The Grand Junction Police Department is continuing the investigation of a man who apparently fell from a fourth floor window at CMU. At this time we do not have any indication foul play was involved, however we are waiting for the final ruling from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office before making our final determination.
Below is the information provided by the Mesa County Coroner’s Office this afternoon:
Date: January 24, 2015
For Immediate Release
The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Spencer Pannwitz, a 20 year-old male resident of Parker, CO who was attending school at Colorado Mesa University (CMU). Mr. Pannwitz was the gentleman that fell from a window at CMU early this morning January 24, 2015. The cause of death is multiple injuries and the manner of death is still being determined at this time but there does not appear to be anything suspicious.
The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.
Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner
At about 2:00 this morning 911 received a call from passersby about a man lying on the ground on the CMU campus. Grand Junction Fire responded and took the man to the hospital where he was pronounced dead.
At this point in the investigation we believe the man fell from a fourth floor window of a nearby building. We have not determined the circumstances surrounding the fall, and are working with the Mesa County Coroner’s Office who will determine the cause and manner of death.
The man’s identity is not being released at this time. Once the Mesa County Coroner’s Office has been able to complete the autopsy and notify the man’s family, it will release the man’s identity.
If you have information about this incident you can provide it to investigators by calling 970-242-6707.
We will update this blog when more information is available.
Update at 12:20 p.m.
All lanes of Horizon Dr. are now open again.
The northbound lanes of Horizon Dr. are currently closed starting from G Rd. to the Super 8 motel while officers investigate a fatal crash involving a man crossing the street.
At approximately 9:15 p.m., a man crossing eastbound on Horizon Dr. was struck and killed by a driver heading northbound. An officer quickly responded and performed chest compressions in an effort to save the man, but he was unsuccessful.
The driver agreed to alcohol testing as a standard procedure in fatal crashes, but there is no indication at this point in the investigation that he was under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Although we’re probably as tired of the Ralphie May story as you are, we want to clear up some inaccurate information that has been put out there in the form of letters to the editor, news broadcasts, and in some cases by May himself.
You may have read some of that inaccurate information in today’s letter to the editor, in which the writer leaps to the assumption that we gave Mr. May a “pass” because he was a “celebrity.” Or maybe you saw on some of the local TV news how, according to Mr. May, we searched everyone and everything that night because we had a tip there was powder all over him…and then let him go.
Here’s the truth about what happened last Thursday evening:
Officers responded to the theater at the request of staff who had a few dozen angry people on their hands, demanding they get their money back because of May’s poor performance. In the course of their investigation, and in keeping with Mr. May’s rights under the 4th Amendment, the officers asked for and received consent from the Avalon staff and Mr. May’s manager to search the dressing room for any signs of drug use or illegal activity taking place at the theater. After a search, the officers didn’t find any evidence that there were drugs on the property, e.g. no marijuana smell, no burned marijuana, no edibles, no paraphernalia, nothing indicating public consumption by Mr. May.
Not finding anything at the theater, the officers then asked for consent to search the tour bus. Mr. May did not consent to allowing us to search the bus, as is his right. Absent consent, and without any further cause to search, we did not search the bus, or Mr. May, or any of his entourage. The officers sent him on his way, free to provide top-notch entertainment to other unsuspecting venues to the East.
Whatever our personal views on the legalization of marijuana, the voters have spoken and it is no longer illegal to be high on marijuana in Colorado unless you are consuming it in a public place or operating a motor vehicle. Mr. May didn’t get a “pass,” and we certainly weren’t “star-struck”… we simply didn’t have any evidence that would allow us to arrest him for a crime.
Although in most cases the media had been alerted that they were about to print or broadcast inaccurate information to the public, some chose to do it anyway.
If you’re like us, you’re probably done with the Ralphie May story. To paraphrase Forrest Gump, “that’s all we’re going to say about that.”
Scammers Have Been Busy This Morning! Another Round of Scam Phone Calls Hitting Area Residents #GVCopBeat
We are getting multiple reports this morning of another round of scam phone calls hitting the area. The caller claims to be from the U.S. Treasury and tells the would-be victims they must appear in front of a magistrate for charges against them. The scammer then gives a phone number to call for more details. The calls are coming from a 607 area code.
Protect yourself! Never give out any personal or bank information to anyone unless you are 100% sure who they are what they will be doing with the information.
If you received one of these calls, you DO NOT need to call us UNLESS you have provided the caller with your personal information or have lost money due to the scam. You can get more information about protecting yourself and what to do when you receive one of these calls at stopfraudcolorado.gov .
Overnight the Grand Junction Police Department arrested a 16-year-old male and charged him with first degree aggravated motor vehicle theft and criminal impersonation. The teen is believed to have stolen a pickup truck that was left running unattended in the driveway of a home in the 2800 block of Texas Ave. Officers later found the truck crashed and abandoned in the 500 block of Normandy Dr. (Read previously released information here.)
In this case the witness was able to provide a suspect description. An officer responding to the crash spotted the teen who matched the description of the suspect and was running in the 2800 block of Orchard Ave., which is about 900 feet from the crash site. When the officer initially asked the teen what his name was he provided a false name and date of birth. The officer was able to obtain his true name and learned the teen had two outstanding arrest warrants. Officers also learned the teen was inside the stolen truck and that he knew it was a stolen vehicle.
We are still investigating to determine if this theft is related to other recent car thefts, and to identify any other people who might be involved in these crimes. If you have information about recent car thefts in our area or the identities of the suspects please call 970-242-6707 or report the information anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
In just the last week there have been 7 stolen vehicles in Grand Junction and Mesa County. Each of those were “puffing”, meaning they were left running unattended. This makes them easy targets for car thieves. Remember- if you have to warm your car up before driving it, warm up with it, even if you only plan to leave it running for a minute. For more information on preventing auto theft visit lockdownyourcar.org.
We continue to search for the two additional suspects in this case (previously released information can be found here), and believe they may be connected to three auto thefts that happened early this morning in and around Grand Junction. We have also learned the white Jeep SUV they crashed on the CMU campus was stolen in Alamosa.
At approximately 5:45 this morning, we received a call of a stolen Chevy Equinox in the 500 block of 28 1/4. We found a black Volkswagon Passat on scene that had been stolen earlier from the 700 block of Elm Ave.
Approximately 10 minutes later we received a report of a stolen Audi in the 500 block of W. Greenfield Cir. The suspects had ditched the Equinox at that location.
Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputies spotted the stolen Audi going into the Candlewood Mobile Home Park in Clifton and set up a perimeter. They found the Audi abandoned in the mobile home park but were not able to find the suspects.
In total we believe the suspects have been involved with at least four auto thefts (Jeep, Volkswagon, Chevy, Audi). Of those stolen vehicles we know at least two were left running unattended (puffing) at the time of the theft. The MCSO sent out a Community Notification message early this morning to residents near the Candlewood Mobile Home Park telling them to make sure their cars were locked and not to leave them running unattended.
If you have information about the identity or location of these suspects you can report it anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com.
We are still trying to identify the person who fired a gun, sending a bullet through the pant leg of the victim in the 400 block of Chipeta Ave. last night (Sunday, January 18). The only description of the suspect at this time is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall and wearing a red hat. He may have left the area in a white passenger car.
If you have any information about the identity of the suspect, please call 970-242-6707. You can also report information anonymously by contacting Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or online at 241STOP.com
The incident began just after 8:30 p.m. when a victim reported people in a white Jeep SUV pointed a gun at him while he was driving on Patterson Rd. A Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy spotted the suspect vehicle near 28 1/4 Rd and Orchard Ave and began pursuing it south to North Ave, where it collided with another vehicle and then continued on. Once the suspects drove into a residential area, the deputy ended the pursuit.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. another MCSO deputy spotted the suspect vehicle heading west on Elm Ave. and he began following them. The suspects crossed 12th St. and continued onto a pedestrian area on the CMU campus. The driver eventually crashed into a fire hydrant on the football practice field near Cannell Ave. and the four people inside jumped out and began running.
Deputies called for a lockdown of the campus while they chased the suspects. Two of them have not been caught at this time. The lockdown was lifted at 9:15 p.m. They are described as men, 5’8″ tall with brown hair, and last seen wearing black clothing. If you have information about their identities or locations please call 970-242-6707.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a report of shots fired in the 400 block of Chipeta Ave.
Just after 6:00 p.m. officers responded to a verbal disturbance and a shots fired call. The victim had run from the scene, but officers later found him nearby hiding in a tree. It appears a bullet did go through his pants, but missed his body. He was taken to the hospital as a precaution to be evaluated.
At this time we have not located the suspect. Investigators are on scene gathering information and evidence. We will post more information as it becomes available.