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GJPD Investigating Two Unrelated Robberies That Happened This Week #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating two separate robberies that we believe are unrelated.  Both happened overnight from October 13-14.

The first robbery happened at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of North Ave., one block east of CMU.

Three people, one of whom was armed with a gun, approached two CMU students. The armed suspect demanded money, the students complied with the demands, and the suspects ran from the scene. No one was hurt.

The suspects are described as:

  • Suspect 1 (armed suspect)-  Hispanic male, 5’8” tall, approximately 170 pounds, wearing dark clothing with a flat rimmed baseball style hat
  • Suspect 2- male, wearing dark clothing and blue jeans
  • Suspect 3- female, wearing a white hooded sweatshirt and dark sweat pants
  • The suspects were last seen in a mid to late 1990’s, white SUV.

We believe the second robbery happened around midnight the same night in the area of S. Redlands Rd. near Mount Sopris Dr.  The victim said he was walking in the area when he passed two men. The victim heard the men yelling at him, and when he turned around one of them pointed a gun at him while the other punched him.  They then took his backpack and some personal items.

The suspects in this robbery are described as:

  • Suspect 1- white male, approximately 5’9″ tall, with facial hair, wearing a dirty black baseball cap and backpack
  • Suspect 2- black male, approximately 6’1″ tall, with facial hair, wearing a black beanie
  • Both men appeared dirty and “scraggly”

If you have any information about either of these robberies, or saw any suspicious people or activity in the areas described, please call the GJPD at 970-242-6707 or report it anonymously to Crime Stoppers online or by calling 970-241-7867.

October 15, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Employee Now 1 of 50 People In The World To Earn Forensic Video Analyst Certification From LEVA #GVCopBeat

LEVA 2014-180_FixedForensic video analysis is the scientific examination, comparison, and evaluation of video in legal matters.

The Grand Junction Police Department is pleased to announce that Jordan Huslig, an audio-video technician for the department, is now a certified Forensic Video Analyst through the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA).  Jordan is one of 50 people in the world with this top-level certification from LEVA, and the only person in Colorado.

“The use of digital multimedia evidence in the investigation of crimes is exploding right now,” said Jordan.  “I’m proud to work for an agency that is on the forefront of the use of this technology.”

Jordan has spent the past four years training, taking classes, and going through rigorous testing to earn the certification.  His first milestone in the process came in 2012, when he became a certified forensic video technician, joining about 200 other people with the title.  He went on to pursue the more advanced forensic video analyst status, and completed that journey this month.  Along the way he became trained in various subjects including:

  • digital multimedia evidence and the law
  • analog video and the law
  • photographic image and video comparison
  • expert witness testimony

He also went through a tough testing process that included detailed presentations and critiques of analytical case work he has done for the Grand Junction Police Department.

“We are only in the first 10 to 15 years of this discipline, but with this certification, we are bringing to light that this type of forensic investigation is a science, not an art or a hobby, and it’s happening much in the way fingerprinting and DNA started,” Jordan said.
Learn more about the LEVA certification program here.LEVA 2014-182_Fixed

October 15, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | Leave a comment

Important Information About 911 Service in Mesa County #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty


GJRCC-105Why You Need to Sign Up for Emergency Notifications

Do you use a smartphone or tablet?

Would you want to know if there was an emergency affecting your neighborhood right now, even if you weren’t at home?

Disasters and emergencies can happen anywhere, and we in Mesa County are not immune.  During these incidents, a crucial tool in keeping people safe is the ability to instantly provide the public with critical information, regardless if they are at home or not. 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 the Mesa County Emergency Notification System.  This is especially true for people who no longer have traditional, landline phones in their homes.

The Emergency Notification System allows 911 dispatchers to send critical alerts to the mobile devices you register.  You can receive the messages as text, voicemail, and 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, 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.

It only takes a couple of minutes to get signed up.  Use this link.



If You Ever Have to Call 911

Hopefully you will never need to call 911, but if you do, there are some important things you need to know.

The first is your address or location. The 911 dispatchers need to know where to send the help.  Try to be as specific as possible.

You also need to make sure the scene around you is safe. Car crashes, for example, can pose safety risks to the people trying to help those involved.  Look for any hazards, such as downed power lines, leaking fluids from the vehicle, or other vehicle traffic.  If you are calling about a fire or flood, make sure you are in a safe location before you call to report them. And law enforcement incidents may require you to shelter in place or to evacuate.

When you call 911, try to remain calm, and don’t hang up the phone until the 911 dispatch tells you to hang up.  Remember that it may take several minutes for the emergency responders to arrive, but know that help is on the way.

In some situations, the person you are trying to help may need medical attention immediately, even before the paramedics can get there.  The 911 dispatchers are trained to help you through that process, even if you don’t have any medical training or experience.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

Why 911 Dispatchers May Not Automatically Know Your Location When You Call

Here’s a pop quiz for you…

True or false?

When you call 911 from a mobile phone the dispatcher automatically knows where you are located.

The answer?……. False

A lot of people think that their mobile phones can pinpoint their location when they call 911.  The reality is they can give the 911 dispatcher a general idea of where you are, but not an exact location.

So how close do they come to your exact location?  That depends on your wireless carrier and their cell towers and technology.  Some can get you within a few hundred feet, others within a few blocks.  And, if you’re in a building with more than one floor, the location will not show which floor you are on.

That’s why during emergencies it is critical to know where you are, or at least be able to describe what is around you in good detail.  Pay attention to street names and mile markers, for example.  Know the exact addresses of places you visit often.  When visiting someplace new, look for identifiable features or landmarks.  And when you do call 911 tell the dispatcher your mobile phone number, so that if you get disconnected the dispatcher can call you back.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

What You Should Teach Your Kids About 911

Frequently we hear stories in the news about young kids who saved lives because they knew how to call 911.

Would your child know what to do in an emergency?

While it’s important to teach kids that dialing 911 is not a game, they also need to feel comfortable calling 911 during true emergencies.

And start early, as soon as they are able to grasp the concept of what an emergency is.

Role play with your kids and give them examples of what are or are not emergencies.

“If someone falls off a ladder, is that an emergency?”  Or  “If you have a really bad dream, is that an emergency?”

Once they have a firm grasp of what an emergency is, show them the phone and how to use it if they did need to call 911.

And tell them to never hang up until the 911 dispatcher says it’s ok to hang up the phone.

That’s also important if you or your child accidentally calls 911.  Don’t immediately hang up.  Instead, wait for the dispatcher to answer and explain what happened.  If you don’t talk to them, they will send a law enforcement officer to you to check on you.

911 is a great tool for keeping people safe or getting them help when they need it.  Make sure your kids know what to do and how to call for help.

For more information about 911 services in Mesa County visit our Grand Junction Regional Communication Center webpage.

October 14, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , | Leave a comment

Two Vehicle Crash Sends Pickup Truck Into Building on Main St. #GVCopBeat

imageNo one was injured this evening after a two vehicle crash that sent a pickup truck into the corner of the Rockslide restaurant on the corner of 4th and Main.

The two drivers were heading southbound on 4th St, when the driver of a Subaru tried to make a left turn onto Main St. from the outside lane. That driver clipped the back of the pickup truck, sending the pickup into the corner of the restaurant.  There is some damage to the building, but nobody inside the restaurant was hurt.

Crews have moved the pickup and are assessing the building to determine the extent of the damage.

October 10, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Officer Arrested And Placed On Administrative Leave Without Pay After Investigation of Damaged Property #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is announcing the arrest of officer Gage Wright, an 8-year veteran of the police department.  Wright is suspected of intentionally damaging property belonging to a former girlfriend, who is a 911 dispatcher for the police department, and her husband, who is a Mesa County Sheriff’s Office deputy.  Additional details of the arrest appear in the warrantless arrest affidavit prepared by the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, which is handling the criminal investigation in cooperation with our agency.  Deputies arrested Wright at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office without incident today and booked him into jail on several charges of criminal mischief, to include a class 6 felony, and a domestic violence enhancer.
Wright has been placed on administrative leave without pay pending the final resolution of the concurrent internal affairs investigation being conducted by our agency.
“As with any defendant, he is presumed to be innocent until proven guilty, however these are serious allegations, and we will address them in a firm and decisive manner,” said Police Chief John Camper.
Any requests for the warrantless arrest affidavit or booking photo need to be made to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, as this is their investigation and arrest.

October 2, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

GJPD Offering Free Class to Help Local Rental Properties Stay Crime Free #GVCopBeat #gjco #grandjunction

Crime_Free_Multihousing_LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department is inviting local rental property owners and managers to participate in the next Crime Free Multi-housing class that will take place on November 14, 2014 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).

This FREE training class is the first of three steps to getting properties certified under the Crime Free program, which helps reduce the number of calls to police and the number of arrests at those properties.  At the training class we discuss background checks, lease agreements, current trends in narcotics activity, gang awareness, and crime prevention.

Once the class is completed, participants can move on to the second phase, which is a Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) survey. During that survey, we look at locks, lighting, and landscaping of the property and make recommendations to make the property safer.

The third phase consists of a safety social where the owner invites the residents out to discuss crime prevention and the Crime Free program.

After the completion of the 3 phases, the property becomes certified and we provide signs to post at the entrance for all to see. The owner can also use the Crime Free logo when advertising for new tenants. The GJPD keeps a list of properties involved in the program and often times has residents come to the police department asking about Crime Free Properties.

This program is internationally recognized and was founded in Arizona in 1992.  Some insurance agencies that recognize the program have also offered a reduced cost on insurance. Locally, we give the property owner a listing of all calls for service at their property on a weekly basis. We also track any residents that live or visit the property for arrests. If anyone living or visiting the property is arrested, we will notify the owner and provide police reports.

To sign up for the class, contact Ofc. Cory Tomps at 970-549-5331 or by email at .

September 30, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Crime Stoppers Crime of the Week for September 25, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

MCSO14-27218 Suspects MCSO14-27218 VehicleThe Mesa County Sheriff’s Office is requesting information that will lead to the identification of the two male subjects involved in a burglary.

Sometime between 6:30-8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th, two unknown male subjects forced entry into two change machines at the Crystal Clear Car Wash located at 3202 E Road, Clifton. The first subject was described as a white male, 35-45 year old, 6’3”-6’5” tall, about 300-325 lbs. The second subject was described as a white male, 35-45 years old, 5’6-5’10” tall, about 125-150 lbs. The subjects caused over $1,200 in damage and stole over $1,285 in change. The surveillance photo of the suspects are included with this blog posting.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of the subject involved in this crime, please contact 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 .

MCSO# 2014-27218

September 25, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | , , | Leave a comment

GJPD Arrests Woman for Child Abuse Resulting in Death #GVCopBeat

Sydney Danielle White

Sydney Danielle White

The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 20-year-old Sydney Danielle White of Grand Junction on a charge of child abuse resulting in death.

The arrest comes after a social worker at Denver Children’s Hospital in Aurora notified our investigators on September 16 that an 11-month-old girl named Angel Lane Place had arrived at their hospital from St. Mary’s Hospital with head trauma.  The child was not expected to survive.

During the investigation detectives learned Angel was in White’s care who was serving as a foster mom.  White told investigators that on September 12 she accidentally dropped Angel on the floor which resulted in a minor cut to Angel’s lip and a bloody nose.  White also said that on the morning of September 15 Angel was screaming and she couldn’t get her to stop. She described shaking the baby.  White said the baby initially became lethargic and wouldn’t wake up, but that later she appeared to be doing better.  Later that night White took Angel to St. Mary’s Hospital when Angel’s right side became stiff and she was unresponsive.  Angel went to Children’s Hospital that same night, where she later died on September 17.  During examination the coroner found additional head injuries.

Detectives booked White into the Mesa County Jail.  For information on inmates in that facility, including bond updates, visit the MCSO Inmate Inquiry System.

Below is the news release sent out from the Mesa County Coroner’s Office:

Mesa County Coroner’s Office

Dean M. Havlik, MD, Coroner

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner



Date: September 19, 2014

Contact: 970-256-6462

For Immediate Release

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Angel Lenee Place, an 11 month-old female resident of Grand Junction, CO. Passed away after she was transported to Children’s Hospital in Aurora, CO on September 17, 2014. The cause of death is blunt force head injuries and the manner of death is homicide.

The law enforcement agency overseeing this investigation is the Grand Junction Police Department. Please contact them for any further details regarding this case.

Thank you,

Dean M Havlik, MD, Mesa County Coroner

Victor Yahn, Chief Deputy Coroner

September 23, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | 4 Comments

Vehicle Vs. Bicycle Crash Turns Into Robbery #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident in which a woman riding a bicycle was hit by a car at Gunnison Ave. and North 25th St.

At approximately 11:00 p.m. the woman was struck by a white Subaru, which subsequently fled the area.  The female victim was then approached by a male who removed personal items from the woman and fled on foot.  It is believed the male was associated with the involved vehicle.

The male was described as approximately 6 feet tall with a medium build, brown hair, and wearing dark clothing.

If anyone has information about this case please call 970-242-6707.  You can also report it through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or online at

September 22, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Employee Says Man Pushed Past Her While Stealing Items- GJPD Investigating #GVCopBeat

Walgreens suspect 091914The Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an incident that happened just before 10:00 p.m. last night at the Walgreens store at 29 Rd. and North Ave.  An employee told officers she saw the man was trying to leave the store with items concealed under his shirt.  She said she stepped in front of the door to block him, and told him that he needed to pay for the items.  The man pushed past her and left the store with the items.  He was last seen heading eastbound on foot into the Rose Park mobile home community on North Ave.

The man is described as being black or Hispanic, approximately six feet tall, and weighing about 170 pounds.  We’ve included a photo of the suspect from surveillance video in this blog post.

If you have any information about the identity of this suspect or where he is, please contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or report your information online at

September 19, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment


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