The Grand Junction Police Department arrested the man who was initially detained for questioning during the investigation of the stabbing that occurred at Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club early this morning. 43-year-old Clinton Grant Clarke of Parker is in the Mesa County Jail, charged with first degree assault with intent to cause serious bodily injury with a deadly weapon and unlawfully carrying a concealed weapon. The second man who voluntarily came to the police department has not been charged.
Officers first contacted Clarke in a pickup truck that had a similar description and license plate number of a vehicle seen leaving the club’s parking lot shortly after the stabbing. The officer spoke with the two men inside, but did not have enough evidence at that time to pursue the men further. The officer then went back to the club and was then able to view surveillance video that led him to believe the truck he had just stopped and the truck in the video were the same. He was able to go and find the truck again, and this time the two men walking away from the truck. The officer contacted the men and Clarke told the officer he had a knife under his jacket. The knife appeared to have smeared residue consistent with blood on the blade.
At this point in the investigation we believe the victim mistakenly got into the backseat of the pickup and was there when Clarke and the other man came out of the club. A witness saw Clarke holding a large, fixed blade knife at the time. The witness said the victim eventually got out of the truck and was holding his stomach area. A short time later the witness saw the victim inside the club with serious injuries to his abdomen. Clarke told officers he did find the victim sitting in the backseat of the truck but denied stabbing him.
The victim is being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a stabbing that happened outside of Fantasy Gentlemen’s Club in the 2200 block of Colex Dr.
At about 1:40 A.M. a club employee called 911 after a man came inside the club with stab wounds to his stomach and chest. At this point in the investigation we believe the man had been inside the club, went outside where he was stabbed, and then came back inside. We are still determining all of the circumstances surrounding what took place while the man was outside.
Officers arrived at the club shortly after the 911 call and began identifying the people inside. They also stopped a pickup truck that matched the description of a vehicle seen leaving the parking lot at about the time of the stabbing. One person inside that truck has been detained for questioning. A second person came to the police department voluntarily and will also be questioned.
The man is being treated at St. Mary’s Hospital. Our investigation is ongoing. We will release more information as it becomes available.
The Grand Junction Police Department arrested 45-year-old Lonnie Richard Causey on first degree assault charges with a deadly weapon with intent to cause serious bodily injury. The arrest stems from a stabbing late Monday night in a mobile home park in the 1500 block of Highway 50. The victim was hospitalized with multiple stab wounds and sustained serious bodily injury.
Witnesses told officers Causey and the victim had gotten into a verbal argument before Causey punched the victim. The victim punched back. Causey then grabbed a knife and stabbed the victim three times. Causey later told officers he was in fear for his life and that is why he grabbed the knife.
Officers took Causey into custody without incident and booked him into the Mesa County Jail. The victim was taken to St. Mary’s Hospital for treatment.
Shortly after 1:45 pm on Friday, February 13th officers from the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a theft in progress at Cabela’s. The suspect fled the store when security approached him. The suspect is described as a white male in his mid- 20’s, with dark hair and a tattoo located on the back of his neck. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, blue jeans and a white hooded sweatshirt. The surveillance photo of the suspect is included with this post.
If you know the identity or location of the subject 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 # 15-9217
Update to Saturday Night’s Storage Unit Fatal Fire: Identities Released, Cause Determined #GVCopBeat
Grand Junction Fire Department Investigators have determined the cause of the fatal fire at the storage unit at 497 28 1/2 Rd was a warming fire inside the unit where the two people died. No foul play is suspected at this time.
Below is the information just released by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:
Date: February 23, 2015
For Immediate Release
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the deaths of Thomas Smith, a 56 year-old male and Tom Lintz, a 49 year old male both of Grand Junction, CO. These were the individuals involved in the fatal fire at the Guardian Storage facility on 28 ½ Road on the evening of February 21, 2015. The cause of death for both is thermal injuries and soot inhalation and the manner of death is accident.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department and they are working jointly with the Grand Junction Fire Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner
At this point, the Grand Junction Police Department is wrapping up interviews with potential witnesses and making sure all appropriate municipal ordinances were followed regarding storage units. The case remains under investigation to ensure we’ve gathered all appropriate information before closing the case.
Suspects Tied to Christmas Eve Armed Robbery in GJ Also Linked to Robberies Across Colorado and California #GVCopBeat
Two people in custody in California are suspected of being linked to a Christmas Eve armed robbery at the Outback Steakhouse in Grand Junction, as well as several armed robberies across Colorado and California.
Grand Junction Police Department detectives began working this case on December 24, 2014, after employees at the Outback Steakhouse said a man came into the restaurant, sat in an empty booth, and asked to speak with the manager. The manager said the man pointed to his waistband and said he was armed with a gun. He demanded that the manager lead him to the office and give him money, which the manager did.
Another restaurant employee told investigators that while the man was seated alone, a woman came into the restaurant saying she was looking for her husband. She looked around in a suspicious manner, but never met up with the suspect, who was the only person sitting alone in the restaurant. She left at about the same time the man was being led back to the office by the manager.
Security footage shows the passenger of a vehicle walk toward the restaurant and a short time later the driver doing the same. The driver then walks back to the vehicle, and drives slowly around the restaurant where the robbery suspect exits the back door of the restaurant, gets into the car, and the two leave the area.
A law enforcement bulletin was broadcast, and the GJPD detective working the case learned about a robbery that happened at a restaurant in Silverthorne on December 28, 2014 that had similar characteristics and suspect descriptions. Detectives then learned a similar robbery happened in Durango on December 23, 2014. The video footage from that case showed a similar looking suspect vehicle. Additionally, the suspects in the Durango case matched the suspect descriptions in the Silverthorne and Grand Junction cases.
In mid-January our detective received information from the Roseville Police Department in California about a woman, 28-year-old Chanzie Kristina Cox, who was arrested after she fled officers attempting a traffic stop and crashed her car. Cox’s passenger at the time was able to run and was not caught. The vehicle she crashed was linked to at least two armed robberies in California, and was reported stolen out of Frisco. Through further investigation, detectives from the Colorado and California agencies identified the male suspect as 33-year-old Michael Angelo Ortiz. They also used GPS data from a device in the car to show the vehicle was near the Durango restaurant on December 23 at about the time of the robbery there, in Grand Junction near the Outback Steakhouse during the time of the robbery on December 24, and in Silverthorne on December 28 during the time the restaurant was robbed there.
GJPD detectives obtained arrest warrants related to the Outback Steakhouse robbery for both Cox, who was already in custody in California, and for Ortiz. Authorities in California later arrested Ortiz.
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Grand Junction Police and Grand Junction Fire Departments Investigating Saturday Night’s Fatal Fire #GVCopBeat
At this point in the investigation we do not have any new information to release. We are continuing to work with the GJFD to determine how the fire started and what the circumstances surrounding the fire were. The Mesa County Coroner’s Office will release the identities of the two people who were found inside the storage unit, as well as the cause and manner of their deaths, once it has completed its portion of the investigation and notified family members.
Below is the information provided last night by the Grand Junction Fire Department:
The Grand Junction Fire Department responded to a reported structure fire at 497 28 1/2 Rd. The first unit (Engine 2) was on scene within six (6) minutes of the dispatch time and reported heavy fire and smoke coming from three (3) storage units at the address. Firefighters were able to force entry into the units by cutting the metal doors with their circular saws and extinguish the blaze in all three 3 storage units effectively saving the other connected units from major damage.
The initial dispatch reports indicated the possibility of the storage units being occupied by at least 2 people and sadly this was true. During the fire extinguishment and primary search, firefighters did find two (2) people who were deceased.
The fire is currently under investigation and the Grand Junction Fire Department and the Grand Junction Police Department are working together as a joint investigation team to determine the cause of the blaze.
The GJPD and GJFD will work together to provide information as it becomes available. Updates will be posted on this site as well as the GJFD’s blog.
Matthew Ryan Stauter, the final outstanding suspect wanted in connection to the December drug bust by the Western Colorado Drug Task Force (DTF) and the man who ran from deputies in Molina and tried to steal a car earlier this month is now in custody.
Late this afternoon, a combined effort involving the Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office Street Crimes Units, with assistance from the DTF, the U.S. Marshal’s Service, Homeland Security, and the Bureau of Land Management, led us to Stauter’s girlfriend, Taelor Oropeza, who was in the parking lot of 1000 N. 9th St. Oropeza also had a warrant for her arrest in connection to the DTF drug bust in December. She confirmed Stauter was in a bottom floor business at that address.
Officers and deputies from the agencies listed above surrounded the building, evacuated people from the other units in the building, and began calling for Stauter to come out, which he did without incident. The entire operation lasted about one hour and 15 minutes.
Oropeza was arrested on multiple warrants, as was the woman in the vehicle with her, 30-year-old Melissa Pruitt. Pruitt is being charged with accessory to a felony crime for helping Stauter and Oropeza avoid capture.
Local law enforcement worked together Tuesday evening (February 17, 2015) to arrest a parole absconder wanted in Utah who was known to be armed and dangerous. After executing a search warrant they found distribution quantities of drugs, multiple weapons, and thousands of dollars in cash.
The incident began when officers received information that 30-year-old Eduardo De La Cruz was at a tattoo shop in the 1100 block of N. 25th St. Officers established surveillance and saw De La Cruz get out of a pickup and go into the tattoo shop. Grand Junction Police and Mesa County Sheriff’s Street Crimes Units and SWAT members, along with members of the Western Colorado Drug Task Force immediately surrounded the building and evacuated people who were in adjoining businesses. They then called De La Cruz out of the building and took him into custody without incident.
Investigators obtained a search warrant for the truck he was seen in and found more than a half ounce of cocaine, more than a quarter ounce of heroin, more than 12 ounces of marijuana, and approximately 3.5 grams of methamphetamine. They also found scales, packaging material, and other drug paraphernalia, as well as two handguns, a rifle, a shotgun, and more than $25,000 in cash.
A criminal history of De La Cruz showed he was convicted of felony robbery in 2000 in Salt Lake City and is currently on parole.
On Sunday, November 9th the Grand Junction Police Department responded to a theft call at Chuck E Cheese restaurant located at 2424 Hwy 6 & 50. Sometime between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. the victim’s iPhone 6 was taken from a table inside the restaurant. Surveillance video shows an unidentified male took the iPhone. The total estimated value is more than $600. The surveillance photo of the male suspect is included in this post.
If you know the identity or location of the subjects 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 # 14-62758