Local Law Enforcement Makes Arrests in Recent National Child Exploitation Investigation #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Last week, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office and the Grand Junction Police Department, as well as federal, state and local law enforcement agencies in 135 cities across the country, took part in the ninth annual Operation Cross County.  This initiative, spearheaded by the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, targets the criminals responsible for the sex trafficking of children.

“We’re not playing around. If you’re caught hurting and trafficking our children, we’ll do everything we can with prosecutors to put you behind bars forever and take away your freedom,” says Thomas P. Ravenelle, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Denver Division.  “Thanks to prosecutors, the public gets the message loudly and clearly that trafficking our children won’t be tolerated. The law is going to throw the book at you. Our prosecutors have ensured that traffickers are getting life sentences for their abuse of children.  There is nothing more important to us than protecting children.”

Operation Cross Country is part of the FBI’s Innocence Lost national initiative, which began in 2003. Since the program’s inception, more than 4,800 children have been recovered from underage prostitution and prosecutors have obtained more than 2,000 convictions, including at least 15 that have resulted in life sentences. For additional information on Operation Cross Country IX, and the Innocence Lost initiative, please visit www.fbi.gov.

The nationwide operation was conducted locally through the partnership of the Grand Junction Police Department, the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, Fruita Police Department, Colorado State Patrol and the 21st Judicial District Attorney’s Office, with noteworthy appreciation going to the Western Colorado Drug Task Force and both GJPD and MCSO Street Crimes Units.

Local law enforcement efforts accounted for: 1 recovered runaway juvenile, 5 predator johns arrested on felony charges and one adult arrested on drug related charges.

  • Christopher Fromm, 33, of Grand JunctionCHRISTOPHER FROMM DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Released on a $35,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Scott Meyers, 25, of FruitaSCOTT MEYERS DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Released on a $10,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Richard Medina, 54, of Grand JunctionRICHARD MEDINA DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
    • Human Trafficking (F2)
    • Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor (F4)
    • Possession with Intent to Distribute a Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF3)
    • Possession of Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF4)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
    • Multiple Active Warrants
      • Remains in custody on a $50,500 Cash Only Bond
  • Everett Pollock, 32, of CliftonEVERETT POLLOCK DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child–Previous Conviction (F3)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
      • Remains in custody on a $15,000 Cash or Surety Bond
  • Rene Johnson, 18, of FruitaRENE JOHNSON DTF PHOTO 101315
    • Soliciting for Child Prostitution (F3)
    • Patronizing a Prostitute Child (F3)
    • Enticement of a Child (F4)
    • Internet Luring of a Child/Intent of Sexual Contact (F4)
    • Sexual Assault (F4)
    • Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (DPO)
      • Released on a $10,000 PR Bond
  • Bradley Slaughenhoupt, 52, of Grand JunctionBRADLEY SLAUGHENHOUPT MCSO PHOTO 101315
    • Possession of Schedule I/II (Meth) (DF4)
      • Released on a $5,000 PR Bond

Suspects in Purse Theft Caught After Facebook Post Generates Leads from Community #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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LIVELY ORTIZOn Tuesday, October 6, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the Wal-Mart on North Avenue to contact a 79 year old female victim, reporting her purse was stolen from her cart while she was shopping.

Loss prevention employees were able to provide the officer with surveillance footage, showing a male and female walk past the victim’s shopping cart.  The female is seen taking the purse, and immediately proceeds to the exit of the store.  The male appears to observe the victim until the female takes the purse, and then he, too, exits the store.

On October 8, the Grand Junction Police Department posted pictures of the suspects on our social media page, hoping to generate some tips that would lead to identification of the individuals involved.

On October 10, a reporting party called dispatch and informed them that she saw the photos posted on Facebook, seeking information on the suspects, and she recognized both of them.  She was able to provide names of both subjects, and stated she was “100% sure” of their identities.

On October 11, officers were dispatched to a verbal disturbance in the 2800 Block of Elm Avenue.  One of the involved parties was reported to be Eric Lively, DOB 04/29/80, who was the male identified as the suspect in the theft of the purse.  Officers responded to the area and initiated a traffic stop on a vehicle described in the verbal disturbance call.  The two occupants of the vehicle were Lively and Kassandra Ortiz, DOB 01/27/92, who was the female identified as a suspect in the theft.

Officers were able to positively ID both Lively and Ortiz as the suspects in the theft by comparing their appearance to the subjects caught on the surveillance video.  They also located the purse the female suspect was carrying at the time of the theft in the vehicle at the time they were stopped.

Both Lively and Ortiz were arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of Theft (M2) and Crimes Against an At-Risk Adult (F4).

Great job, Grand Junction!  What a great example of clamping down on crime by partnering with our community!  Thank you!

Online Sales Exchange Safe Zone Now Available at GJPD #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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Craigslist2In today’s economy, it’s especially valuable to have options available for citizens to buy, sell, or trade goods.  Craigslist, Facebook, and other online platforms are a great way to sell that car you’ve never gotten around to fixing, or buy a gently used lawnmower for a reasonable price.  However, some people are understandably skeptical about inviting a stranger to their home to make that exchange, or to venture into an area with which they’re unfamiliar, with a pocket full of cash.

All over the country, ecommerce safe zones are popping up.  Numerous law enforcement agencies are providing a safe place to make those exchanges.  The Grand Junction Police Department is happy to start providing that service to our community, as well.

The process itself is really simple.  Our lobby is open from 8am to 6pm, seven days a week.  We also have two well-lit spots in our parking lot that we’ve designated for before or after hours trades.  Feel free to arrange to meet here to buy, sell, or trade your items.  Both our lobby and parking lot are under recorded video surveillance, 24 hours per day.  No appointment is needed, no advance notification necessary.  There won’t be an officer monitoring the transaction.  Our intention is to provide a location where citizens can feel safe and comfortable in these types of situations, knowing that police are only feet away.  If someone is unwilling to meet you at the police department to make your exchange, you may have just avoided a scam, or worse.

The Grand Junction Police Department is always looking for proactive ways to clamp down on crime and partner with our community.  We hope our citizens will find this service useful.  Questions?  Concerns?  Let us know!  Call (970)549-5114, or email heidid@gjcity.org.

Male Suspect Photographing Teens in Target #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help to identify a male suspect that is wanted for harassment. On Tuesday, August 25th two female teenagers were shopping inside Target located at 2424 Hwy 6 & 50, when they noticed a male subject taking photos of them. The suspect was described as Hispanic male, approximately 40 years old, 5’3” tall, with a scruffy mustache and goatee wearing a black t-shirt, shorts, and a red baseball cap. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.  2015-51774

If you know the identity or location of the subject 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 http://www.241stop.com.

Missing Person Found #Missing #GJPD #ShareGJ #GVCopBeat

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Missing

Heather Fullerton has been found and is safe.  There is no longer a need to report Heather’s whereabouts.

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Seeking Shoplift Suspect #GVCopBeat #MCCrimeStoppers

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2015-00055887SUSPECT_1The Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in locating a male suspect who stole a pair of shoes from the Wal-Mart store at 2545 Rimrock Avenue, around 4:40 pm on Saturday, September 12.

The male switched the shoes he was wearing with a pair of new shoes in a box on the display shelf and started walking out of the store. When contacted by loss prevention officers, the male then ran from the store. The suspect is described as a white male, 35-45 years old, around 6 feet tall and 200 lbs. He was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black shirt. The total estimated property loss is less than $100. The surveillance photo of the suspect can be viewed at http://www.241STOP.com.

If you know the identity or whereabouts of this subject, 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, visit http://www.241stop.com

So You Have A Vacation Planned, but What About Your House? #GVCopBeat #ShareGJ

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With the changing of the seasons comes the opportunity for vacation. Before you jet set off to the nearest beach, or to spend time with your family, it is important to make sure things are squared away at home. As the holiday season is just around the corner, often, thieves take this as an opportunity to break into homes and steal precious items. Don’t let yourself or your valuables become a victim.                                GJPD Logo

The Grand Junction Police Department would like to help protect your home while you are away. Our Vacation House Check program is free, and only requires this  Vacation House Check Form to be filled out and submitted . You can rest easy and enjoy your vacation knowing that we have the safety of your home and the goods inside it better protected.

In addition to filling out the vacation house check form, here are a few tips to help you further protect your home:

  • Buy A Light Switch Timer:
    You may think that leaving a house light or two on during your vacation will prevent thieves, but it could actually lure them in. Having a house light on consistently and through out the night looks odd–and gives the impression that nobody is home to turn it off. Instead, consider purchasing a light switch timer that will automatically turn your lights on and off according to the time schedule you set. Think you’re going to buy one? Check out this Honeywell 7-Day Programmer from Amazon.
  • Don’t Make it Easy for Thieves–Watch What You Post:
    Before you post about your upcoming vacation on your social media accounts- such as Facebook and Twitter- it’s important to stop and think: “Who is actually reading this?” Social networking sites have made it easier for criminals to target their next victim. Be aware that not everything you post is protected, and often, social media sites have a consistently fluctuating privacy policy–before you post, make sure to think twice. In addition to watching your posting habits before your next vacation, it is also important to be careful what you say on your home phone answering machine or voice mail. Callers just need to know you can’t come to the phone, not that you’re not home.
  • Extra! Extra! They’re Not Home to Read It:
    Do you have a daily or weekly newspaper delivered to your driveway? Before you leave on your vacation, consider asking a friend or a family member to pick up the newspapers from your drive way. Having multiple newspapers gathered on the front of your drive way could send a signal to criminals that you’re out of town. If you plan on being gone for an extended period of time, you might consider putting a hold to your mail, as well. Piled up mail in the mailbox could lead to a number of issues, including identity theft. To place a hold to your mail, visit USPS.com.
  • Have A Spare? Don’t Make it Easy:
    Instead of leaving your extra house key under the mat on your front porch, or even under a flower pot, give it to a trusted family member or friend. If for any reason a criminal does get wind that you’re not home, they’re likely to look for a spare key. Don’t make it easy for them to walk away with your items.
  • Lock It Up:
    In addition to following the advice above, don’t forget to lock your house. You might find yourself so eager to leave, that you forget to lock your windows or your back door. Before leaving, double check that all locks are in the locked position and that there are no open windows. If your home has a security system, make sure that is set as well. If you have certain items that have substantial value, such as jewelry, consider locking it up and putting it in a closet under clothing.

Happy travels!