Sister Trades Places With Brother in Colorado Jail After Breaking In

| by Allison Geller

The usual concern in a prison is people trying to break out. At Mesa County jail in Colorado, however, officers have had some trouble with someone trying to break in.

Monique Armstrong set off perimeter alarms at the jail early Monday morning when she managed the climb the chain-link and razor wire barrier and get into the detention center, according to KJCT.

The 20-year-old wanted to turn herself in in exchange for her brother, 18-year-old Michael Armstrong, who had been arrested on the night of April 27 for driving under the influence of drugs—his second in two weeks.

Once she had penetrated the complex, Monique Armstrong threw rocks at the windows of one of the residential pods, managing to break it.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Heather Benjamin insisted that the break-in didn’t represent a security breach.  

“They’re shatterproof-type windows,” Benjamin told Grand Junction’s Daily Sentinel. “It didn’t break out. There was no air coming through or anything like that. There were no safety or security issues with inmates in that pod.”

At any rate, Armstrong chose the wrong pod—her brother was being held elsewhere.

Armstrong did indeed get herself booked, on charges of criminal trespassing, criminal mischief, and violation of bail bond conditions, a holdover from previous theft and trespassing charges. But her rash actions were more than unnecessary. Her brother was released on bond just a few hours later, around 9 a.m.

 “If she maybe had given it a few hours, she probably could have met him at the front door,” said  Benjamin.