On Sunday night, shortly after 9:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department were dispatched to the area of 28 3/4 Road and Elm Avenue on a report of an assault.
Upon contact with the victim, she stated that she works for a home for disabled adults. Earlier in the evening, the victim was at Wal-Mart with two of her clients. Upon exiting the store, a male standing outside yelled a racial slur at one of her clients. The male was escorted off the property by an employee, and the victim stated that she and her clients proceeded to her vehicle and left the store.
As the victim was driving down 28 3/4 Road, she witnessed the same male in the area of Grand Mesa Little League, urinating in the road. The victim stopped her vehicle with the intent of taking a picture and reporting the incident to police. The male then approached the victim’s vehicle, smashed out the driver’s window, and began to strike the victim in the head with closed fists. The victim drove away and contacted police.
Officers later contacted a male at Western Convenience, 2998 North Avenue, who was identified at Travis Morrison, 30. Morrison was positively identified as the suspect, based on surveillance footage obtained by Wal-Mart, as well as identification by the victim. Morrison’s hands were also noted to be bleeding at the time of contact, which would be consistent with breaking the victim’s window.
Morrison was arrested and remanded to the Mesa County Jail on charges of 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (F5), Assault in the Third Degree (M1), and Criminal Mischief (M2).
On Monday morning, shortly before 5:00am, officers were dispatched to the 600 Block of Saffron Way, on a report of a burglary.
Officers contacted the victim, who stated that she heard her dog barking at approximately 4:15am. When she came downstairs about 30 minutes later, she observed her garage door to be open, and several items to be missing from her home, including a computer, a toy motorcycle, and miscellaneous food items. The victim also stated that her vehicle had been entered, and small amount of change was missing.
Upon investigation, officers observed a set of footprints in the snow, leading to several homes in the area, indicating a possible attempt to enter those residences, as well.
Officers located Nathan Martinez, 22, in a nearby apartment complex. Officers found shoes, matching the imprints in the snow, near Martinez, under a BBQ grill. Martinez was found to be in possession of a pipe, containing suspected methamphetamine, as well as tools commonly used for committing burglaries.
Martinez advised the location of the stolen property, which was later recovered, and told officers that he had entered the home and stolen the items. He said that “he was hungry, and had made several stupid decisions.”
Martinez was taken into custody and booked into the jail on charges of 2nd Degree burglary (F3), 1st Degree Criminal Trespass of Auto (F5), 7 counts of attempted 1st Degree Criminal (F6), Trespass, Theft of Less than $2000 (M1), Possession of Burglary Tools (F5), Possession of a Schedule II Controlled Substance (F4), and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (PO).