The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident involving a man found with a gunshot wound to his stomach.
At approximately 10:30 last night, officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Glenwood Ave, where they found the man inside his residence. At this point in the investigation we do not know how the man was shot or the circumstances surrounding the incident. We are conducting a thorough investigation.
We will post more information as it becomes available.
From October 20 to November 19 we took 67 reports of criminal mischief and theft from autos. In more than half of the cases the thief smashed vehicle windows to get inside, however many of the vehicles were simply unlocked when the thefts happened. As shown in the map to the left, the vast majority of the incidents we know about happened in neighborhoods near Colorado Mesa University.
In all of the cases the thief was able to spot valuable items left in plain sight, such as cash, purses and wallets, backpacks, phones, golf clubs, tools, laptops, house keys, and more. The thief or thieves do not appear to be targeting any particular types of vehicles, rather they are looking for easy targets where they can quickly grab items by reaching in through the vehicle windows or doors. The thefts tend to happen in the overnight hours, and half of the victims identified at this point are CMU students.
We believe there are more victims who have not contacted us, either because they didn’t want to make a report, or because they haven’t realized their items are missing from their vehicles. Additional information from these victims could help generate more leads in these cases, and we are asking those people to call 970-242-6707 to report those break-ins.
Also, if you have information about who is committing these crimes call 970-242-6707, or to remain anonymous call Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867.
The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested a man suspected of taking pictures and videos of people using a portable toilet at the Junior Service League Park. Detectives were able to obtain an arrest warrant for 37-year-old Joshua Vohs of Grand Junction after he confessed to placing a camera inside the portable toilet in order to take pictures of women using it. Officers arrested Vohs this morning.
The investigation began when a 13-year-old girl spotted the camera inside the toilet on October 11 and notified her father. The girl also provided a description of a vehicle she had seen in the parking lot that day. Based on information from those witnesses, detectives were eventually able to identify Vohs as a suspect, served a search warrant on Vohs’ residence, and collected a computer and storage devices. Investigators found 175 images and 25 videos of females going to the bathroom in what appeared to be the toilet at the park.
Grand Junction Police officers had previously arrested Vohs in 2011, when he used a camera mounted to his shoe to take pictures up the skirts of women in a local store. Vohs pleaded guilty in that case and was sentenced to two years in jail.
We are still trying to identify potential victims in this case. Anyone who used this toilet from August 5, 2013 to October 11, 2013 is asked to contact us at 970-549-5231.
Dos Rios Elementary School is transitioning to shelter in place this afternoon after being on lockdown for a man who was harassing a staff member at the school. The suspect was not at the school, however he was contacting the staff member by phone and the school felt his actions were threatening. The lockdown was done as a precaution to ensure the students and staff remained safe.
Grand Junction High School was briefly put into lockdown this morning as a precaution due to a suicidal subject in the area who had a gun. The incident involving that subject did not take place on campus, but at a nearby address. It did not involve staff or students at the school. The school is currently transitioning to shelter in place so the students and staff can return to their normal activities.
The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident involving a camera inside a portable toilet at the Junior Service League Park (2383 Redlands Pkwy) near the Blue Heron boat ramp. We are asking anyone who used the toilet from August 5, 2013 to October 11, 2013 to call the Grand Junction Police Department at 970-549-5231.
Below is a photo of a shirt worn by a possible witness in this case, however we believe there are others, and would like to speak with anyone who might have information, who recognizes the shirt in the photo, or who saw a suspicious individual in this area.
At this time we do not believe any other facilities were involved.
There are examples from across the nation: The Boston Marathon Bombings
Disasters and emergencies can happen anywhere, and although we are fortunate that we have not seen the devastating fires and flooding that our Front Range neighbors have, it doesn’t mean we in Mesa County are immune from major destructive incidents. What if we had a long term power outage during the winter? What if officers were tracking down a suspect at large in your neighborhood? What if a child was missing? The “what if” list goes on and on.
During these incidents, a crucial tool in keeping people safe is the ability to instantly provide the public with critical information. It might be a message telling you to get out of your house now, or to lock the doors and shelter-in-place. Maybe we need to inform those affected by a disaster where to go for shelter, or when they are allowed to return home after an evacuation.
The problem is, emergency responders can’t effectively and efficiently provide you with this critical information unless you take a couple minutes to sign up to receive alerts from our Emergency Notification System.
This system allows the Grand Junction Regional Communication Center (911 dispatchers for all of Mesa County) to send critical alerts to the devices you register, such as your mobile phone or tablet, or perhaps your email. You can receive the messages as text, voicemail, and/or email, and you have complete power over which of your devices gets the messages and in what format. What’s more, you can link your contact information to multiple addresses in Mesa County. That way if there’s an incident near your child’s school, for example, you can know about it while you are at work. Or perhaps you have an elderly parent who lives alone. You can receive alerts involving that address as well. You are able to use this system in a way that best works for you and the people you care about.
As of the end of October 2013, the Emergency Notification System only had about 7,000 people who had signed up. In a county of more than 140,000 people, that’s a very low number. Help us help you be prepared, because emergencies can happen here.
The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify and locate the suspect(s) that were involved in a theft.
Sometime between Friday, October 4th and Friday, October 11th, unknown suspect(s) entered the property located in the 600 block of 29 Road and removed a blue Ford tractor. The total estimated value of the stolen tractor is $10,000.
If you know the identity or location of the subject involved in this crime, please call 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 Case # 13-49773
The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested two people suspected of being involved in an incident that left a Grand Junction man hospitalized with severe injuries.
Earlier this week we told you about 58-year-old John Hage, who was found on the side of the road near 5th St. and Chipeta Ave. with severe injuries.
(Previously released information: http://grandjunctionpolicedepartment.com/2013/10/29/local-man-found-in-street-with-severe-injuries-gvcopbeat-gjco-mesacounty/)
34-year-old Christopher Allen Jompp was arrested and charged with second degree assault and 22-year-old Christina Marie Padilla was arrested and charged with robbery.
Investigators got a break in this case when they were able to track down a person who was was in possession of the victim’s mobile phone this week. From there they began interviewing people until they were finally able to identify Jompp and Padilla as suspects.
At this point in the investigation we believe Hage and Jompp were acquaintances, and were in a car with Padilla and another woman. The group drove around for a while, and then Hage parked the car on the side of the road. While stopped, Jompp began beating Hage in the head with his fists, knocking him unconscious. A witness said Hage fell out of the car while he was being beaten and Padilla then got out of the car and began taking money and other items out of his pockets. Jompp and Padilla then got back in the car and left Hage on the side of the road. A passerby eventually spotted him and called 911.
Hage remains hospitalized with severe injuries to his head.
Booking photos of the two suspects are not being released at this time.
Just after midnight, a Grand Junction Police officer was walking in the 500 block of Main St. near the breezeway. A man who was standing in the breezeway, later identified as 29-year-old Patricio Preciado of Grand Junction, pointed what appeared to be a black handgun in the officer’s face and said, “Give me your money.” The officer, believing that the man was going to shoot him, drew his handgun. As he did so, Preciado smiled and held up his gun, saying he was just kidding and that it was a toy gun.
The officer then took the fake gun from Preciado and called for additional officers. Preciado told the officer that he did not know he was a cop. The officer was in full uniform at the time and arrested Preciado for attempted robbery and felony menacing.
Based on his training and experience, the officer involved, who is a member of our SWAT team and a defensive tactics instructor, believed based on Preciado’s posture as he held what looked to be a real gun and Preciado’s tone of his voice, that his life was in danger. Whether Preciado was kidding or not, his actions put himself in grave danger. The officer’s alertness, discipline, and continued training allowed him to end this dangerous situation in a manner that stopped the criminal conduct and allowed the officer to take the suspect into custody without further incident.
Case # 13-53521