm in the Nissan pickup.

At approximately 5:30 p.m., troopers and deputies made contact with Chavez at N 150 W/W 1050 N in Bingham County. Chavez was barricaded in a citizen’?s flatbed farm pickup.  For nearly two hours, officers and deputies from supporting agencies tried to talk Chavez out of the vehicle.  Chavez failed to comply with the officer’s orders. At around
7:30 p.m police finally took Chavez into custody. He was found in the rear floorboard of the pickup, laying under a blanket with a loaded firearm, according to police.   

Chavez was transported to the Bingham County jail and was charged with a misdemeanor warrant, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  He was also charged with resisting and obstructing, operating a vehicle with the owners consent, false information to an officer and a convicted felon possessing a firearm. 

Moreno was transported to the Bingham County jail and was charged with a felony warrant, possession of methamphetamine, possession of marijuana and paraphernalia.  He was also charged with resisting and obstructing, false information to officers and convicted felon possessing a firearm.

Bonneville County Sheriff’s Office and Bingham County sheriff’s Office assisted the Idaho State Police