Taco Bell Shooting Update

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A GJPD criminalist photographs evidence the night of the shooting.

 

Suspects Involved in Homicide and Robberies Identified

Two People are in Custody; Warrants Issued for Two Others

Case # 11-33812, 11-33769, 11-33727 and 11-33773

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo –  After an intensive investigation, the Grand Junction Police Department has identified four suspects involved in the shooting that took place outside the Taco Bell on Saturday, July 16.  The same group of people is also linked to two armed robberies and a burglary that took place in Grand Junction earlier that day. 

Lester Miranda-Davis (DOB: 08-26-92) is currently being held in the Mesa County Jail on the charges listed below.  Christian Fuentes (DOB: 06-01-91) is currently in custody in California on unrelated charges.  He also has a GJPD warrant for the charges listed below in connection with our investigation.  Warrants have also been issued for two other suspects, Jaime Cardenas (DOB: 08-14-91) and Fidel Silva (DOB: 05-19-87), who are currently at large, however we have reason to believe they have left Colorado.  As soon as investigators are at a point where releasing photos of the suspects would not jeopardize the investigation, we will do so.  

Because this is an ongoing investigation, the courts have sealed the case.  Further information will be released at a time when doing so would not jeopardize it. 

It is important for the community to know that we believe the four incidents that took place last Saturday were all committed by the same group of suspects.  Moreover, we currently believe that the suspects are either in custody or currently out of our area.  Detectives are working closely with other law enforcement partners to locate the two suspects who are still outstanding. 

If anyone has additional information about this incident or the whereabouts of the two suspects still at large they can call the Grand Junction Police Department at 242-6707, call Crime Stoppers at 241-STOP, send the information via the web at www.241stop.com, or text CRIMES to 241STOP and include your tip information.  The identity of the person providing the information will remain anonymous. 

CHARGES:

Lester Miranda-Davis: 1st deg.burglary, felony theft, aggravated robbery, felony menacing (3 counts), theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. Murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts) 

Christian Fuentes: 1st deg. Burglary (2 counts), felony theft (2 counts), aggravated robbery (2 counts), felony menacing (5 counts), misdemeanor theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. Murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts) 

Jaime Cardenas: 1st deg. Burglary (2 counts), felony theft (2 counts), aggravated robbery (2 counts), felony menacing (5 counts), misdemeanor theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. Murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts) 

Fidel Silva: 1st deg. Burglary (2 counts), felony theft (2 counts), aggravated robbery (2 counts), felony menacing (5 counts), misdemeanor theft, 1st deg. Murder, attempted 1st deg. murder (2 counts), 1st deg. Assault (3 counts)

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