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Tip A Cop Is Coming Soon- Help Us Support Special Olympics Colorado By Allowing Us To Serve You- Lunch or Dinner That Is! #GVCopBeat

Ever wondered what Tip A Cop means to the Special Olympics Colorado athletes it supports?  Watch this short video and then please join us for the Tip A Cop at Red Robin on Saturday, October 25 from noon to 8 p.m.

 

Local Red Robin Flyer

October 15, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Offering Free Class to Help Local Rental Properties Stay Crime Free #GVCopBeat #gjco #grandjunction

Crime_Free_Multihousing_LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department is inviting local rental property owners and managers to participate in the next Crime Free Multi-housing class that will take place on November 14, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).

This FREE training class is the first of three steps to getting properties certified under the Crime Free program, which helps reduce the number of calls to police and the number of arrests at those properties.  At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention.

Once the class is completed, participants can move on to the second phase, which is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey. During that survey, we look at locks, lighting, and landscaping of the property and make recommendations to make the property safer.

The third phase consists of a safety social where the owner invites the residents out to discuss crime prevention and the Crime Free program.

After the completion of the 3 phases, the property becomes certified and we provide signs to post at the entrance for all to see. The owner can also use the Crime Free logo when advertising for new tenants. The GJPD keeps a list of properties involved in the program and often times has residents come to the police department asking about Crime Free Properties.

This program is internationally recognized and was founded in Arizona in 1992.  Some insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. Locally, we give the property owner a listing of all calls for service at their property on a weekly basis. We also track any residents that live or visit the property for arrests. If anyone living or visiting the property is arrested, we will notify the owner and provide police reports.

To sign up for the class, contact Ofc. Cory Tomps at 970-549-5331 or by email at coryt@gjcity.org .

September 30, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for October 30, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

14-47833This week Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of a male subject involved in a burglary.

Shortly after 5:30 a.m. on Sunday, August 31st the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a business alarm at Super C convenience store located at 2685 C Road. The unknown suspect gained entry to the business by breaking a window. The total damage and property loss is in excess of $1,100.

The suspect was described as a white male, approximately 5’7”, slender to medium build, wearing shorts, a dark color hooded sweatshirt with “Colorado” across the front and high top tennis shoes. The surveillance photo of the suspect is included with this blog post.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867. 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# 14-47833

October 30, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | , , | Leave a comment

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for October 23, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopbeat

Crime StoppersCrime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect that stole merchandise from Sportsman’s Warehouse located at 2464 US Hwy 6 & 50 on Tuesday, September 16th around 4:00 pm.

The suspect is a white male, early 20’s, 5’8”-5’10” tall, about 180 pounds. He was last seen wearing a short sleeve button up shirt, tan pants and black and white baseball cap. The surveillance photo of the suspect and the female he was traveling are included with this blog post.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject involved in this crime, please contact 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# 2014-51358

October 27, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Identifies Two Suspects In Armed Robbery- Asking For Public’s Help In Identifying Two Others #GVCopBeat

Will Free Robbery Suspect

Will Free
Robbery Suspect

The Grand Junction Police Department has identified two suspects believed to have been involved in an armed robbery at the Ipswich Inn at 2222 North Ave. on Friday, October 17 at approximately 9:00 p.m. We are also asking for the public’s help in identifying two other suspects in this case.

During the robbery two males armed with guns robbed the victim of his money after he responded to a website advertisement for “escort services.”  The victim said he called a phone number listed in the ad and spoke with a woman named Kaylee who told him to meet at the motel.  When he arrived a female answered the door and invited him in. After he entered the room two men wearing Halloween masks and another female came out of the bathroom area.  Both men were armed and one of the men held a gun to the victim’s head while demanding money.  The suspects took his cash.

The two female suspects left in a Honda Civic with Colorado license plates047MCU.  A woman named Kaylee Knosala had recently rented the room and provided the same license plate number for her vehicle. When officers interviewed Knosala she admitted to planning the robbery with her boyfriend, Will Free.Knosala said she was the person who answered the door and that the other female suspect talked to the victim on the phone.  Officers arrested Knosala and booked her into the Mesa County Jail.

Kaylee Knosala Robbery Suspect

Kaylee Knosala
Robbery Suspect

Detectives have obtained an arrest warrant for Will Free.  It is unknown if he is still in the Grand Junction area.  He may possibly be in the Denver area. His photo is included in this blog post.

We are still working to identify the other two people who were in the room during the robbery.  One is a black male who possibly goes by the name “Colton” or by the initials “K-O”. The other person is a Hispanic female.

If you have any information on the whereabouts of Will Free or if you have information about the identity of the other two suspects, you can report it anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or online at www.241STOP.com.  Information that leads to an arrest could earn you a cash reward.

October 22, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

Patterson Rd. Reopened After Serious Crash Involving Motorcycle and SUV #GVCopBeat

imagePatterson Rd. between 12th and 7th Streets is now open again following this afternoon’s crash involving a motorcycle rider and an SUV driver.

We are continuing to investigate this crash and have not charged anyone at this point.

The motorcycle rider remains hospitalized with serious injuries.

Previously released information can be found here.

October 17, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , | Leave a comment

Serious Injury Crash On Patterson Between 12th and 7th Streets; All Lanes Closed At This Time #GVCopBeat

imageThe Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a serious injury crash that happened at approximately 4:30 p.m. today at the intersection of Patterson Rd. and 26 3/4 Rd (between 7th St. and 12th St.).

At this point in the investigation we believe an SUV driver was making a left turn onto Patterson Rd and pulled out in front of a motorcycle rider who was heading westbound on Patterson. The two vehicles collided, and the motorcycle rider suffered what appear to be serious injuries.  He was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital.  He was not wearing a helmet.

All lanes of Patterson between 7th St. and 12th St. are closed at this time. We are bringing out our accident reconstruction team, and it will likely take several hours for officers to complete their on-scene work. We will send an update when the road reopens.

October 17, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , | 1 Comment

Crime Stoppers Offering $1000 Reward For Information About Assault; Man Found On Main St. With Severe Head Injuries #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

Zachery Lane

Zachery Lane

Crime of the Week for October 16, 2014

This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspects involved in an assault.

At 2 a.m. on Saturday, September 13th, police were dispatched to a medical call in the 400 block of Main Street. The male victim, 33 year old Zachery Lane was found unconscious and bleeding on the south sidewalk.  Lane was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment of serious head injuries. Grand Junction Police detectives believe that Mr. Lane was assaulted.

If you have information about this crime or know the whereabouts or identity of the subjects involved in this crime, please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867.  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# 2014-50299

October 17, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week, GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Officer Gage Wright Resignation #GVCopBeat

Officer Gage Wright submitted his resignation to the Grand Junction Human Resources Department on Wednesday, October 15.

Previously released information can be found here.

October 16, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

GJPD Investigating Two Unrelated Robberies That Happened This Week #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating two separate robberies that we believe are unrelated.  Both happened overnight from October 13-14.

The first robbery happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Ave., one block east of CMU.

Three people, one of whom was armed with a gun, approached two CMU students. The armed suspect demanded money, the students complied with the demands, and the suspects ran from the scene. No one was hurt.

The suspects are described as:

  • Suspect 1 (armed suspect)-  Hispanic male, 5’8” tall, approximately 170 pounds, wearing dark clothing with a flat rimmed baseball style hat
  • Suspect 2- male, wearing dark clothing and blue jeans
  • Suspect 3- female, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and dark sweat pants
  • The suspects were last seen in a mid to late 1990’s, white SUV.

We believe the second robbery happened around midnight the same night in the area of S. Redlands Rd. near Mount Sopris Dr.  The victim said he was walking in the area when he passed two men. The victim heard the men yelling at him, and when he turned around one of them pointed a gun at him while the other punched him.  They then took his backpack and some personal items.

The suspects in this robbery are described as:

  • Suspect 1- white male, approximately 5’9″ tall, with facial hair, wearing a dirty black baseball cap and backpack
  • Suspect 2- black male, approximately 6’1″ tall, with facial hair, wearing a black beanie
  • Both men appeared dirty and “scraggly”

If you have any information about either of these robberies, or saw any suspicious people or activity in the areas described, please call the GJPD at 970-242-6707 or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 970-241-7867.

October 15, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Employee Now 1 of 50 People In The World To Earn Forensic Video Analyst Certification From LEVA #GVCopBeat

LEVA 2014-180_FixedForensic video analysis is the scientific examination, comparison, and evaluation of video in legal matters.

The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that Jordan Huslig, an audio-video technician for the department, is now a certified Forensic Video Analyst through the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA).  Jordan is one of 50 people in the world with this top-level certification from LEVA, and the only person in Colorado.

“The use of digital multimedia evidence in the investigation of crimes is exploding right now,” said Jordan.  “I’m proud to work for an agency that is on the forefront of the use of this technology.”

Jordan has spent the past four years training, taking classes, and going through rigorous testing to earn the certification.  His first milestone in the process came in 2012, when he became a certified forensic video technician, joining about 200 other people with the title.  He went on to pursue the more advanced forensic video analyst status, and completed that journey this month.  Along the way he became trained in various subjects including:

  • digital multimedia evidence and the law
  • analog video and the law
  • photographic image and video comparison
  • expert witness testimony

He also went through a tough testing process that included detailed presentations and critiques of analytical case work he has done for the Grand Junction Police Department.

“We are only in the first 10 to 15 years of this discipline, but with this certification, we are bringing to light that this type of forensic investigation is a science, not an art or a hobby, and it’s happening much in the way fingerprinting and DNA started,” Jordan said.
Learn more about the LEVA certification program here.LEVA 2014-182_Fixed

October 15, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

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