The officer involved in this morning’s incident, Sgt. Derek Rosales, has been released from the hospital. He suffered injuries to his left ankle when the juvenile suspect, 13-year-old Cale Schaefer of Grand Junction, reversed the car and struck Sgt. Rosales while he was attempting to get Schaefer out of the car.
Grand Junction Police Chief John Camper said of this incident, “The officers exercised great restraint in dealing with this very dangerous situation, and we are grateful not only that Sgt. Rosales is expected to recover from his injuries but that no one else was hurt.”
The juvenile suspect Schaefer has been screened into the Division of Youth Services. The most serious charges are:
- 2nd degree assault on a peace officer
- 1st degree aggravated motor vehicle theft
- vehicular eluding
- vehicular assault
At approximately 9:10 a.m. the parents of the juvenile male called 911 to report their son had stolen their car in the 2400 block of Bunting Ave. Responding officers spotted the boy driving the car in the neighborhood but he refused to stop for them.
Eventually the boy returned to his parents’ home, parking in front of the house. He began revving the engine at one of the officers who was trying to contact him. Other officers punctured the tires on the vehicle and a school resource officer began talking with him through the window. The boy then took off again at a high rate of speed, hitting a police car in the process. He drove for less than a block before the vehicle stopped.
Additional officers surrounded his car and began telling him to come out. He again refused and hit two more police cars and drove over an officer’s leg while trying to maneuver out of the area. An officer deployed his taser through a window, and officers took the boy into custody.
The officer went to the hospital by ambulance for the injuries to his leg. The boy also went to the hospital for evaluation.
Charges against the boy are pending the outcome of the continuing investigation.
Rx Drug Take Back Day is Coming Up Sept. 27- It’s Time to Clean Out Your Medicine Cabinets #GVCopBeat #DrugTakeBack
The bi-annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is coming up on Saturday, September 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. As with past events, you have four locations in Mesa County to drop off your unused, expired, or otherwise unwanted medication with no questions asked. The locations are:
Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.)
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office (215 Rice St.)
Palisade Police Department (175 E. Third St.)
Fruita Police Department (157 S. Mesa St.)
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), many Americans are not aware that medicines in their home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. People often choose to flush them down the toilet or throwing them away in the trash, both of which are potential safety and health hazards.
Items that will not be accepted at this event include:
- Needles & Sharps
- Mercury (thermometers)
- Oxygen containers
- Chemotherapy/ Radioactive substances
- Pressurized canisters
- Illicit drugs
As a reminder, the Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility will take: needles and sharps, over-the-counter medications, pressurized or aerosol and mercury containing items Thursdays through Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This is free of charge to Mesa County residents. However, they are NOT able to accept controlled substances (narcotics), chemotherapy or radio-active substances or oxygen tanks. The Mesa County Household Hazardous Waste Collection Facility can be reached directly at (970) 257-9336 or (970) 256-9543. You can also visit their website at: http://www.mesacounty.us/swm/template.aspx?id=12478.
Western Colorado Drug Task Force investigators arrested a man Wednesday night, who is suspected of selling methamphetamine. DTF investigators had information 47-year-old Raymond Troy Cordova was attempting to sell meth to a person in a parking lot in the 2400 block of North Ave. Surveillance units in the area saw Cordova get into a vehicle, contacted him, and searched his vehicle. They found a baggy containing suspected meth near the driver’s seat as well as a baggy of suspected meth in Cordova’s pocket. In total, the suspected meth weighed approximately 15 grams.
DTF investigators booked Cordova into the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of a schedule II substance and distribution/possession with intent to distribute a schedule II substance.
GJPD Makes Quick Arrest After Man Gets In Struggle With Store Owner Over Stolen Merchandise #GVCopBeat
The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 22-year-old Joseph Daniel Hill on charges of robbery, obstructing a police officer, resisting arrest and theft. The arrest came after a GJPD motor officer was riding past the Canyon Convenience Store at 1134 N 12th St. at approximately 9:45 p.m. last night. The officer saw a struggle in the parking lot and then saw a man flee the area on a bicycle. Officers learned one of the men involved in the struggle was the store owner who said he was trying to stop Hill from leaving because Hill had concealed several energy drinks in his pants and tried to leave without paying for them.
Other officers in the area spotted Hill, who matched the description of the suspect, and ordered him to stop. Hill continued to ride his bicycle away from them and was found a short time later hiding in the backyard of a home in the 1000 block of Hill Ave. Officers brought the store owner to the area, and he identified Hill as the suspect in the robbery. Hill was under arrest at 10:15 p.m.
Officers booked Hill into the Mesa County Jail.
Update on Tuesday, September 9 at 4:30 p.m.
Based on our investigation at this point we are able to release the following additional information:
On Monday, September 8 at approximately 6:00 p.m. a juvenile male was walking in the 2800 block of Mesa Ave. when 15-year-old Dalton Castleberry of Grand Junction began walking toward him from across a field. The victim and Castleberry knew each other. Castleberry raised a semi-automatic handgun in the victim’s direction and fired a single round. The bullet did not hit the victim, but officers found a round from a handgun embedded in a nearby home on Mesa Ave. No one was injured.
Castleberry fled the scene on his bicycle. Grand Junction Police Department officers and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies immediately began searching for Castleberry, and eventually took him into custody at his home in the 600 block of Orchard Run. We have not recovered the gun used in this incident.
Castleberry was screened into the Division of Youth Corrections on charges of attempted first degree murder, juvenile in possession of a handgun, reckless endangerment, and illegal discharge of a firearm.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a shot that was fired in the 2800 block of Mesa Ave. at approximately 6:00pm this evening.
One male juvenile is in custody. We have recovered what appears to be a bullet from a nearby house. No one was injured.
The investigation is ongoing, and charges are pending. We have not recovered a gun at this point.
The 21st Judicial District Critical Incident Response Team continues to investigate the officer involved shooting that happened last month in the 1700 block of Grand Ave. to determine if any criminal charges are warranted against the officers involved.
The Grand Junction Police Department has completed a separate, internal review of the incident. Chief John Camper released the following statement:
“The Internal Affairs Unit conducted a parallel investigation of the officer involved shooting that occurred on August 25, 2014 at 1720 Grand Ave.
Administratively, we have found that the use of force was consistent with Grand Junction Police Department policy. The officers are commended for their professional handling of this incident. Based on this determination, the officers have been approved to return to regular duty when they are ready and able to do so.
This determination is completely separate from the analysis that must be conducted by the District Attorney’s Office after they receive the results of the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) investigation. Only they can determine whether the shooting was justified and lawful under Colorado state law.”
Six People Arrested Following Overnight Incident That Began In The 2600 Block of Belford Ave. #GVCopBeat
The Grand Junction Police Department arrested six people overnight following an incident that began in the 2600 block of Belford Ave.
Street Crimes Unit officers received information that 22-year-old Jordan Vigil, a man with outstanding warrants, was at an apartment at 2601 Belford Ave. The warrants included a no bond warrant for failure to comply on charges including previous offender in possession of a firearm, prohibited use of a firearm, criminal impersonation, possession of a controlled substance and special offender, as well as a warrant for failure to appear on assault and felony menacing charges. Officers also had information about the location of a vehicle that Vigil had previously been seen in.
Officers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near 13th St. and Walnut Ave. Two adults, 19-year-old Antonio Arredondo and 18-year-old Aide Gutierrez, and a juvenile were inside the vehicle, however Vigil was not. Arredondo was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail on charges of possession of weapons by a previous offender, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and special offender. Gutierrez was arrested and booked into the Mesa County Jail for possession of a controlled substance. The juvenile was also arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia.
At the same time, other officers were at the apartment complex, and saw Vigil in one of the units. Officers knocked on the door and asked him to come out, but he would not. They then obtained a search warrant allowing them to go inside the apartment to look for him. Officers made repeated calls using a loud speaker telling Vigil to come out, but he would not. Eventually SWAT officers were called in and they continued telling Vigil and any other occupants to come out. They also had information that a baby was inside the apartment, and eventually 22-year-old Romeo Lujan came out with the baby. Lujan was arrested for an outstanding warrant. The baby was not injured and was given to a family member.
SWAT officers then continued telling Vigil to come out. They also had information that a woman was inside the apartment with him. Eventually, when neither came out of the apartment, officers deployed tear gas inside the unit, causing Vigil and the woman, 18-year-old Cassidy Seiff, to surrender without further incident. Both were booked into the Mesa County Jail for outstanding warrants. Additional charges are pending.
Update at 7:00 p.m. on August 26, 2014
The Grand Junction Police Department is now able to release the names of the two officers involved in yesterday’s shooting on Grand Ave.
The officers are Cpl. Clint Newton and Ofc. Patric Bridge. Cpl. Newton has been with the GJPD since 2003. He had more than six years of prior law enforcement experience before joining the GJPD. Ofc. Bridge joined the GJPD earlier this year. He came to us with more than two years of prior law enforcement experience.
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has also completed its examination of the deceased. Below is the news release from the coroner’s office:
Mesa County Coroner’s Office
Date: August 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Joshua Matthew Crawford, a 29 year-old male resident of Grand Junction, CO. Mr. Crawford was the gentleman involved in the officer involved shooting yesterday August 25, 2014 on the 1700 block of Grand Ave. The cause of death is gunshot wounds of the chest. Due to the sensitivity of this ongoing investigation our office will not be providing any further information at this time.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Critical Incident Response Team. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner