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Update: Mesa County Man Connected to Raided Massage Parlor Arrested For False Use of A Social Security Number #GVCopBeat

Below is a news release that the Department of Justice just put out regarding an arrest of a man connected to yesterday’s raid on the massage parlors:
DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
NEWS RELEASE
 
John F. Walsh
United States Attorney, District of Colorado
 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 18, 2014
 
MESA COUNTY MAN CONNECTED TO RAIDED MASSAGE PARLOR ARRESTED FOR FALSE USE OF A SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBER
 
Four massage parlors were raided yesterday as part of an ongoing investigation
DENVER – A Mesa County man, Wei Li, age unknown, a resident of Clifton, was arrested without incident at the Balanced Healing Massage and Spa for false use of a Social Security Number, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, FBI, Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office announced.  The defendant appeared this afternoon before a U.S. Magistrate Judge in Grand Junction where he was advised of his rights, and the charges pending against him.  Li is due back in court tomorrow at 2:30 p.m.
 
According to the affidavit in support of the Criminal Complaint, on November 15, 2013, Bank of the West provided information regarding banking activity in accounts held by Balanced Healing, which included defendant Wei Li as a co-signer.  According to the investigation, when the Balanced Healing account was opened at the bank by Li and another person, Li presented a signature card, including information that Li stated he resided in Clifton, Colorado.  Li also presented a Washington driver’s license and provided a Social Security Number.  Li represented himself to be an unemployed truck driver and a non-resident alien. 
Further investigation determined that Balanced Healing was in the client massage business and advertised erotic full body massages.  Starting in November 2012 through March 13, 2014, large amounts of cash was deposited in the Balanced Healing’s bank accounts and was used for the defendant and another person’s personal expenses. 
 
During the course of the investigation into possible human trafficking, it was determined from the Social Security Administration (SSA) Office of Inspector General that Li’s Social Security Number/ITIN is not a valid number and has never been issued.  Further, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation determined the ITIN number was also not valid.
Yesterday Li was present at Balanced Healing Massage and Day Spa in Grand Junction during the execution of a federal search warrant.  Li provided a Social Security Card dated 02/19/2014 with a different number, with “Valid for work only with DHS Authorization” written upon it. 
If convicted of false use of a Social Security Number, the defendant faces not more than 5 years imprisonment, and up to a $250,000 fine.
 
This case is being investigated by the FBI, Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation, and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
The defendant is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Michelle Heldmyer.
 
A criminal complaint is a probable cause charging document.  Anyone accused of committing a federal felony crime has a Constitutional right to be indicted by a grand jury.
The charges contained in the Criminal Complaint are allegations, and the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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June 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | 1 Comment

Inaccurate News Report Regarding Shooting #GVCopBeat

We understand that local television news outlets are reporting an active shooter situation in Grand Junction. THESE REPORTS ARE NOT ACCURATE. There is no active shooter incident.

We did get a call of a person who had been shot, but it turns out this was a false report. No one has been shot or injured.

We are investigating it as a false reporting case.

June 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | 1 Comment

Want to Prevent Crime in Your Neighborhood? It’s Time To Get Your Neighborhood Signed Up for National Night Out 2014 #GVCopBeat

IMG_7453A very popular summer event returns to Grand Junction!

National Night Out will take place during the evening hours of August 5 in neighborhoods across Grand Junction, and registration is currently underway.

National Night Out is an annual event that helps fight crime in our neighborhoods by building camaraderie and familiarity between neighbors, while also sending a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.  All Grand Junction neighborhoods who register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer stop by and visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.

What does a National Night Out event look like you ask?

That’s completely up to you and your neighbors.  In years’ past we’ve seen neighborhoods organize ice cream socials, host pizza parties, have all of the residents bring their BBQs into their driveways for a cookout, or just meet in someone’s yard for cookies and lemonade.  We’ve posted a whole list of possibilities here.  The idea is to customize your neighborhood event so it encourages and invites participation from those who live around you.

How do I register my neighborhood?

Simply visit our National Night Out website.

How do I know if someone else in my neighborhood has already registered an event for us?

As people register their neighborhoods, the information will show up on our National Night Out website.  There’s a link to see which neighborhoods have registered and who is hosting the event.  You can also call 549-5300 for more information.

What kinds of things do neighborhoods do during National Night Out?

Are you thinking of hosting an event for your neighborhood?  Get some event ideas here.

Additional photos from previous years’ events are on our Facebook page.

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June 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Have You Ever Considered Volunteering With the GJPD? We Have an Upcoming Service Volunteer and Victim Advocate Recruiting Event #GVCopBeat

IMG_3146The Grand Junction Police Department is currently recruiting people who would like to volunteer with our agency.  On Wednesday, July 16 from 10am-2pm, the GJPD will host a Service Volunteer and Victim Advocate Recruiting Event. It will be held in our training room at 555 Ute Ave.

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Our Service Volunteers help in a number of ways, ranging from data entry and mail delivery, to being part of our Volunteer Patrol and assisting at various scenes.

Our Victim Advocates respond to scenes at the request of police officers to help victims of crime.December 2011 190 For more information about this recruiting event call 549-5130.

June 18, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Local Law Enforcement Assists FBI With Investigation of Suspected Human Trafficking #GVCopBeat

IMG_5602The Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation to investigate massage parlors in the City of Grand Junction and surrounding Mesa County.  On Tuesday, June 17 the FBI, with assistance from the GJPD and MCSO, executed federal search and seizure warrants as part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The investigation centers on massage parlors where prostitution and possible human trafficking is suspected of taking place.  Part of the ongoing investigation will be to determine where the prostitutes are coming from, and whether these women are unwillingly being trafficked from city to city.

The four locations involved in today’s operation are:DSC03065

  • New Hong Kong Spa (333 North Ave. Unit #18)
  • Oriental Spa (2925 North Ave.)
  • Tokyo Spa (2912 North Ave. #2)
  • Balanced Healing Massage and Spa (3198 F Rd. Suite 106)

 

 

The investigation, which is led by the FBI, also includes the following agencies:

  • Grand Junction Police Department
  • Mesa County Sheriff’s Office
  • Western Colorado Drug Task Force
  • Colorado Trafficking and Organized Crime Coalition
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Internal Revenue Service

The investigation is continuing and we’ll provide more information as it becomes available.

June 17, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

Crime of the Week for June 12, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopBeat

Crime Stoppers LogoThe Palisade Police Department needs your help in identify the suspect(s) involved in vandalizing the Riverbend Park facility. Sometime between 6:00 pm on Monday, January 13th and 8:00 am on Tuesday, January 14th, unknown subject(s) gained access to the rooftop of the restroom facility located on the east end of the park and damaged both sky-lights beyond repair. The total estimated property damage is more than $1,200.

If you know the identity or location of the subjects 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 www.241stop.com

Palisade PD# 14-0064

June 12, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

Retired K9 Oldo Passes Away #GVCopBeat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt is with sadness that we share that retired police K9 Oldo passed away this week. He was just over 11 1/2 years old.

K9 Oldo joined the department May 6, 2007 and had a great career until he had to retire in March 2011 due to injuries suffered on a call. During his career he was utilized 647 times, with 177 of them being narcotics. K9 Oldo found drugs on 125 of the 135 sniffs that he indicated on. Oldo also had a way of convincing bad guys to give up. Whether is was his crazy gold eyes or his scary growl he could be pretty intimidating.

K9 Oldo was recognized at both the state and national level several times for his abilities in both narcotics and patrol related calls. His awards include:

2007 CPCA Challenge finished 4th place in narcotics detection.

2007 NPCA Regional patrol case of the second quarter.

2007 NPCA Regional narcotics case of the second quarter.

2007 NPCA Runner up patrol case of the year.

2010 NPCA Regional patrol case of the third quarter.

2010 American Red Cross Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.

2010 NPCA Runner up patrol case of the year.

2010 NPCA Medal of Valor.

Of course all of the recognition and accomplishments of Oldo would not be possible without the dedication of his handler, Ofc. Geraldine Earthman.

“Oldo was an exceptional police dog, but his accomplishments are really a tribute to the expertise, skill, and professionalism of Officer Earthman, who is recognized throughout the region as a leader in the field of K9 training,” Police Chief John Camper said.

Ofc. Earthman has and continues to spend countless hours training police dogs, not only with our department, but also coordinating with other handlers across the state to ensure these animals perform well when officers need them the most. We are grateful for her service to our department and community.

RIP K9 Oldo. End of watch May 27, 2014.

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May 29, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , | 2 Comments

Armed Robbery at Old Chicago Restaurant #GVCopBeat

imageimageThe Grand Junction Police Department is investigating an armed robbery that was reported at 7:15am today.  An employee reported that two men came into the restaurant and one of them was armed with a handgun.  The men forced the employee into the freezer. Once the two men left the employee was able to call 911. He was not injured and there were no other people in the restaurant.

Suspect 1

  • white male
  • approximately 6’0″ tall
  • medium build
  • wearing a brown, heavy coat and jeans
  • wearing a black mask
  • armed with a handgun

Suspect 2

  • white male
  • approximately 6’1″ tall
  • small build
  • wearing a dark coat, jeans, gloves
  • wearing a black mask

Investigators are on scene gathering information.  A K9 handler and dog are also on scene attempting to track the suspects.

If you have information about this incident call 242-6707.

May 28, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | Leave a comment

Can You Identify the Bank Robbery Suspect Seen In These Surveillance Photos? #GVCopBeat

The Grand Junction Police Department is asking for the public’s help in identifying the man in these surveillance photos.  On March 24, 2014, just after 2:00pm, this man walked into the First National Bank at 685 Horizon Dr and demanded money.  He then left the area with an undisclosed amount of cash.

He is described as a white male, approximately 5-feet, nine-inches tall and weighing 230-250 pounds.  He was wearing a white cloth over his face at the time of the robbery.

If you know who this man is please call 970-242-6707.  If you want to remain anonymous you can contact Crime Stoppers at 970-241-7867 or submit a tip online.

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May 23, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

JUCO Parking and Pedestrian Tips to Help You Enjoy the Game #GVCopBeat #JUCO

imageThe 2014 JUCO World Series is about to get underway, which means it’s a very exciting time for Grand Junction.  It also means there will be a whole lot of cars in and around Suplizio Field for the next week.  To keep this a fun and safe event, we have some reminders for people trying to get to the games:

  • Get there early- parking is on a first come, first served basis, so get to the stadium early if you want to park in the Lincoln Park parking lot.
  • Please be considerate- make sure your vehicle is between the lines and only take up one space.
  • If the sign says no parking, don’t park there.
  • If you choose to park on a nearby neighborhood street, make sure you aren’t blocking a driveway or fire hydrant.  Residents need to be able to safely enter and exit their driveways.
  • As each night game ends, all lanes in the Lincoln Park parking lot will become exit only lanes- no cars will be allowed into the parking lot. That means parents need to make arrangements to pick up kids at a nearby location away from the stadium.
  • There is a great shuttle bus system that is free for anyone with a JUCO pass or single game ticket.  Get more information about the route and times.image
  • Pedestrians- make sure to use designated crosswalks.  Traffic control devices will be set up along North Ave to prevent people from crossing in the middle of the street.
  • Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. That way you know if the drivers are aware of your presence before you step into the roadway.

May 23, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

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