On Tuesday night, shortly after 7:00pm, officers with the Grand Junction Police Department responded to the Stop and Save convenience store, located at 621 24 Road, on a report of an armed robbery. The victim, an employee of the store, stated that a masked man entered the business, brandished a handgun, and demanded money. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect left the business and was seen leaving the area in a white passenger car, driven by an unknown female.
Approximately 30 minutes later, officers were dispatched to a reported carjacking in the Redlands. The victim reported that he picked up a male and female near the West Gate Inn. The couple advised the victim that their vehicle had broken down, and the victim agreed to give them a ride. The victim stated that when they were in the area of Rio Linda Lane and the Redlands Parkway, the male, who was riding in the front passenger seat, produced a large, fixed blade knife, and threatened the victim with it. The female began striking the victim from the back seat, while the male took the keys out of the truck, exited the passenger side, and came around to the driver’s side of the truck, pulling the victim out of the vehicle. The suspects then fled the area in the victim’s vehicle.
Within this timeframe, the white sedan, which was the vehicle associated with the robbery of the convenience store, was located, abandoned on Scarlet Drive.
Dispatch was able to air this information, including the description and plate number of the stolen truck, to law enforcement in surrounding counties. At approximately 9:00pm, law enforcement in Garfield County located the truck on I-70. The truck failed to yield to emergency vehicles, and was pursued by law enforcement from several agencies, with speeds reported to reach as much as 100mph. Even after several of the truck’s tires were deflated, the suspects continued to attempt to flee from law enforcement. Eventually, the pursuit ended near Glenwood Springs, and the suspects, identified as Kelsy Capps, 23, of Kansas, and Nathanael Owens, 35, of Rifle, were taken into custody.
Both Capps and Owens face charges in Garfield County, as well as a no bond warrant out of the Grand Junction Police Department for charges of Aggravated Robbery, Felony Menacing, Assault, Theft, and Aggravated Motor Vehicle Theft.