The GJPD Patrol

Orchard Mesa Homicide Update 2: Identities of Suspect and Victim #GVCopBeat

imageThe Grand Junction Police Department has arrested 25-yeard-old Lee McDonald of Grand Junction on 1st degree murder charges in connection with this morning’s stabbing in Orchard Mesa.  He has been booked into the Mesa County jail. His booking photo is not being released at this time as the investigation continues.

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office released the following information this afternoon as well:

The Mesa County Coroner’s Office has completed its examination regarding the death of Nicholas Alan Potts, a 27 year-old male resident of North Miami, FL.  Mr. Potts was the gentleman involved in the incident on Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa early this morning.  The cause of death is multiple stab wounds and the manner of death is homicide.


Previously released information about this case can be found here.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , | 16 Comments

Orchard Mesa Homicide Investigation Update 1 #GVCopBeat

image9:15 am- Updated information on the Orchard Mesa homicide investigation:

One man is dead from what appear to be stab wounds.  At this point in the investigation we believe the incident started in the area of Christopher Ct. and Santa Clara Ave. with the victim being assaulted.  The victim ran through the neighborhood knocking on doors trying to get help with the suspect following him.  He eventually ended up in the front yard of 1254 Santa Clara Ave. where he died.

The suspect is in custody with charges pending.  His name is not being released at this time.

The victim’s identity, as well as the official cause and manner of death, will be released after the Mesa County Coroner’s Office completes its portion of the investigation and notifies next of kin.

Previously released information can be found here.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | 2 Comments

GJPD Investigating Homicide Near Pinon St and Santa Clara Ave in Orchard Mesa #GVCopBeat

imageThe Grand Junction Police Department is investigating a homicide that happened near the intersection of Pinon St. and Santa Clara Ave. in Orchard Mesa.  The incident happened shortly after 4:00am this morning.  Detectives and crime scene investigators are on scene gathering evidence and information from witnesses.  At this time we are not looking for any suspects.

Santa Clara Ave.  at Pinon St. is closed at this time while we continue to investigate.

July 13, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | 1 Comment

Crime of the Week for July 10, 2014 #GVCrimeStoppers #GVCopbeat

Crime Stoppers LogoThe Grand Junction Police Department needs your help in identifying the suspect(s) involved in a theft from auto.

Sometime between 11:00 pm on Wednesday, May 7th and 1:30 pm on Wednesday, May 14th, unknown subject(s) entered a Ford F350 truck and trailer parked on the 2200 block of Tall Grass Drive. While inside the vehicles, suspect(s) removed two Ashly 31 Band Single Track Equalizers and two Galileo 616 Audio Processors. The total estimated property loss is over $22,000.

If you know the identity or whereabouts 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

GJPD# 14-25578

July 11, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

CSI Camp Gives High School Students a Taste of the Real World of Forensic Investigations #GVCopbeat #cmu #grandjunction

IMG_5726This week western slope high school students learned what real CSI investigators do as they work to solve crimes and track down the bad guys.  Grand Junction Police Department forensic investigators taught much of the hands on, three-day course offered by Colorado Mesa University and Western Colorado Community College, including blood spatter analysis, forensic photography, and cell phone forensics.

“The idea behind the course is to stimulate interest in forensic science and criminal justice programs,” said Jane Quimby, Director of Public Safety at CMU.

Each of the 14 students received a notebook with different modules that were based on a real, unsolved case that happened in 1842.  That case involved a husband and wife that were found dead in a farmhouse, and the husband was partially burned in a fireplace.  Using what they learned throughout the course the students worked to see if they could figure out “who done it.”IMG_5724

“My favorite thing was when we went to the crime house and saw the CSI truck,” said Brianna, a 17-year-old student.  “When they took us to the blood spatter room, that was really cool because you get to learn what caused them.”

Some of the other topics covered in the course included:

  • evidence documentation and processing
  • fingerprint classification, lifting and comparisons
  • forensic anthropology
  • firearms identification analysis
  • courtroom procedures and testimony

“I like the photography and learning about the different lenses and depth of light and amount of light,” said Iz’Jayna, 17-year-old student.  “I didn’t know all that until now, so it’s really cool.”

Footprint evidence is illuminated by chemicals used by investigators

Footprint evidence is illuminated by chemicals used by investigators

IMG_5738As part of the application process for the course, each student had to have a recommendation by a current high school teacher or counselor.  A portion of the camp is paid for by a grant from the El Pomar Foundation with the goal of inspiring students and sparking interest in careers and college.

For 17-year-old Hailee, “I want to do drug enforcement, so I thought it would be a good experience before I go through the police academy.”

July 11, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Video and Photos from Today’s Bomb Squad Demonstration for Local Media #GVCopBeat #grandjunction #mesacounty

"Flaming Tire" demonstration

“Flaming Tire” demonstration

Thank you to the media who came out to learn more about the Grand Junction Police Department Bomb Squad today.  Our goal was to give them a lot of background information about the squad and help them understand what they do and why so that the next time they are reporting on an incident involving the Bomb Squad they can pull from that base knowledge and put together educated and informed news stories to present to the public.

We posted video from today’s demonstration on our Youtube channel

Here are some interesting facts about the GJPD Bomb Squad:

  • It was established in 1980
  • In 1999 the Grand Junction Fire Department joined with the Police Department to create a unique, joint unit
  • There are 4 law enforcement officers and 3 firefighters on the squad
  • The squad is accredited through the FBI
  • It’s the only bomb squad between Denver and Salt Lake City
  • Because of agreements and support from the federal government, the squad covers 14 counties in western Colorado and eastern Utah
  • On average the squad responds to 35-60 calls per year
  • The types of calls include found explosives, IED devices, dignitary protection, security sweeps/special events, military ordinance, bombing scenes
  • Some of the more high profile cases the bomb squad has been involved with include James Genrich (2 people killed by bombs in 1991 in Grand Junction), Robert Burke (placed incendiary devices at 5 Grand Junction homes in 2006), Jim Blanning (placed several devices around downtown Aspen on New Year’s Eve 2008)




July 3, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Crime of the Week for July 3, 2014 #MCCrimeStoppers #GVCopbeat

Surveillance photo of suspect

Surveillance photo of suspect

This week Crime Stoppers of Mesa County needs your help in locating the suspect that stole two wallets from a locker at the CMU Recreational Center located at 1040 Mesa Avenue in Grand Junction.

Sometime between 3:15-6:50 pm on Friday, June 6th unknown suspects removed a white canvas wallet with a black owl print and a red cloth wallet with a green swirl print and buckle which contained both victim’s personal identification cards and cash. The total property loss is less than $100.

If you know the identity or location of the subjects involved in this crime, please call Crime Stopper 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

GJPD Case # 14-3033414-30334

July 3, 2014 Posted by | Crime of the Week | | Leave a comment

Bomb Squad Demonstration for the Media #GVCopbeat #grandjunction #mesacounty

imageOur bomb squad is doing a demonstration for our local media today. Around 10am we’ll be showing them the power of various types of explosives. There’s a chance that you will hear those explosions in the Orchard Mesa area. Please don’t be alarmed.

July 3, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , | Leave a comment

Next Sexual Assault Prevention Class Scheduled for August 21 #GVCopBeat #gjco #mesacounty


We are already receiving reservations for the next Sexual Assault Prevention class, which will take place on August 21 from 6:00-8:00pm at the Grand Junction Police Department (555 Ute Ave.).  Due to limited space, we are asking parents and teens to reserve their spots by emailing

This class, which is designed for both young men and young women, will give our area teens and young adults important information about situations that often lead to sexual assault and ways to avoid them.  It will also address what to do if you know someone who has been a victim of sexual assault.

Participants will watch a short video, and then discuss the situations seen in the video.  There will also be a panel of local professionals who often get involved in sexual assault cases who will answer questions and provide important information.

Listen to Ofc. Freidenberger explain what this class is all about and why it’s so important.

If you have questions please call 970-549-5114 or email

Space is limited, so please R.S.V.P by emailing


Sexual Assault Prevention class flyer 08-21-14

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

GJPD K9 Receives New Ballistic Vest #GVCopBeat #gjco

Ofc. Earthman and K9 Joker in his new vest

Ofc. Earthman and K9 Joker in his new vest

The Grand Junction Police Department has received a ballistic vest thanks to a nationwide GROUPON EVENT that raised over $335,000.00.

K9 Joker

K9 Joker

Below is the information from Vested Interest in K9s, Inc.:

The “Occasions ” campaign for Groupon Grassroots to outfit police K9’s with bullet and stab protective vests ran February 15th through March 5th.   Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. was the nationwide non-profit organization and charity partner selected by Groupon Grassroots to participate. The online $10 donation suggested interested persons purchase a GROUPON (a tax deductible donation) through the secure website where all funds were allocated to purchase ballistic vests for our four-legged crime fighters who put their lives on the line for the community and their partner.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. will be providing over 350 law enforcement dogs nationwide with the protective body armor in memory of K9 Rocco of the Pittsburgh Police Department who sacrificed his life in the line of duty in January of 2014.

All vests will be embroidered with the sentiment, “In Memory of K9 Rocco, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police”.

Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., a 501c(3) organization is still accepting donations through their website: and via mail P.O. Box 9 East Taunton, MA 02718.

In 2013, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. partnered with Groupon and was named as one of “The Best of 2013” campaigns. The nonprofit raised $155, 537.33 in just one week, which provided ballistic vests for 163 law enforcement dogs in 30 states.  There are an estimated 30,000 police dogs throughout the United States.


Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. is a 501c (3) charity located in East Taunton, MA. Whose mission is to provide bullet and stab protective vests and other assistance to dogs of law enforcement and related agencies throughout the United States. Each vest costs $950.00 and has a 5 year warranty. The nonprofit was established in 2009 to assist law enforcement agencies with this potentially lifesaving body armor for their four legged K9 Officers. Through private and corporate sponsorships, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc. provided over 1047 law enforcement dogs in 39 states with protective vests since 2009.

The organization orders the U.S. made vests exclusively from distributor Regency Police Supply in Hyannis, MA. Who also does the custom embroidery on the body armor.

New K9 graduates as well as K9’s with expired vests are eligible to participate. The program is open to law enforcement dogs who are US employed, certified and at least 19 months of age.

For more information or to learn about volunteer opportunities, please call 508-824-6978. Tax deductible donations and event listings are via the website:

July 1, 2014 Posted by | GJPD News | , , , , | Leave a comment


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