At this point in the investigation we believe 34-year-old Casey Holder got into a verbal argument with a woman in the area of 30 Rd and D Rd just before 2:00 p.m. today. Witnesses say he then got into his Jeep SUV, and as he was leaving the area intentionally rammed into a pickup truck and a car that were nearby.
Holder made his way to a home on Hoover Ct, where witnesses say he again intentionally rammed into two cars, pushing one of them into the garage of the home and the other into the front yard of the home, causing significant damage to both vehicles and the garage. He then left that area.
Grand Junction Police officers and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately began searching the area for Holder. A deputy spotted him near 31 1/2 and Patterson Rd., and was able to pull him over in a small parking lot on Patterson Rd., just east of 30 Rd. Deputies ordered him out of the Jeep at gunpoint and took him into custody without further incident.
GJPD officers collected evidence at both scenes and booked Holder into the Mesa County Jail. Charges at this point include first degree assault and felony criminal mischief. Other charges are possible depending on the outcome of the continuing investigation.
The Grand Junction Police Department is asking Grand Junction residents to participate in a brief survey to help us gauge the community’s feelings about police service in our city. The GJPD has teamed up with Colorado Mesa University students in the Department of Business, who will conduct the survey.
“Although our employees work very hard to provide the best police service possible, it’s important that we periodically survey our community to be sure that is their perception as well,” said Police Chief John Camper.
The GJPD will use the information to help us determine if we need to make changes in how we operate and to help us plan for future law enforcement needs.
Chief Camper adds, “This survey will also allow us to make sure that we are prioritizing our activities in a way that reflects the needs and desires of our citizens.”
The CMU students will administer the survey. The link above will allow you to take the survey online. CMU students will also be at various public places and events, asking residents who may not have access to the online version to fill out a paper version of the survey.
Those conducting the survey WILL NOT BE MAKING PHONE CALLS. If you receive a phone call from anyone indicating they are conducting a survey on our behalf, it is not legitimate and do not provide them with any information.
Grand Junction Police Officers have completed their on-scene investigation of this morning’s crash on Patterson Rd. near Petsmart. All lanes of Patterson Rd. are now open again.
Update to Patterson Rd Crash: Lanes North of Mesa Mall to be Closed Temporarily for Further Investigation #GVTraffic #GVCopBeat
Update at 3:15 p.m.
All lanes of Patterson Rd north of Mesa Mall are back open and traffic is flowing again.
Grand Junction Police Officers will be temporarily closing the eastbound lanes of Patterson Rd. north of Mesa Mall near Petsmart for further investigation of the crash that happened this morning. The officers will be mapping the scene, which could take a couple of hours to complete. This is the result of updated condition information for one of the people transported to the hospital. Doctors determined that person’s condition constituted serious bodily injury.
Please avoid the area for now if possible. We will update this blog when the lanes of Patterson have reopened.
A handful of crashes affected traffic in Grand Junction this morning.
A 2 vehicle crash on Patterson Rd near Petsmart had all lanes of traffic shut while first responders investigated and had the vehicles moved out of the way. At this point in the investigation we believe the driver of a Chevy SUV was making a left turn into the mall and was hit by the driver of a Toyota SUV. The Chevy rolled. At least one person was transported to the hospital. The injuries appeared to be minor.
All lanes of traffic at that intersection were temporarily closed but have since reopened.
A second crash at 9th and Pitkin at about the same time this morning also caused some traffic troubles. At this point in the investigation we believe the driver of a sedan ran a red light and collided with a van, causing the van to roll. The van came to rest on its wheels. One person inside the van was transported with what appeared to be minor injuries.
Crews are finishing the cleanup on that scene and the intersection will reopen in a few minutes.
He is a white male, 5’7″ – 6’0″ tall with a slender build. Witnesses described him as scruffy, with 2 to 3 day old facial hair at the time of the robbery. They also said he has a very square jaw. He is approximately 45 to 50 years old. He was wearing a hat that covered all of his hair, glasses, a dark jacket with a hoodie, and dark pants.
If you have any information about the identity of this suspect please call 970-242-6707.
This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspect that found a person’s debit card in the 1200 block of Texas Avenue in Grand Junction.
Sometime between 12:00-1:00 am on Sunday, March 15th, the victim lost a black Apple 4S iPhone, CMU Maverick ID card and a debit card while walking a friend home. The lost debit card was used later at McDonald’s and a Loco Convenience store. The total property loss is less than $300.
If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please call Crime Stoppers at 241-7867. Information reported to Crime Stoppers that leads to an arrest can earn you up to $1,000 cash reward and you will remain completely anonymous. For more information, see us at www.241stop.com.
GJPD Case # 15-15717
The Grand Junction Police Department is releasing more information about the bank robber who stole an undisclosed amount of cash this morning from the Bank of Colorado located at 29 Rd and Patterson. The suspect is described as a middle-aged white man with a thin build, wearing glasses, jeans, and a jacket with a hoodie.
The suspect walked up to the counter and handed the teller a note demanding money. We do not believe he displayed a weapon.
If you have any information about this suspect please call 970-242-6707.
Just before 10:00 a.m. a driver on I-70 called 911 to report a person in the canal near the Horizon Dr. exit. Grand Junction Police Officers quickly arrived on scene and found a man in the water. One of the officers grabbed a throw rope from the patrol car and was able to get it to the man who was able to hang on to it, but not able to tie it around himself. Because of the steepness of the bank and the thick mud that seemed to create suction on the man when he moved his legs, the officers were not able to pull him up the side of the bank.
When Grand Junction Fire Fighters arrived on scene, they too grabbed onto the rope, and with the extra manpower, the officers and fire fighters were able to pull the man up the bank and onto the canal road. It’s estimated he was in the water for at least a half hour.
Officers later learned the man was in a wheelchair and was wheeling himself down a narrow, grassy path next to the water’s edge when he fell in. The water had carried him a short distance down the canal before the officers were able to find him. He was taken to the hospital with unknown injuries.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a bank robbery that took place at the Bank of Colorado at 29 Rd and Patterson Rd. at about 9:00 a.m. At this point in the investigation we believe a man walked to a teller and demanded money. The teller gave the suspect an undisclosed amount of cash and the suspect walked out.
We are working on getting a valid suspect description.
School officials briefly put nearby schools in shelter in place as a precaution, but that was quickly lifted.
If you have any information about this suspect please call 911.
We will update this blog when we have more information.