2 Arrests Made In September Assault Case Involving Man Found On Main St. With Severe Head Injuries; 3rd Person Wanted #GVCopBeat

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Jeffrey Toney
Jeffrey Toney
Marquise Deshawn Evans
Marquise Deshawn Evans

The Grand Junction Police Department has arrested two men believed to be involved in an assault that left 33-year-old Zachery Lane with serious head injuries.  21-year-old Marquise Deshawn Evans of Grand Junction and 21-year-0ld Jeffrey Toney of Grand Junction are both in the Mesa County Jail.  They are facing second degree assault charges. We also have an arrest warrant for 21-year-old Brandon Malik Butler for second degree assault, however we have not located him at this time.

A woman found Mr. Lane lying on the sidewalk in front of 413 Main St. just after 2:00 a.m. on September 13, 2014. We identified the man as Zachery Lane, and he had significant, life-threatening head injuries that were not consistent with a simple fall. (Previously released information can be found here.)

Detectives began piecing together the limited initial information and using surveillance video from several sources in the Downtown area as well as information from a couple of witnesses, they were able to place the three suspects and Mr. Lane in the location of the assault at the same time it happened. No other people are seen entering or leaving that area during the time in question, and the three suspects are seen running down the alley behind the 400 block of Main St. shortly after.  There is no one behind them and the footage does not provide an obvious reason as to what the three were running from.

Detectives spoke with Brandon Butler who said he was in the area at that time but denied any involvement. They also spoke with Jeffrey Toney who also said he was in the area at the time. A judge signed a search warrant for the house where all three live, and investigators collected clothing matching the items worn by all three suspects on the night of the incident.

Mr. Lane has since been released from the hospital and is continuing his recovery. He told officers he did not have an argument with anyone and has no idea why someone would assault him.  He also does not know anyone who matches the descriptions of the three suspects.

Anyone with information about this case or the whereabouts of Brandon Malik Butler can contact Detective Michael Struwe at 970-549-5250.  You can also provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers by calling 970-241-7867 or going online at www.241STOP.com.

4 thoughts on “2 Arrests Made In September Assault Case Involving Man Found On Main St. With Severe Head Injuries; 3rd Person Wanted #GVCopBeat

    LaKisha Jackson said:
    November 2, 2014 at 10:43 pm

    This all just sounds like racial profiling to me. Since when is it illegal to run? How about some real evidence ?

    Lisa scott said:
    November 3, 2014 at 2:02 pm

    Smdh!!!!!!This is racial profiling at its best!

    anonymous said:
    November 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm

    How is it racial at all ? Would you be saying that if it were 3 caucasians that had been arrested ? It couldn’t have been the witness statements ? It couldn’t be video of them running away from the area where a vicious assault had just taken place, and the timing corresponded as well ? Has every arrest of any non-caucasian person been because of racial profiling ? Bad people of every race really do exist. There are plenty of caucasians in that jail for assault also. If you have any evidence of racism in this investigation, or evidence of a cover up, then by all means, make it known. Shouting “Racism ! ” every time someone is arrested, in a case that you know nothing about not only makes you seem racist, but helps keep racism alive instead of letting that horrible thing die.

    […] Previously released information about this case can be found here. […]

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