Shortly before 8:00am this morning, the Grand Junction Police Department responded to Horizon Court on a report of a car that had crashed through an office building.
Upon arrival, officers discovered that a white SUV had traveled through the parking lot, striking a parked, unoccupied passenger car, and pushed the passenger car into the building. The driver and sole occupant of the SUV was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries. The office that was damaged was also unoccupied at the time of the crash, and there were no other injuries.
Crime Stoppers is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the suspect involved in a theft. Shortly after 3:35 p.m. on Thursday, December 18, 2014 the victim lost his
wallet at Bookcliff Gas & Grocery located at 2896 North Avenue. Surveillance video captured a male subject picking up the wallet from the floor and taking it inside the bathroom. The male exited the store without any attempt of returning the lost wallet to the store clerk. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.
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 http://www.241stop.com .
The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that we have once again achieved Professional Standards Accreditation from the Colorado Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP). Our department first achieved CACP accreditation in 1996, but must undergo a review every five years.
The Professional Standards Accreditation program through CACP is an acknowledgement that a law enforcement agency has documented operations, policies, and procedures in place that clearly define the role of a peace officer, and that enhance the quality of services provided. In order to achieve this accreditation, the Grand Junction Police Department had to meet over 200 established professional standards, which were verified by an on-site assessment by two law enforcement officials from other jurisdictions. Our agency met or exceeded all the established standards, which included ethics, organization, crime prevention, and operations, among others. Out of 239 law enforcement agencies in Colorado, the Grand Junction Police Department is one of only 43 accredited organizations.
“This is not an easy process, and it involves a lot of work and commitment by the entire department,” says Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper. “We’re very proud of the dedication of our staff to providing quality law enforcement services to our community.”
The public is welcome to attend the presentation of the accreditation plaque during the City Council meeting at City Hall on Wednesday, August 19, at 7:00pm.
On Saturday, August 15, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to a report of two dogs left in a hot car at 2401 North Avenue. Officers arrived on scene and contacted the driver of the vehicle, who provided the name of Sinda Sakala, aka Kirby, age 28. A routine check of Sakala’s name and date of birth revealed a warrant for her arrest for charges of forgery and driving under restraint. Sakala was placed under arrest for the warrant. A subsequent search of her purse revealed two $20 bills, as well as a photocopy of a $20 bill. Further investigation determined that the two $20 bills found in Sakala’s purse were counterfeit.
After reading Sakala her Miranda Rights, Sakala admitted that the two bills were fake, and in fact revealed that there were “a lot more fake bills” in the vehicle, as well as a printing machine used to produce the fake money. A search of her vehicle resulted in the location of multiple sheets of paper containing printed images of $5 and $20 bills, printed on paper consistent with the texture of the bills found in Sakala’s purse. There was also a printing device found in the vehicle, loaded with the same type of paper, as well as printed sheets in the top of the printer, with the same images of money on them.
Sakala’s wallet was retrieved from the car, and the wallet contained two debit cards in other people’s names. Sakala was not able to explain why she was in possession of the cards, nor how they ended up in her wallet.
Sakala was transported to the Mesa County Jail and remanded to their custody on charges of criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery device, and criminal possession of two or more financial devices, as well as two warrant for her arrest.
At approximately 5:00am on Tuesday, August 11, an on-duty officer with the Grand Junction Police Department contacted two people in the 1000 Block of Grand Avenue. After striking up a consensual conversation with the two individuals, the uniformed officer asked them where they were headed The female, later identified as Danielle Gordon, 29, told him they were going “somewhere to hide from police.”
The officer was able to observe that Gordon had a rolled up cloth sticking out of her clothing, and he could see two plungers for hypodermic needles visible at the top of the cloth. The officer asked Gordon to remove the needles and hand them to him. Gordon asked, “What needles?” The officer assured her that the items were clearly visible. At that point, Gordon reached up and started to depress the plungers of both needles into her clothing. The officer was able to quickly remove the needles from Gordon’s possession. Both needles contained a clear liquid that tested presumptive positive for methamphetamine. A probable cause search of Gordon’s property revealed additional suspected methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia.
Danielle Gordon was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has released the identity of the body that was found in a culvert east of the Horizon Drive exit on Sunday, August 9, as Christopher Seep, a 52 year old male. The cause and manner of death are still pending at this time, but the death does not appear to be suspicious in nature.
Mr. Seep was reported as a missing person by his family on July 3. The Grand Junction Police Department investigation as to the circumstances surrounding his death is ongoing.
The text of the media release from the Coroner’s office is attached.
On Saturday, August 8, in a joint effort between the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, Anthony James Romero, 23, was arrested for the shooting on July 31 in the Riverside neighborhood, in which the victim was shot in the face.
The Grand Junction Police Department received information that Romero was in the area of Riverside shortly after 8:00pm on Saturday night. The Street Crimes Unit of the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office located the vehicle Romero was reported to be driving, and the vehicle fled. After a short pursuit, Romero was taken into custody by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office on charges of vehicular eluding, possession of an illegal weapon, driving under restraint, and reckless driving.
Further investigation was conducted by the Grand Junction Police Department after Romero was in custody, which resulted in additional charges of assault in the first degree and attempted second degree murder, in relation to the shooting in the Riverside neighborhood on July 31.